Award of the Week – The 2017 Mythopoeic Awards


The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen that follow the tradition of fantasy put forth by The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Titles for mature young adults may be placed in the adult category. Books are eligible for selection as finalists the year after publication however if the title is part of a series the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. Below are the 2017 finalists, headlined by the 2017 winner.




0525426167 The Inquisitors Tale, or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
By: Adam Gidwitz

A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned. Ages 12-17

9780670785025 The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy)
By: S.E. Grove

In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped. Ages 10 and up

9780374302139 The Rat Prince: a new twist on Cinderella
By: Bridget Hodder

A new take on the Cinderella story, told from her point of view as well as that of a royal rat turned coachman. Ages 9-12

031612592X When the Sea Turned to Silver
By: Grace Lin

Pinmei, a storyteller’s granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor. Ages 9-12

0763688053 The Evil Wizard Smallbone
By: Delia Sherman

When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either. It’s a good thing the bookstore takes Nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis–the Evil Wizard Fidelou–and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he’s practically a puppy. And he can’t handle Fidelou alone. Ages 8-12


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