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The Young Readers Bookstore

Welcome to our new titles for young readers!

All our YR novels are appropriate for ages 12 and up,

with some for even younger readers.

See below for age appropriateness for all of Dark Owl's publications.


Dragons of the Ashfall:

Book One of the War of Leaves and Scales

by Jonathon Mast

An epic steampunk fantasy story!


Grayson North

Frost-Keeper of the Windy City

by Kevin M. Folliard

A totally cool fantasy adventure!

The Portal: This Set of Journeys is for You

has been moved to release in 2022.

We'll have more information here!

What about other books from Dark Owl?

The Black Garden

by John S. McFarland

Gothic historical fiction.

A woman in 1882 has traveled to St. Odile to work on her sculptures while staying with her uncle, Father Condell. She starts learning the strange secrets about the small town and soon becomes entangled.

Similar to: Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, Shirley Jackson.

Appropriate for teenagers.


A Celebration of Storytelling

by various authors

An anthology with 58 stories, each honoring the art of storytelling by incorporating a festival of some kind in the fantasy, horror/thriller, mystery, and science fiction genres. 

Similar to: General anthologies of genre fiction.

Appropriate for teenagers.


The Dark Walk Forward

by John S. McFarland

Gothic historical fiction.

A collection of stories, many taking place in the mysterious town of St. Odile, the characters connected by harrowing events and frightening circumstances.

Similar to: Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, Shirley Jackson.

Appropriate for teenagers.


Just About Anyone by Carl R. Jennings

High fantasy comedy.

After beheading their king, again, the Kingdom of Ugh needs a new ruler. A witch and wizard must figure out a way to stop the beheadings and make the subjects happy.

Similar to: Douglas Adams,

Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam.

Appropriate for teenagers.

The Keeper of Tales

by Jonathon Mast

Epic fantasy adventure.

In a land where telling stories dictates the world around them, an old man must gather a fellowship to stop the Fallen Lord and save the Storied Lands.

Similar to: J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Savvy younger readers could also enjoy it.


The Last Star Warden Series

by Jason J. McCuiston

Science fiction pulp adventure.

The adventures of the Last Star Warden and his trusted friend Quantum are chronicled in classic sci-fi stories reminiscent of the days of dime store pulp fiction.

Similar to: Sci-fi pulp from the 50s, but with modern sensibilities.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


No Lesser Angels, No Greater Devils

by Laura J. Campbell

A collection of stories in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller, and speculative fiction genres exploring various themes concerning life, death, and the struggles between.

Similar to: Shirley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler.

Appropriate for teenagers.


Something Wicked This Way Rides

by various authors

A weird western anthology with genre fiction stories that take place in the North American Old West. Includes sci-fi, horror, thriller, fantasy, and mystery stories.

Similar to: Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Richard Matheson.

Appropriate for teenagers.