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Holly Black


Holly Black

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including TITHE: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Her book DOLL BONES was a 2014 ALA John Newbery Honor Book. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is

Holly Black

Books by Holly Black

by Holly Black - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

After the revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe, so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

by Holly Black - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him --- and face the consequences. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

by Holly Black - Fantasy, Young Adult 12+
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does... As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
by Holly Black - Dystopian, Fiction, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

by Holly Black - Young Adult 10+

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. In middle school the game comes to an end, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen --- and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

by Holly Black - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult 14+

For Cassel Sharpe, cheating comes as easily as breathing. Despite his history --- growing up in a family of con artists and working as an assassin --- he’s trying to do the right thing. But being good is harder than he ever thought, especially after he is called on to do the one thing he said he would never do again.

edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner - Urban Fantasy, Young Adult 12+

Bordertown is a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Here, Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, but also to find themselves. WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN features an eclectic group of writers that have teamed up to paint the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

by Holly Black - Urban Fantasy

Being a transformation curse worker should have made Cassel’s life easier. Instead his older brother is murdered, and both the Feds and the mob have taken a special interest in the case --- and Cassel. There’s also a girl madly in love with him, but Cassel can’t trust that it’s real.

Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier - Anthology, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

Through short stories by many bestselling teen authors, this anthology --- edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) --- makes arguments extolling the strengths of both unicorns and zombies to determine the age old question: Which is better?

by Holly Black - Urban Fantasy

A white cat is plaguing the dreams of Cassel Sharpe. It's trying to tell him something important about his connections to curse workers --- people who can manipulate others with a touch from their hands --- and Cassel isn't ready to confront the truths that haunt his past.

written by Holly Black, illustrated by Ted Naifeh - Graphic Novel

Rue Silver's life is not what it appears to be. Her mother is a faerie, and has been taken back to the faerie realm. As Rue goes to bring her back, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves. When her grandfather's plans threaten Rue's city, she realizes that she's the only one who can stop him. But is Rue a human or a faerie? Where does she fit? How does she know the difference between love and enchantment?

written by Holly Black, illustrated by Ted Naifeh - Graphic Novel

Rue Silver’s life isn’t at all what it appears to be; her mother has disappeared --- and her father is being blamed for her murder. Is he guilty, or is there another truth behind it all? Rue digs deeper into her family’s past and makes a startling discovery: her mother is a faerie, and she’s vanished back into the faerie realm because of a broken promise. In order to save her, Rue must defeat a dark faerie --- who threatens our very mortal world.

by Holly Black - Fantasy

IRONSIDE is Holly Black's third dark faery tale and the second to feature Kaye, a changeling pixie who grew up thinking she was a human girl. Torn between her faery lover Roiben and the human world she knows, the book finds Kaye struggling to maintain her human identity while embracing her faerie destiny.

by Holly Black - Fantasy

Kaye travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home in New Jersey. There, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms --- a struggle that could very well mean her death.