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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Grades 5-8 (216 pages) Audiobook available

Prydain Chronicles

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

Underland Chronicles

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.

 

How to Train Your Dragon: Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

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)

Stravaganza series

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

Gatekeepers series

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

Redwall series

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

Time Quartet

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)

Pendragon series

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)

Abhorsen Trilogy

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)

Rowan series

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)

Edge Chronicles

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
Grades 4-6 (130 pages)

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)

Dragon series

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

J133.14 Barker

Wizardology as told by Master Merlin

J133.43 Wizardology

 

Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons edited by Dugald A. Steer

 J398.2454 Dragonology

A Pratical Guide to Dragons by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer

J398.2454 Trumbauer

Fantasy Encyclopeida by Judy Allen

J398.403 Allen

 

Fairy Island by Laura and Cameron Martin

J398.45 Martin

 

Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons

By Ernest Drake

J398.469 Drake

Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand by Eugenie Bird

J398.45 Fairie-ality

 

Dragons by Michael J. Wyly

J398.469 Wyly — The Mystery Library series

The Book of Fairy Poetry selected and illustrated by Michael Hague

J821.00803 Book  

The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

by Allan Zola Kronzek and Elizabeth Kronzek

J823.914 Kronzek

The World of King Arthur and His Court by Kevin Crossley-Holland

J942.014 Crossley-Holland

 

Popular Fantasy Series

 

Avalon: Web of Magic by Rachel Roberts 

Grades 4-6

Circle of Magic by Debra Doyle and James Macdonald 

Grades 4-6

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda 

Grades 4-6

Dinotopia by various authors

Grades 3-6

Disney Fairies by various authors

Grades 2-4

Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullen 

Grades 3-5

Guardians of Ga’hoole by Kathryn Lasky 

Grades 4-6 (J Paperbacks “L”)

Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior

Grades 3-5

Pendragon by D. J. MacHale 

Grades 5-8

Pixie Tricks by Tracey West

Grades 2-4

Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

Grades 2-4

Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott

Grades 2-4

Seventh Tower by Garth Nix

Grades 4-6

Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

Grades 3-6

Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton 

Grades 4-6

The Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey 

Grades 2-4

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Grades 5-8

Werewolf Club by Daniel Pinkwater

Grades 2-4

Voyage of the Basset by various authors

Grades 4-7