Fantasy Fiction for Kids

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Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author's last name. 

The Arkadians
by Lloyd Alexander 
To escape the wrath of the king and his wicked soothsayers, an honest young man joins with a poet-turned-jackass and a young girl with mystical powers on a series of epic adventures.

The Book of Three: Chronicles of Prydain #1
by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
See also:
The Black Cauldron: Chronicles of Prydain #2
The Castle of Llyr: Chronicles of Prydain #3
Taran Wanderer: Chronicles of Prydain #4
The High King: Chronicles of Prydain #5

Goblin Secrets                                                         
by William Alexander             
Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.

Ghoulish Song
by William Alexander
When the music of a bone flute given to her by a goblin separates Kaile's shadow from herself, her family believes she has died and become a ghoul, and Kaile must set out to prove that she still lives. 

Skellig
by David Almond                         
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

Frostborn
by Lou Anders                                       
Preferring to spend his time playing a favorite fantasy board game rather than preparing to take over his family's farm in Norrøngard, Karn teams up with half-giantess Thianna and flees into the woods to escape a dragon, an undead warrior and other fantastical adversaries.

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan  Auxier                        
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
by Jonathan  Auxier 
Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime.

The Book Without Words
by Avi                                                          
Having tried for years to unlock the secrets of the magical Book Without Words, old man Thorston dies in failure and the book is passed on to his servant, Sybil, and her magical raven who eagerly begin the process of breaking the code.

Bright Shadow
by Avi     
Having used four of the five wishes she is granted to make on behalf of the hapless citizens of her country, Morwenna flees the kingdom to decide what to do with the last wish.

Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt                      
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now shares their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

The Peculiar
by Stefan Bachmann                          
After humans win the faery wars in England, a half-human, half-faery child, scorned by both races, finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.

The Salamander Spell:  A Prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess
by E. D. Baker                                       
Thirteen-year-old Grassina vies with her older sister, Chartreuse, to see who will inherit the family's talent for magic and become the Green Witch, while each ponders which prince will be at her side during her "happily ever after."

The Frog Princess: Tales of the Frog Princess #1
by E. D. Baker     
After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.
See also:
The Frog Princess Returns: Tales of the Frog Princess #2
No Place for Magic: Tales of the Frog Princess #4
The Dragon Princess: Tales of the Frog Princess #6
A Prince Among Frogs: Tales of the Frog Princess #8

A Question of Magic
by E. D. Baker
Serafina is summoned from her village to the magical cottage of a great aunt she has never heard of and learns that she is meant to become the new Baba Yaga, whose magical role is answering the first question any stranger might ask her with the truth.

The Wide-Awake Princess
by E. D. Baker
Annie, younger sister of the princess who would be known as Sleeping Beauty, is immune to magic and stays awake when the rest of the castle falls into an enchanted sleep, then sets out to find a way to break the spell.
See also:
Unlocking the Spell

Dragon’s Breath
by E. D. Baker
Having recovered their human shape, Emeralda and Eadric try to help Aunt Grassina find the special objects needed to break the spell that turned Grassina's true love, Haywood, into an otter.
See also:
Once Upon a Curse

Wings
by E. D. Baker
When Tamisin discovers that she is half fairy, she decides to find out more directly from the fairies themselves, including her mother, the fairy queen.
See also:
Fairy Lies

The Mostly True Story of Jack
by Kelly Barnhill                                   
Jack is practically invisible at home, but when his parents send him to Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend a summer with his odd aunt and uncle, he suddenly makes friends, is beaten up by the town bully, and is plotted against by the richest man in town.

Peter Pan
by J. M. Barrie
The classic tale that relates the adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Atlantis Rising
by T. A. Barron                                 
The young thief Promi and the forest girl Atlanta battle evil and in the process bring about the creation of Atlantis.

Merlin’s Dragon
by T. A. Barron
Basil, a small, flying lizard who is searching for others like himself, discovers that there is more to him than he knows, as he becomes engaged in Avalon's great war between the evil Rhita Gawr and the forces of good.
See also:
Merlin’s Dragon: Doomraga’s Revenge #2
The Lost Years of Merlin #1
The Seven Songs of Merlin: The Lost Years of Merlin #2
The Fires of Merlin:  The Lost Years of Merlin #3
The Wings of Merlin:  The Lost Years of Merlin #5

The Bridge to Never Land
by Dave Barry                                       
Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher a mysterious document that refers to the origins of Peter Pan and are suddenly pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them.
See also:
Peter and the Sword of Mercy

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum                                   
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
See also:
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
Emerald City of Oz
Little Wizard Stories of Oz
Marvelous Land of Oz
Patchwork Girl of Oz
Road to Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
Tin Woodman of Oz

The Brimstone Key: The Clockwork Chronicles #1
by Derek Benz
As the four friends known as the Grey Griffins begin school at Iron Bridge Academy, rumors surface that a mad scientist known as the Clockwork King is back, and they must defeat his robotic war machines before total devastation is unleashed.
See also:
The Relic Hunters : The Clockwork Chronicles #2

The Revenge of the Shadow King: The Grey Griffins #1
by Derek Benz 
When Max Sumner and three friends play a magical card game called Round Table, they realize that it is up to them to prevent the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town, indeed, their world.
See also:
The Rise of the Black Wolf: The Grey Griffins #2
The Fall of the Templar: The Grey Griffins #3

Jinx
by Sage Blackwood                           
A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.              

First Hero: Chronicles of Avantia #1
by Adam Blade                               
Tanner, with the good Beast Firepos the Flame Bird, is waiting to avenge his father's death by warlord Derthsin when Avantia is menaced by an evil army seeking the pieces of the Mask of Death, as Tanner sets out to find the pieces first.
See also:
Chasing Evil: Chronicles of Avantia #2
Call to War: Chronicles of Avantia #3
Fire and Fury: Chronicles of Avantia #4

Small Persons with Wings
by Ellen Booraem                               
When Mellie Turpin's grandfather dies and leaves her family his run-down inn and bar, she learns that for generations her family members have been fairy guardians, and now that the fairies want an important ring returned, the Turpins become involved in a series of magical adventures as they try to locate the missing ring.

The Children of Green Knowe
by L. M.  Boston                                   
Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the ancient house of Green Knowe and becomes friends with three children who lived there in the seventeenth century.

Darkwood
by M. E. Breen                                       
A clever and fearless orphan endures increasing danger while trying to escape from greedy, lawless men and elude the terrifying  "kinderstalks"--animals who steal children--before discovering her true destiny.

The Wish Giver
by Bill Brittain                             
When a strange little man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising he can give people exactly what they ask for, three young believers-in-magic each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way.

Kat, Incorrigible
by Stephanie Burgis                       
In Regency England, when fourteen-year-old Kat discovers she has magical powers, she tries to use them to rescue her sister from marrying a man she does not love.
See also:
Stolen Magic

Firegold
by Dia Calhoun                                   
After Jonathon is blamed for the blight that is destroying the Valley's  precious orchards, he escapes to the Red Mountains to find out if he is a Dalriada--one of the mountain people who have magnificent horses and mystical powers.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll                           
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

Happenstance Found: Books of Umber #1
by P. W. Catanese                           
A boy awakens, blindfolded, with no memory of even his name, but soon meets Lord Umber, an adventurer and inventor, who calls him Happenstance and tells him that he has a very important destiny--and a powerful enemy.
See also:
Dragon Games: Books of Umber #2
The End of Time: Books of Umber #3

The School for Good and Evil
by Soman Chainani                         
Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.

The Secret Zoo #1
by Bryan Chick                                     
Noah and his friends follow a trail of mysterious clues to uncover a secret behind the walls of the Clarksville City Zoo--a secret that must be protected at all costs.
See also:
Secrets and Shadows:  The Secret Zoo #2
Riddles and Danger:  The Secret Zoo #3

No Passengers Beyond This Point
by Gennifer Choldenko                       
With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories #1
by Chris  Colfer                                       
Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern-day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
See also:
The Enchantress Returns:  The Land of Stories #2
A Grimm Warning:  The Land of Stories #3
Beyond the Kingdoms:   The Land of Stories #4
An Author’s Odyssey:   The Land of Stories #5
Worlds Collide:   The Land of Stories #6 

Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl #1
by Eoin Colfer                                     
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
See also:
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code:  Artemis Fowl #3
Artemis Fowl: Opal Deception:  Artemis Fowl #4
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox:  Artemis Fowl #6
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex:  Artemis Fowl #7
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian:  Artemis Fowl #8

The Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi                                     
The adventures of a talking wooden marionette whose nose grew whenever he told a lie.

Into the Land of the Unicorns: Unicorn Chronicles #1
by Bruce Coville                                     
Having jumped into the fantasy land of Luster, Cara joins Lightfoot the unicorn in the search for Queen Arabella Skydancer.
See also:
The Song of the Wanderer:  Unicorn Chronicles #2
Dark Whispers:  Unicorn Chronicles #3
The Last Hunt:  Unicorn Chronicles #4

How to Train Your Dragon #1
by Cressida Cowell                               
Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
See also:
Complete Book of Dragons
How to be a Pirate
How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
How to break a Dragon’s Heart
How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword
How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel
How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale                                    
How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
How to Cheat a Dragon’s Fury

The BFG
by Roald Dahl                                   
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl   
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl   
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

The Minpins
by Roald Dahl   
Little Billy enters the Forest of Sin and meets the Minpins, matchstick-sized people who live in tree cities besieged by the Smoke-Belching Gruncher whom Billy vows to destroy.

The Witches
by Roald Dahl   
Turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch when he discovers her plot to destroy every child in England, a little boy--aided by his intrepid grandmother--takes on the witch and her coven

The Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice #1
by Joseph Delaney                               
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."
See also:
The Curse of the Bane: The Last Apprentice #2
The Night of the Soul Stealer: The Last Apprentice #3
Attack of the Fiend: The Last Apprentice #4
The Wrath of the Blood Eye: The Last Apprentice #5
The Spook’s Tale & Other Horrors: The Last Apprentice #6
The Rise of the Huntress: The Last Apprentice #7

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
by Charles De Lint                           
Twelve-year-old Lillian, an orphan who loves roaming the woods looking for fairies when her chores are done, is bitten by a deadly snake and saved through the magical forest creatures.

The Last Dragon
by Silvana De Mari                           
Struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world after his village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth's last elf, must embark on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun.

Flora & Ulysses
by Kate DiCamillo                           
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

The Field Guide:  Spiderwick Chronicles #1
by Tony DiTerlizzi                             
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
See also:
The Seeing Stone:  Spiderwick Chronicles #2
Lucinda’s Secret:  Spiderwick Chronicles #3
The Ironwood Tree:  Spiderwick Chronicles #4
The Wrath of Mulgarath:  Spiderwick Chronicles #5

The Nixie’s Song: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #1
by Tony DiTerlizzi 
When his father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow, eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas finds an ally in his new stepsister when a little nixie with a huge problem comes to him for help.
See also:
A Giant Problem: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #2

The Fire Within: Last Dragon Chronicles #1
by Chris  D’Lacey                                 
When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jump-start his writing career.
See also:
Fire Star: Last Dragon Chronicles #3
The Fire Eternal: Last Dragon Chronicles #4
Dark Fire: Last Dragon Chronicles #5
Fire World: Last Dragon Chronicles #6

So You Want to be a Wizard: Young Wizards #1
by Diane Duane     
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
See also:
Deep Wizardry: Young Wizards #2
High Wizardry: Young Wizards #3
A Wizard Abroad: Young Wizards #4
The Wizard’s Dilemma: Young Wizards #5
A Wizard Alone: Young Wizards #6
A Wizard’s Holiday: Young Wizards #7
Wizards at War: Young Wizards #8

The City of Ember  (Ember #1)
by Jeanne Duprau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
See also:
The People of Sparks  (Ember #2)
The Prophet of Yonwood  (Ember #3)
The Diamond of Darkhold  (Ember #4)

The Luck Uglies
by Paul  Durham                               
Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies.
See Also:                                                        
Fork-Tongue Charmers
Rise of the Ragged Clover

Seven-Day Magic
by Edward Eager                                 
A seven-day book of magic proves to be fractious for five children, who must learn the book's rules and tame its magic.

The Familiars
by Adam Jay Epstein                             
When an alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical companion to Jack, a wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow "familiars," a blue jay and tree frog, must save the kingdom after the queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two others.

The Sea of Trolls
by Nancy Farmer                              
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

The Islands of the Blessed
by Nancy Farmer                             
The apprentice bard Jack and his Viking companion Thorgil confront the malevolent spirit of a vengeful mermaid and begin a quest that casts them among the fin folk of Notland.

The Land of the Silver Apples
by Nancy Farmer     
After escaping from the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard Jack plunges into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.

The Crimson Shard
by Teresa  Flavin                               
During a visit to a museum Sunni and Blaise are lured by a tour guide to a doorway through which they find themselves in eighteenth-century London and as the tour guide quizzes them about certain magical paintings they try to find a way home.

The Half-a-Moon Inn
by Paul Fleischman                               
Lost on wintry roads, Aaron, who was born mute, comes upon the bewitched Half-a-Moon Inn where the wicked proprietor forces him to assist her in picking pockets and prying into people's dreams.

The 13th Floor
by Sid Fleischman                             
When his older sister disappears, twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins follows her back in time and finds himself aboard a seventeenth-century pirate ship captained by a distant relative.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee                                 
A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum introduces young skeptic and unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who on her first day in the strange museum where her father works discovers a boy locked away in a long-forgotten room as a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen—and he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

The Robe of Skulls:  Tales from the Five Kingdoms #1
by Vivian French   
The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a very expensive new robe, and she will stop at nothing--including kidnapping and black magic--to get the money to pay for it.
See also:
The Bag of Bones:  Tales from the Five Kingdoms #2
The Heart of Glass:  Tales from the Five Kingdoms #3
The Flight of Dragons:  Tales from the Five Kingdoms #4

Dragon Rider
by Cornelia Funke
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest for a legendary valley, finding friendly and unfriendly creatures, and struggling to evade an old enemy.

Igraine the Brave
by Cornelia Funke
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight, and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

Inkheart #1
by Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
See also:
Inkspell #2
Inkdeath #3

Dragon Slippers #1
by Jessica Day George                     
Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom.
See also:
Dragon Flight: Dragon Slippers #2
Dragon Spear: Dragon Slippers #3

Tuesdays at the Castle: Castle Glower #1
by Jessica Day George   
Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday, and when the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
See also:
Wednesdays at the Tower: Castle Glower #2
Thursdays with the Crown: Castle Glower #3
Fridays with the Wizards: Castle Glower #4

Tale of Dark & Grimm #1
 by Adam Gidwitz
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering witches, devils, warlocks, kindly strangers, and other helpful folk as they take charge of their own happily ever after.
See also:
In a Glass Grimmly: Tale of Dark & Grimm #2
The Grimm Conclusion: Tale of Dark & Grimm #3

The Path of Names
by Ari  Goelman                                   
Preferring Math Club and video games to outdoor adventures and spending time with mean-spirited peers, Dahlia Shulman reluctantly attends Jewish summer camp, where she wonders about a forbidden hedge maze, sees visions of two ghost girls and experiences frighteningly detailed dreams of a young man being pursued in 1930s New York.

The Call: The Magnificent 12 #1
by Michael Grant                                                                     
Mack MacAvoy, a seemingly average 12-year-old, learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children who will attempt to save the world from the powerful Pale Queen and her beautiful daughter, Risky.
See Also:
The Trap:  The Magnificent 12 #2
The Key: The Magnificent 12 #3

Dinotopia
by James Gurney                                 
In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son Will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully.
See also:
Dinotopia:  The World Beneath

The Book of Dragons
by Michael Hague                               
A lavishly illustrated collection of seventeen classic dragon tales includes the works of such writers as Kenneth Grahame, E. Nesbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Italo Calvino, and features such heroic characters as Perseus and St. George.

Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest
by Matt Haig                                         
Accompanied by his aunt's Norwegian elkhound, Ibsen, twelve-year-old Samuel ventures into a weird forest filled with strange and dangerous creatures to rescue his younger sister, Martha, who has been mute since their parents' recent death.

Prince of Underwhere
by Bruce  Hale                         
When Zeke, his twin sister Stephanie, their neighbor Hector, and Hector's cat Fitz slide into the world of Underwhere, Zeke is hailed as a prince who will, according to an ancient prophecy, free the Undies from the evil UnderLord's rule by finding and destroying his throne.

Dormia
by Jake  Halpern                                   
After being informed about his family’s connection to the land of Dormia from a long-lost uncle, 12-year-old Alfonso Perplexon learns about the Founding Tree, the horrendous fate Dormia will face if it dies, and the role he must play as a skilled sleeper to save his ancestral land and its people.

The Seer and the Sword
by Victoria Hanley                                 
When Princess Torina's father seizes the peaceful kingdom of Bellandra, he gives to her two gifts--a crystal ball and the defeated king's son, Landen, as a slave--both of which prove more precious than she ever imagined.

The Light of the Oracle
by Victoria Hanley     
During a harsh winter, Varjak Paw, a cat with great powers, leads his companions as they search for food, elude dangerous gangs, and hope to locate a hidden city where they can all be safe.

Fly by Night
by Frances Hardinge                      
Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn't got much. Her parents are dead, her cruel uncle keeps her locked away, and her only friend is her pet goose. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. In a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life—but it may also be the death of her.
See also:
Fly Trap

The Lost Conspiracy
by Frances Hardinge   
Arilou is proclaimed a beautiful prophetess—one of the island's  precious oracles: a Lost. Hathin, her junior, is her nearly invisible attendant. But neither Arilou nor Hathin is exactly what she seems, and they live a lie that is carefully constructed and jealously guarded.

Well Witched
by Frances Hardinge     
Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins.

13 Curses
by Michelle Harrison         
When fairies steal her brother, thirteen-year-old Rowan Fox promises that in exchange for his return she will find the thirteen charms that the fairies have enchanted and hidden in the human world.

The Art of Flying
by J. A.Hoffman                                   
Eleven-year-old Fortuna Dalliance is asked by the weird Baldwin sisters to convince Martin, a distinctly bird-like boy, to return to his true form as a swallow but Fortuna is not sure she is willing to lose her new friend.

The Princess and the Unicorn
by Carol Hughes                                
Joyce the fairy has the adventure she has always dreamed of when she  joins forces with a human princess to rescue the unicorn stolen from Swinley Forest, placing the forest and its fairy community in grave danger.

The Mermaid Summer
by Mollie Hunter                               
Anna's grandfather has been driven from the village for scorning a  mermaid, and to remove the danger to her family that his return would cause, Anna must ensnare the dangerous creature.

The Abominables
by Eva Ibbotson                                     
A century after a yeti captures Lady Agatha Farlingham and takes her to a hidden valley to raise his motherless children, tourism threatens their peaceful existence and young Con and Ellen take these educated and civilized yetis across Europe to Lady Agatha's home in England.

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
by Eva Ibbotson       
While spending the summer with elderly relatives at Clawstone Castle in northern England, Madlyn and her brother Rollo, with the help of several ghosts, attempt to save the rare cattle that live on the castle grounds.

Dial-a-Ghost
by Eva Ibbotson     
A family of nice ghosts protects a British orphan from the diabolical plans of his evil guardians.

The Haunting of Granite Falls
by Eva Ibbotson 
When twelve-year-old Alex's Scottish castle of Carra is sold, dismantled, and moved to Texas, the ghosts that raised him from a child have difficulty relocating.

Island of the Aunts
by Eva Ibbotson   
As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

Not Just a Witch
by Eva Ibbotson   
Wanting to be more than just an ordinary witch, Heckie, whose specialty is changing people into animals, settles in a small town determined to use her powers for good purposes.

The Ogre of Oglefort
by Eva Ibbotson 
When the Hag of Dribble, an excitement-hungry orphan boy named Ivo, a wizard and a troll are sent to rescue Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort, it turns out to be far from the routine magical mission they expect.

The Secret of Platform 13
by Eva Ibbotson   
Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their  Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.

Which Witch?
by Eva Ibbotson   
Deciding that he must sire a child to carry on his tradition of Loathing Light and Blighting the Beautiful, the Great Wizard Arriman announces a competition among the witches of Todcaster, one of whom will marry him.                      

Redwall #1
by Brian Jacques                                 
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
See also:
Mossflower
Mariel of Redwall
Salamandastron
Martin the Warrior
The Bellmaker
The Outcast of Redwall
The Long Patrol
Marlfox
The Legend of Luke
Lord Brocktree
Taggerung
Triss
Loamhedge
Rakkety Tam
High Rhulain
Eulalia!
Doomwyte
The Sable Queen
The Great Redwall Feast
A Redwall’s Winter Tale                                               

How to Catch a Bogle
by Catherine Jinks                           
In 1870s London, Birdie McAdam, a 10-year-old orphan girl, becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living.
See Also:
A Plague of Bogles
The Last Bogler

Cart & Cwidder:  Dalemark Quartet #1
by Diana Wynne Jones                       
When their father, a traveling minstrel, is killed, three children involved in rebellion and intrigue inherit a lute-like cwidder with more than musical powers.
See also:
Drowned Ammet:  Dalemark Quartet #2
The Spellcoats:  Dalemark Quartet #3
The Crown of Dalemark:  Dalemark Quartet #4

Conrad’s Fate
by Diana Wynne Jones
When his uncle sends him to work at the mysterious Stallery Mansion, twelve-year-old Conrad Tesdinic must overcome his bad karma and discover the source of the magic that threatens to pull his world into one of the eleven other parallel universes.

The Dark Lord of Derkholm
by Diana Wynne Jones 
Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating "Pilgrim Parties" tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney.

Earwig and the Witch
by Diana Wynne Jones   
Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald's, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage.

Enchanted Glass
by Diana Wynne Jones 
After his grandfather dies, Andrew Hope inherits a house and surrounding land in an English village, but things become very complicated when young orphan Aidan shows up and suddenly a host of variously magical townsfolk and interlopers start intruding on their lives.

House of Many Ways
by Diana Wynne Jones   
When Charmain is asked to housesit for Great Uncle William, the Royal Wizard of Norland, she is ecstatic to get away from her parents, but finds that his house is much more than it seems.

Howl’s Moving Castle #1
by Diana Wynne Jones   
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
See also:
Castle in the Air:  Howl’s Moving Castle #2

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton  Juster                                 
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers and finds a cure for his boredom.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister
by Liz Kessler                                       
When Philippa learns that the new girl at school, Daisy, is her reluctant fairy godsister, Philippa tries to use her customary three wishes constructively.
See also:
Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker’s Daughter

The Tail of Emily Windsnap
by Liz Kessler                                                             
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.
See also:
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Midst
Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun

Icefall
by Matthew  Kirby                               
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king's victory in battle, but as they wait for winter's end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.

The Eternal Hourglass
Kirov, Erica                                           
Nick Rostov learns that he is descended from a line of Russian Magickeepers on his dead mother's side, and that the powerful but evil Shadowkeepers will stop at nothing to get an ancient relic that his grandfather gave him.

The Dragon of Trelian
by Michelle Knudsen                           
A mage's apprentice, a princess, and a dragon combine their strength and magic to bring down a traitor and restore peace to the kingdom of Trelian.
See also:
The Princess of Trelian

The Forging of the Blade:  Blade Trilogy #1
by R. L. La Fevers                         
Ten-year-old Kenric leaves the village of Penrith to look for his father who recently has gone missing, and discovers that the evil Lord Mordig is plotting to take over the kingdom.
See also:
The Secrets of Grim Wood:  Blade Trilogy #2

Flight of the Phoenix:  Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #1
by R. L. La Fevers   
In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."
See also:
The Basilisk’s Lair: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #2
The Wyvern’s Treasure: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #3
The Unicorn’s Tail: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #4

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos:  Theodosia Throckmorton #1
by R. L. La Fevers   
Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.
See also:
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris:  Theodosia Throckmorton #2
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus:  Theodosia Throckmorton #3

Skulduggery Pleasant #1
by Derek Landy                                       
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
See also:
The Faceless Ones:  Skulduggery Pleasant #3
Dark Days: Skulduggery Pleasant #4
Mortal Coil:  Skulduggery Pleasant #5
Death Bringer: Skulduggery Pleasant #6
Kingdom of the Wicked: Skulduggery Pleasant #7
Last Stand of Dead Men:  Skulduggery Pleasant #8

Wizard of Earthsea: Earthsea #1
by Ursula LeGuin                           
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
See also:
The Tombs of Atuan:  Earthsea #2
Tehanu:  Earthsea #4
Tales from Earthsea:  Earthsea #5

The Colossus Rises: Seven Wonders #1
by Peter Lerangis                           
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
See also:
Lost in Babylon: Seven Wonders #2
The Tomb of Shadows:  Seven Wonders #3
The Curse of the King:  Seven Wonders #4

Ella, Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine                         
At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre
by Gail Carson Levine
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the the Grey Death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure.

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
by Gail Carson Levine
When visited by a fairy, fifteen-year-old Peregrine learns she is not Latki-born, so she begins to free her people from tyranny, even if it means fighting monsters--both magical and human.

A Tale of Two Castles
by Gail Carson Levine 
Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in the hope of studying acting but instead becomes an apprentice to the dragon Meenore, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her discover who is poisoning Count Jonty Um.
See also:
Stolen Magic

The Magician’s Nephew: Chronicles of Narnia #1
by C. S. Lewis                               
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
See also:
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia #2
The Horse and His Boy: Chronicles of Narnia #3
Prince Caspian: Chronicles of Narnia #4
Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Chronicles of Narnia #5
The Silver Chair: Chronicles of Narnia #6
The Last Battle: Chronicles of Narnia #7

The Ruby Key: Moon and Sun #1
by Holly Lisle                                           
Fourteen-year-old Genna and her twelve-year-old brother Dan learn of their uncle's plot to gain immortality and the two strike a bargain with the Nightling lord, which sets them on a dangerous journey along the Moonroads in search of a key.
See also:
The Silver Door: Moon and Sun #2

Bliss
by Kathryn Littlewood               
Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke.
See also:
A Dash of Magic

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting                                     
When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

Monster Hunters:  Nightmare Academy #1
by Dean  Lorey                                       
Thirteen-year-old Charlie learns that the monsters of his nightmares are real when he becomes a student at Nightmare Academy, and he begins training to harness his powers to fight terrible creatures and return them to the Netherworld.
See also:
Monster Madness:  Nightmare Academy #2
Monster War:  Nightmare Academy #3

11 Birthdays: Willow Falls #1
by Wendy Mass                                 
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
See also;
Finally: Willow Falls #2
13 Gifts: Willow Falls #3
The Last Present: Willow Falls #4
Graceful: Willow Falls #5

At the Back of the North Wind
by George MacDonald                   
The adventures of a little boy, named for his father's favorite horse, as he travels with the beautiful lady North Wind and comes to know the many facets of her protective and violent temper.

Hob and the Goblins
by William Mayne                           
Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.
See also:
The Book of Hob Stories

 The Moorchild
by Eloise McGraw                             
Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley                               
Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.

The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley     
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

Unwanteds #1
by Lisa McMann                               
Anticipating his death when he is labeled an "Unwanted" in a dystopian world that strictly filters its citizens, 13-year-old Alex is astonished when he is sent to a fantastical place where he is encouraged to develop magical abilities, an education that eventually pits him against his twin brother.
See also:
Island of Silence:   Unwanteds #2
Island of Legends:  Unwanteds #4
Island of Shipwrecks:  Unwanteds #5
Island of Dragons:  Unwanteds #7

The New Kid at School: Dragon Slayers’ Academy #1
by Kate McMullan                                 
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.
See also:
Revenge of the Dragon Lady: Dragon Slayers’ Academy #2
Class Trip to the Cave of Doom: Dragon Slayers’ Academy #3
A Wedding for Wiglaf?: Dragon Slayers’ Academy #4
Knight for a Day: Dragon Slayers’ Academy #5  

Wildwood:  Wildwood Chronicles #1
by Colin Meloy                                       
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.
See also:
Under Wildwood:  Wildwood Chronicles #2
Wildwood Imperium:  Wildwood Chronicles #3

Pirate Curse
by Kai Meyer                                         
In a place similar to the 1706 Caribbean, two fourteen-year-old "polliwogs"--humans who can walk on water--rely on a mysterious figure known as the Ghost Trader and a band of pirates to help them escape from the evil that is chasing them.

Greenglass House
by Kate Milford                                  
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.
See also:
Ghosts of Greenglass House

The Inquisitor’s Apprentice #1
by Chris Moriarty                                   
Apprenticed to the early 20th-century New York Police Department's star Inquisitor when it is discovered that he can see witches, Jewish youth Sacha Kessler teams up with spoiled fellow apprentice Lily Astral to foil a murder plot against Thomas Edison.
See also:
The Watcher in the Shadows #2

A World Without Heroes:  Beyonders #1
by Brandon  Mull                                
Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins Rachel, who was also drawn there from our world, and a few rebels, to piece together the Word that can destroy the malicious wizard emperor, Surroth.
See also:
Seeds of Rebellion: Beyonders #2
Chasing the Prophecy:  Beyonders #3

Gracie, the Pixie of the Puddle
by Donna Jo Napoli                          
When she realizes that her friend Jimmy can change from frog to human and back again with aid of a magic ring, Gracie the frog tries to find a way to persuade him to remain a frog permanently.

The Hound of Rowan
by Henry H. Neff                          
After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in "mystics and combat" in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him.

The Book of Dragons
by E. Nesbit,                                           
Plagues of dragons swarm England and another eats all the members of a soccer team in this fantastical and fearsome collection of dragon tales for middle readers.

Five Children and It
by E. Nesbit,      
When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.

The Wind Singer:  Wind on Fire #1
by William Nicholson                          
After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tag-along classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.
See also:
Slaves of the Mastery:  Wind on Fire #2
Firesong:  Wind on Fire #3

Midnight for Charlie Bone: Children of the Red King #1
by Jenny Nimmo                                 
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.
See also:
The Stones of Ravenglass: Children of the Red King #2
Charlie Bone & the Invisible Boy: Children of the Red King #3
Charlie Bone & the Castle of Mirrors: Children of the Red King #4
Charlie Bone & the Hidden King: Children of the Red King #5
Charlie Bone & the Beast: Children of the Red King #6
Charlie Bone & the Shadow: Children of the Red King #7
Charlie Bone & the Red Night: Children of the Red King #8

The Secret Kingdom: Chronicles of the Red King #1
by Jenny Nimmo
Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, under the protection of a forest jinni but pursued by evil viridees, straddle the world of men and the world of enchantments, seeking a home while remaining young by drinking a potion called Alixir.
See also:
The Stones of Ravenglass: Chronicles of the Red King #2
Leopard’s Gold: Chronicles of the Red King #3

The Snow Spider: The Magician Trilogy #1
by Jenny Nimmo
Gifts from Gwyn's grandmother on his ninth birthday open up a whole new world to him, as he discovers he has magical powers that help him heal the breach with his father that has existed ever since his sister's mysterious disappearance four years before.
See also:
Emlyn’s Moon:  The Magician Trilogy #2 

Mister Monday: Keys to the Kingdom #1
by Garth Nix                                           
Although Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die an early death, he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock, and now some bizarre creatures--including Mister Monday, his avenging messengers, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers--will stop at nothing to get the key back.
See also:
Grim Tuesday: Keys to the Kingdom #2
Drowned Wednesday: Keys to the Kingdom #3
Sir Thursday: Keys to the Kingdom #4
Lady Friday: Keys to the Kingdom #5
Superior Saturday: Keys to the Kingdom #6

The Borrowers
by Mary Norton                                   
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
See also:
The Borrowers Afield
The Borrowers Afloat
The Borrowers Aloft

The Silver Crown
by Robert C. O’Brien                       
On her tenth birthday, Ellen wakes up to find a silver crown on her pillow; a few minutes later her house burns up, her parents disappear,  and she is launched on an adventure involving a trek through the woods, a castle full of brainwashed captives, and the powerful Hieronymus Machine which wants her crown.

Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver                               
A magical mix-up has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic; Will, an alchemist's runaway apprentice; and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.

The Spindlers
by Lauren Oliver 
Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creatures--the spider-like spindlers.

The Flint Heart
by Katherine Paterson                        
A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it.

Sandry’s Book:  Circle of Magic #1
by Tamora Pierce                                 
Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.
See also:
Tris’s Book:  Circle of Magic #2
Daja’s Book:  Circle of Magic #3
Briar’s Book:  Circle of Magic #4

Magic Steps:  Circle Opens #1
by Tamora Pierce 
When drawn into the investigation of murders perpetrated on a powerful family in Summersea, Sandy and her student Pasco undertake the dangerous mission of entrapping the invisible killers.
See also:
Street Magic:  Circle Opens #2
Cold Fire:  Circle Opens #3
Shatterglass:  Circle Opens #4

First Test: Protector of the Small #1
by Tamora Pierce  
Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
See also:
Page: Protector of the Small #2
Squire: Protector of the Small #3
Lady Knight: Protector of the Small #4

The Magic Thief #1
by Sarah Prineas                                    
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
See also:
Lost: Magic Thief #2
Moonkind:  Magic Thief #3

Winterling
by Sarah Prineas  
Spirited young Fer travels through the Way to a magical world in which beings part human and part animal serve an evil ruler known as the Lady, and where she hopes to learn about her long-lost parents and her own identity.

No Such Thing as Dragons
by Philip Reeve                                      
A young, mute boy who is apprenticed to a dragon-slayer suspects that the winged beasts do not exist, until he--and his master--learn the truth.

Cold Cereal: Cold Cereal Saga #1
by Adam  Rex                                         
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.
See also:
Unlucky Charms: Cold Cereal Saga #2

Secrets of Valhalla
by Jasmine Richards                             
Awakening in a world of myth and magic where a woman they recognize as a famous meteorologist is actually a Norse goddess, Buzz and Mary embark on a journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla to awaken the day guardians before vengeful god Loki traps the Earth forever.

The Red Pyramid:  The Kane Chronicles #1
by Rick Riordan                                 
Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.
See also:
The Throne of Fire:  The Kane Chronicles #2
The Serpent’s Shadow:  The Kane Chronicles #3

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1
by Rick Riordan      
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
See also:
The Sea of Monsters : Percy Jackson & the Olympians #2
The Titan’s Curse : Percy Jackson & the Olympians #3
The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson & the Olympians #4
The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5

The Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus #1
by Rick Riordan     
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
See also:
The Son of Neptune: Heroes of Olympus #2
The Mask of Athena: Heroes of Olympus #3
The House of Hades: Heroes of Olympus #4
The Blood of Olympus: Heroes of Olympus #5

Deltora Quest, Books 1-4
by Emily Rodda                                     
The evil Shadow Lord is planning to take over the land of Deltora and enslave all its people. In order to stop him 16-year old Lief and his companions must find all seven stones from the magic belt of Deltora.
See also:
Deltora Quest, Books 5-8

The Charm Bracelet:  The Fairy Realm #1
by Emily Rodda   
When Jessie searches for her ill grandmother's missing charm bracelet, she is led to a magical world and finds she has a reason and right to be there.
See also:
The Flower Fairies: The Fairy Realm #2
The Third Wish:  The Fairy Realm #3

Rowan of Rin #1
by Emily Rodda   
Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak, and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
See also:
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal:  Rowan of Rin #3
Rowan and the Zebak:  Rowan of Rin #4
Rowan and the Ice-Creepers: Rowan of Rin #5

The Golden Door:  The Three Doors Trilogy #1
by Emily Rodda  
At night the skimmers fly over the Wall looking for human prey and the people of Weld huddle in their houses, but after his two brothers set out through the magic doors in an attempt to find the Enemy and don't come back, young Rye knows that he must follow and find them.
See also:
The Silver Door:  The Three Doors Trilogy #2
The Third Door:  The Three Doors Trilogy #3

Freaky Friday
by Mary Rodgers                                   
A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J. K. Rowling                                
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
See also:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Cabinet of Wonders:  Kronos Chronicles #1
by Marie Rutkoski                                 
Twelve-year-old Petra Kronos, accompanied by her magical tin spider,  goes to Prague hoping to retrieve the enchanted eyes the Prince of Bohemia took from her father, and is aided in her quest by a Roma boy and his sister.
See also:
The Celestial Globe:  Kronos Chronicles #2
The Jewel of the Kalderash:  Kronos Chronicles #3

The Islander
Rylant, Cynthia                                   
Living with his grandfather on an island off British Columbia, orphaned ten-year-old Daniel feels deep loneliness until the night he meets a mermaid whose identity he tries to learn.

The Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog
by Frances Sackett                           
On his twelfth birthday, Peter chooses, or is chosen by, a strange, talking dog that teaches him magic in order that they might rescue a self-destructive wizard, aided by Peter's younger sisters, Celia and Izzy.

Magyk:  Septimus Heap #1
by Angie Sage                                       
After his son is kidnapped by the midwife, Septimus Heap stumbles upon an abandoned newborn in the snow and takes her home to raise her as his own daughter, but the mysteries surrounding his adopted child and missing son soon overwhelm him and lead him on a search for the truth with the help of magic characters and their spells, charms, and potions.
See also:
Flyte: Septimus Heap #2
Physik: Septimus Heap #3
Queste: Septimus Heap #4
Syren: Septimus Heap #5
Darke: Septimus Heap #6

The Magykal Papers
by Angie Sage
Presents what purports to be a compilation of pamphlets, journals, restaurant reviews, maps, historical information, and other never-before-published papers from the world of the apprentice alchemist, Septimus Heap.

Pathfinder:  TodHunter Moon #1
by Angie Sage
When Alice TodHunter Moon goes in search of her friend Ferdie, who has been kidnapped by the malevolent Lady, she encounters Septimus Heap, ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and her own Magykal potential awakens.
See also:
SandRider:  TodHunter Moon #2
StarChaser:  TodHunter Moon #3

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery       
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: Alcatraz Smedry Adventures #1
by Brandon Sanderson                       
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.
See also:
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones: Alcatraz Smedry Adventures #2
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia: Alcatraz Smedry Adv.  #3

Magicalamity
by Kate Saunders                                 
Eleven-year-old Tom is shocked to learn that he is a demisprite, half fairy and half mortal, and that he, aided by three fairy godmothers, must save his father, who is hiding in the fairy Realm, while safeguarding his mortal mother.

Knights of the Kitchen Table: Time Warp Trio #1
by Jon Scieszka                                       
When Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table.
See also:
The Not-So-Jolly Roger
The Good, the Bad and the Goofy
Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
2095
Tut, Tut
Summer Reading is Killing Me!
It’s All Greek to Me
See You Later, Gladiator
Sam Samurai
Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?
Viking & Liking It
Me Oh Maya
Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci
Oh Say, I Can’t See

The Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden                               
Chester the cricket arrives at a Times Square newsstand where he makes friends with a boy, a cat, and a mouse.

The Rescuers
by Margery Sharp                                 
Two brave mice try to rescue a kidnapped young orphan from the evil Madame Medusa, who is obsessed with getting her hands on the world's largest diamond.

Werewolf versus Dragon: Awfully Beastly Business #1
by David Sinden                                       
Ulf the werewolf, who is in a rescue center for endangered beasts, learns of a plan by the beast hunter, Baron Maracki, to capture dragons and use them for the sport of dragon fighting, and enlists the help of the other beasts to stop the plot.
See also:
Sea Monsters & Other Delicacies: Awfully Beastly Business #2
Bang Goes a Troll:  Awfully Beastly Business #3
The Jungle Vampire: Awfully Beastly Business #4                                               

Any Which Wall
by Laurel Snyder                                     
In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, four children find a magic wall that enables them to travel through time and space.

The Silver Bowl
by Diane Stanley                                   
From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.
See also:
The Cup and the Crown
The Princess of Cortova

Abel’s Island
by William Steig                                     
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning #1
by John Stephens                                   
Enduring life in a series of orphanages for more than a decade, Kate, Michael and Emma learn that they were separated from their parents at birth by an evil force that would prevent them from fulfilling an ancient prophesy.
See also:
The Fire Chronicle: Books of Beginning #2
The Black Reckoning:  Books of Beginning #3

Magic Below Stairs
by Caroline  Stevermer                     
Ten-year-old Frederick, who is surreptitiously watched over by a household elf, is plucked from a London orphanage to be a servant to a wealthy wizard, and eventually his uncanny abilities lead him to become the wizard’s apprentice.

Beyond the Deepwoods:  The Edge Chronicles #1
by Paul Stewart                                       
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.
See also:
Stormchaser
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax
The Curse of the Gloamglozer
The Last of the Sky Pirates
Vox
Freeglader
The Winter Knights
Clash of the Sky Galleons
The Immortals

Hugo Pepper
by Paul Stewart                                 
A boy, orphaned and raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, boards his birth parents' sled and sets its special compass to "Home,"  where he uncovers a plot that threatens his mermaid godmothers and other friends of his family.

The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co #1
by Jonathan Stroud                           
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
See also:
The Whispering Skull: Lockwood & Co #2
The Hollow Boy:  Lockwood & Co #3
The Creeping Shadow:  Lockwood & Co #4

The Dragonet Prophecy: Wings of Fire #1
by Tui Sutherland                                 
Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.
See also:
The Lost Heir: Wings of Fire #2
The Hidden Kingdom: Wings of Fire #3
The Dark Secret: Wings of Fire #4
The Brightest Night:  Wings of Fire #5
Winter Turning:  Wings of Fire #7
The Talons of Power:  Wings of Fire #9
The Darkness of Dragons:  Wings of Fire #10

Dewberry and the Lost Chest of Paragon
by J. H. Sweet                                       
When Dewberry and her fairy friends go in search of the Lost Chest of Paragon, which is rumored to contain a great gift of knowledge for all of mankind, the results of their discovery are far from what they expected.
See also:
Snapdragon and the Odyssey of Elan
Moonflower and the Pearl of Paramour
Primrose and the Magic Snowglobe
Marigold and the Feather of Hope

Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift                               
The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, a land of people six inches high, Brobdingnag, a land of giants, and Glubbdubdrib, an island of sorcerers.

The Wonderful O
by James Thurber                               
Follows Black and Littlejack as they sail to the island of Ooroo, where the despotic Black bans the use of the letter "O".

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien                                 
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Mary Poppins
by P. L. Travers                                 
An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.
See also:
Mary Poppins and the House Next Door
Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane
Mary Poppins in the Park
Mary Poppins Opens the Door
Mary Poppins Comes Back

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
by Mark Twain                                       
A blow on the head transports a Yankee to 528 A.D. where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur's kingdom by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press.

Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage
by Kaye Umansky                                 
Capable and hardworking ten-year-old Clover Twig takes a job as housekeeper for a messy witch, Demelza, but while Demelza is away Clover and an accident-prone neighbor boy must defend the weird cottage from the witch's evil sister.
See also:
Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

Breadcrumbs
by Anne Ursu                                     
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life.

The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu
Spending his days working in the dark cellar of a powerful magician's shop, young misfit Oscar worries that the magic that has long protected his city is failing when children begin falling dangerously ill.

The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne Valente                       
After ordinary, 12-year-old September is told her help is needed in Fairyland, she is instructed by the Marquess to retrieve a talisman from the enchanted woods, which leads her to unexpected adventure and friendship.
See also:
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Miss Switch to the Rescue
by Barbara Brooks  Wallace             
When the fifth-grade students at Pepperdine Elementary school confront Mordo the warlock who wants to change them all into toads, Miss Switch, the substitute teacher and full-time witch, comes to the rescue.

The Crowfield Curse
by Pat Walsh                                           
In 1347, fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, discovering he has the ability to see fays and a strange mystery.
See also:
The Crowfield Demon

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere #1
by Jacqueline West                               
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.
See also:
Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere #2
The Second Spy:  The Books of Elsewhere #3
The Strangers: The Books of Elsewhere #4
Still Life: The Books of Elsewhere #5                                               

The Forbidden Library
by Django Wexler                               
When her father is lost at sea shortly after meeting a very unusual visitor, Alice must leave her home to live with an "uncle" whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books.
See also:
The Mad Apprentice

Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White                                           
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Stuart Little
by E.B. White       
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Little are quite surprised when their second son turns out to be a mouse.

The Thickety:  A Path Begins
by J. A. White                                       
When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother's grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she'll use it, even though such magic is forbidden.
See also:
The Whispering Trees
The Well of Witches
The Last Spell

The Sword in the Stone 
by T.H. White                                   
An old wizard named Merlyn takes care of a curious young boy named Wart and transforms him into Arthur, the future king of Britain, in a beautiful new edition of the classic tale, enhanced by luminous paintings.

The Castle in the Attic
by Elizabeth Winthrop                       
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

Book of Enchantments
by Patricia Wrede                                 
Ten short fantasies include the tale of Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom, a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts, and an eerie story about an enchanted wizard's daughter.

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
by Laurence Yep                                 
Crusty dragon Miss Drake's new pet human, precocious ten-year-old Winnie, not only thinks Miss Drake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents.
See also:
A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter

Passager: The Young Merlin Trilogy, #1
by Jane Yolen                                           
A foundling rediscovers his identity through the help of the falconer who adopts him.
See also:
Hobby: The Young Merlin Trilogy, #2
Merlin: The Young Merlin Trilogy, #3

Wizard’s Hall
by Jane Yolen
A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.                                              

Barrie, J. M.                                       
Fagan, Deva                                        
Fagan, Deva