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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Grades 5-8 (216 pages) Audiobook available
Taran, assistant pig-keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
Midnight Magic by Avi
Grades 5-8 (249 pages)
In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
Grades 5-8 (326 pages) The Lost Years of Merlin series
A young boy who has no identity or memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
Grades 4-7 (451 pages) Audiobook available
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs
Grades 5-8 (200 pages)
Johnny Dixon is plunged into a terrifying mystery-adventure when he removes a blue figurine called a ushabti from church.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Grades 4-6 (277 pages) Audiobook available
Artemis Fowl series
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.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Grades 5-8 (311 pages) Audiobook available
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Grades 5-8 (216 pages) Audiobook available
The Dark is Rising Sequence
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
Dragon Slayers by Bruce Coville
Grades 4-6 (119 pages)
A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch’s revenge.
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Grades 4-8 (148 pages) Audiobook available
Magic Shop series
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.
Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville
Grades 4-8 (159 pages)
Magic Shop series
When an ordinary-looking fifth grader purchases a talking toad with an attitude, she embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures.
by Cressida Cowell
Grades 3-5 (214 pages) Audiobook available
The adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third are chronicled 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.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Grades 4-8 (201 pages) Audiobook available
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, try to foil a witches’ plot.
The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Grades 5-8 (107 pages) Audiobook available
The Spiderwick Chronicles
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.
Hatching Magic by Ann Downer
Grades 4-8 (242 pages)
Sequel: The Dragon of Never-Was
When a thirteenth-century wizard confronts twenty-first century Boston while seeking his pet dragon, he is followed by a rival wizard and a very unhappy demon, but eleven-year-old Theodora Oglethorpe may hold the secret to setting everything right.
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Grades 6-8 (369 pages)
Young Wizards series
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.
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Grades 4-8 (217 pages)
Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.
The 13TH Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman
Grades 4-8 (134 pages) Audiobook available
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.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Grades 5-8 (523 pages) Audiobook available
A brownie, a dragon, and an orphan boy go on a quest for a place safe from humans.
Juniper by Monica Furlong
Grades 6-8 (198 pages)
First in a trilogy
While apprenticed to a witch woman, Juniper struggles to save her family from the evil doings of her power-hungry Aunt Meroot.
Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori
Grades 3-6 (182 pages)
Pure Dead series
When their father is kidnapped and danger looms, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their Scottish castle.
Falcon's Egg by Luli Gray
Grades 5-8 (133 pages)
First in a series
Taking care of her younger brother and a loving but flighty mother had made Falcon very responsible for an eleven-year-old, but she needs the help of her great-great aunt, a friendly neighbor, and an ornithologist when she finds an unusual egg in Central Park.
Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
Grades 4-7 (334 pages)
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchess who rules the city.
Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz
Grades 6-8 (254 pages) Audiobook available
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Grades 5-8 (231 pages) Audiobook available
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 try to rescue their King and Queen’s son who was stolen as an infant.
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Grades 5-8 (351 pages) Audiobook available
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.
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Grades 4-8 (351 pages) Audiobook available
When a teacher at an English boarding school finds a note on his desk accusing someone in the class of being a witch, magical things begin to happen.
The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr
Grades 4-7 (355 pages)
Children of the Lamp series
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Grades 6-8 (203 pages) Audiobook available
Meg Murray and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Grades 4-8 (232 pages) Audiobook available
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Grades 4-8 (189 pages) Audiobook available
Chronicles of Narnia series
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
The Merchant of Death by J. D. MacHale
Grades 4-7 (375 pages)
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon, having learned he is a Traveler--someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space, is soon off to the alternative dimension of Denduron where he teams up with Loor, a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa, in an attempt to save the gentle Milago people from slavery.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Grades 6-8 (246 pages) Audiobook available
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe, fights for birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witch woman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris
Grades 4-7 (212 pages)
In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence, finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain’s worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Grades 4-7 (401 pages) Audiobook available
Children of the Red King seriesCharlie 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.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Grades 6-8 (292 pages)
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to try to rescue her father.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Grades 4-8 (180 pages)
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.
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Grades 6-8 (241 pages) Audiobook available
Song of the Lioness Quartet
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
First Test by Tamora Pierce
Grades 6-8 (216 pages)
Protector of the Small Quartet
Protector of the Small, 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 dreamof becoming a knight.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Grades 5-8 (399 pages) Audiobook available
His Dark Materials Trilogy
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip PullmanGrades 4-7 (229 pages) Audiobook available
A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous and funny adventure as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring Valley.
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
Grades 3-7 (197 pages)
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 adragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
The Charm Bracelet by Emily Rodda
Grades 3-5 (113 pages)
Fairy Realm series
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.
Magyk by Angie Sage
Grades 5-8 (564 pages) Audiobook availableSeptimus Heap seriesAfter she learns that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412. They are pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
Knight of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
Grades 4-6 (55 pages)
Time Warp Trio seriesJoe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.
Travels of Thelonious by Susan Schade & Jon Baller
Grades 4-8 (214 pages)
At a time when animals only know myths about the talking humans who once dominated and nearly destroyed the world, a young chipmunk escapes danger in the City of Ruins and, with new friends, searches for the Fog Mound, where all creatures live in peace and harmony. Chapters alternate between text and graphic format.
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Grades 4-7 (384 pages)
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.
The Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas
Elizabeth, a duke’s daughter sick with fever, travels through time from Elizabethan England to a farm in modern Iowa, where she has difficulty convincing anyone of the truth of her story.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Grades 6-8 (317 pages) Audiobook available
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Grades 5-8 (219 pages) Audiobook available
First in a series
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
Grades 4-8 (179 pages) Audiobook available
Sequel: Battle for the Castle
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Grades 4-8 (212 pages) Audiobook available
Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen
Grades 4-8 (133 pages) Audiobook available
A young apprentice wizard tries to save the wizard’s training hall.
The Wizard’s Map by Jane Yolen
Grades 3-6 (146 pages)
Tartan Magic series
Three children visiting relatives in Scotland become involved in the plans of a diabolical wizard.
Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
Grades 4-8 (293 pages)
Pit Dragon series
Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar VIV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep
Grades 5-8 (211 pages)
Shimmer, a renegade dragon princess, tries to redeem herself by capturing a witch with the help of a human boy.
Shelved in Non-Fiction
Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal by Cicely Mary Barker
Wizardology as told by Master Merlin
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons edited by Dugald A. Steer
A Pratical Guide to Dragons by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer
Fantasy Encyclopeida by Judy Allen
Fairy Island by Laura and Cameron Martin
By Ernest Drake
Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand by Eugenie Bird
Dragons by Michael J. Wyly
J398.469 Wyly — The Mystery Library series
The Book of Fairy Poetry selected and illustrated by Michael Hague
by Allan Zola Kronzek and Elizabeth Kronzek
The World of King Arthur and His Court by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Popular Fantasy Series
Avalon: Web of Magic by Rachel Roberts
Circle of Magic by Debra Doyle and James Macdonald
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
Dinotopia by various authors
Disney Fairies by various authors
Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullen
Guardians of Ga’hoole by Kathryn Lasky
Grades 4-6 (J Paperbacks “L”)
Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior
Pendragon by D. J. MacHale
Pixie Tricks by Tracey West
Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
Seventh Tower by Garth Nix
Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
The Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Werewolf Club by Daniel Pinkwater
Voyage of the Basset by various authors