Wondrous Tales for Wary Readers

Sometimes it is difficult to find a story that will truly grab you and keep you entertained. It can be tiring, trying book after book only to find yourself struggling to finish any of them. This is a list of books that should help with that! Each book contains adventure and intrigue, much of which will keep you guessing until the end. Throughout the list you will find, stories told through pictures, stories told through poetry, a girl detective, a doctor who studies monsters, an airship, a circus on a riverboat, and a Colt revolver. If any of these sound intriguing to you take a look at the list below!


Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

The Floating Circus

In 1850s Pittsburgh, thirteen-year-old Owen leaves his younger brother and sneaks aboard a circus housed in a riverboat, where he befriends a freed slave, learns to work with elephants, and finally comes to terms with the choices he has made in his difficult life. 

The Marvels

Told in two stand-alone stories, the first nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, and the second in text. Inspired by the Dennis Severs’ House in London.

The Monstrumologist

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.


In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig’s only protection is a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin’s storeroom. The question is, will Sig use the gun, and why?

Scarlett Undercover

Scarlett, a sixteen-year-old private detective in the fictional city of Las Almas, finds herself at the center of a mysterious case–involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn–as she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

In this gruesome collection of horror stories, 14 authors take inspiration from movies, books, songs, and television, twisting, reworking, and combining them to create something terrifying and new.

SuperMutant Magic Academy

SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy.