- Akata WitchNNEDI OKORAFOR
Dubbed the “Nigerian Harry Potter,” Okorafor’s YA crossover novel of a Nigerian-American girl with albino skin and a deep well of magical talent is an absolutely stunning read, a gem in an overcrowded subgenre.
Tamora Pierce is an incredibly influential author in young adult fantasy, and Alanna: The First Adventure is truly the first adventure in the Tortall universe, which builds out across multiple other series. Alanna is also one of Pierce’s most compelling protagonists: stubborn, Gifted, and unwilling to let the world dictate who she should become.
150th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
LEWIS CARROLL; INTRODUCTION BY CHARLIE LOVETT; ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN TENNIEL
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has inspired countless adaptations, retellings, and nods from subtle to overt, in the years since it was first published in 1865. This whimsical tale is fantastic to read as a child, with its ridiculous situations and nonsensical words, and loads of fun to come back to as an adult, as one of the first portal fantasies in literature.— Haley