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SFF for Children and Young Adults

These are some of the latest books and films suitable for younger people that have been reviewed on Warpcore SF. If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search box on the right to find many more.

Books for young adult readers

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A Dream So Dark by L. L. McKinney
4 star rating
Alice Kingston grapples with her fears as her family and friends are drawn into the battles of Wonderland, and a mysterious adversary is raising dark creatures. The second book in the Nightmare Verse series.


30th August 2020

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A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
4 star rating
In modern Atlanta, a young woman called Alice finds a portal to Wonderland and her mission to protect the world. But mundane duties keep pulling her in different directions. The first book in the Nightmare Verse series.


2nd February 2020

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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic To Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
4 star rating
In a town where supernatural creatures live beside ordinary humans, a werewolf barista tries to blend in. But when her friend is hurt by a rogue magician she has to take a stand. The first in the Moonstruck series.


21st September 2018

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As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
4 star rating
A young woman is held captive by a beast in a cursed castle, whilst trying to untangle what that curse has to do with her family.


10th February 2019

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Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell
4 star rating
It takes more than the kiss of a prince to wake Sleeping Beauty in this retelling of the Disney version of the tale. Part of the Twisted Tales series.


4th February 2020

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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
4 star rating
Some people seem to believe Callum Hunt is the personification of evil, and the young mage is afraid they might be right. The second novel in the Magisterium series.


27th December 2015

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Mine To Spell by Janeal Falor
4 star rating
A young woman living in a repressive society struggles to conceal her forbidden magic. The second novel in the Mine series.


19th October 2015

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Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
4 star rating
A boy gets the chance to go to magic school, but he would rather do anything else. The first in the Magisterium series.


26th August 2015

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Railsea by China Mieville
5 star rating
In a world of looping rails stretching to the horizon, a young man sets out to discover what is at the end of the tracks.


25th November 2013

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Castle Waiting: Volume 1 by Linda Medley
4 star rating
A fairytale castle opens its doors to refugees, misfits, and eccentrics. They all have stories to tell. A graphic novel.


12th August 2014

Films for a young audience

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Planet 51 directed by Jorge Blanco
4 star rating
An astronaut lands on a planet, only to discover that he is the alien invader.


26th January 2011

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The Secret Of Moonacre directed by Gabor Csupo
4 star rating
Can Maria Merryweather lift the curse that blights her family and save Moonacre valley?



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Shrek The Third directed by Chris Miller
4 star rating
The grumpy green ogre faces his biggest challenge yet: fatherhood.



Howl    
Howl's Moving Castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki
4 star rating
A girl is cursed with old age, and a wizard has no heart in this animated fantasy.



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Shrek Forever After directed by Mike Mitchell
3 star rating
Shrek decides his perfect family life is too much for him, so he makes a bargain to allow him to go back to being a big, bad ogre.


13th July 2010