I mean, just read all of Ursula LeGuin, okay? She will transport you to places where the magic you know is out there becomes real, and will also give shape to your vague sense of what is wrong. Whether you need more after the Earthsea series or you just love fantasy YA (or realistic, relationship-driven YA for that matter), Gifts is a mesmerizing story about what it might mean to relinquish a toxic power, and how understanding the diversity of our gifts might help to heal the damage caused by tradition. (Plus, magic.)
Picked by Jessica in Fort Greene
In this beautifully crafted yet darkly compelling fantasy, Le Guin writes of the cruelty of power and how hard it is to grow up in a world in which each person has a magical, dangerous gift.