There are many fantastical elements in the magical realms found in young adult literature. But there is more to these books than just magic spells and wands. At their hearts, these books tell deeply human stories. From the Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, students will learn about the themes and conventions found in young adult fantasy fiction with this high-interest book! Featuring TIME content, this high-interest nonfiction reader builds critical literacy skills and academic vocabulary and is purposefully leveled to engage different types of learners. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and Lori Oczkus, the text includes a table of contents, captions, glossary, index, and images to deepen understanding. The detailed sidebars feature fun facts that develop higher-order thinking. The Try It! culminating activity provides additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL and WIDA/TESOL standards, this text features complex content appropriate for middle school students.