Fantasy Books (juvenile)
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Taran is a young man and assistant pig-keeper with dreams of being a hero. This is part of a series, The Chronicles of Prydain, and draws upon Welsh mythology.
- The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
Twelve-year-old Alexa discovers a key to a secret passage leading outside of the city of Bridewell. This gives her the chance to explore the world beyond the wall of the city.
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a 12-year-old 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. Book one of the Artemis Fowl series.
- Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Three children visiting Cornwall find an ancient manuscript and are sent on a dangerous quest for a grail revealing the true story of King Arthur. This is book one of the Dark is Rising series.
- The Witches by Roald Dahl
The witches in England are plotting to turn all children into mice. Can a young boy and his grandmother put a stop to these horrible witches before it is too late?
- The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi
When the Grace children go to stay in 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. Book one of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Maggie is a 12-year-old who discovers her father, a bookbinder, can actually “read” characters to life. One of the characters abducts Maggie and her father, trying to force him into service. This is part of the Inkworld trilogy.
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Milo is an extremely bored child, but then a tollbooth arrives in his room and takes him on journeys to lands of numbers and words. Milo’s adventures are very entertaining.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murray, her brother and her friend travel through time in order to rescue Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret government work.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Ella has been stuck with an awful curse. She is forced to obey every order given to her in this novel based on the story of Cinderella.
- Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie’s life takes an interesting turn when he discovers he can hear people in photographs talking. Due to his extraordinary talents, he is sent to Bloor Academy with other unique children. This is book one of the Charlie Bone series.
- The Fall by Garth Nix
Tal has spent his entire life living in a dark and mysterious castle with seven towers. Now he must search for a sunstone so that he can undertake a ritual quest and solidify his family’s position in the favored class. Book one of the Seventh Tower series.
- The First Test by Tamora Pierce
A ten-year-old girl is a daughter of nobles serving as a page. In order to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight, she must first earn the respect of the men around her. This is the first book in the Protector of the Small series.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson isn’t a bad kid...he just has some issues. This could have a lot to do with the fact that his father was Poseidon, God of the Sea. This is book one of a series called Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
- Magyk by Sage
Jenna, a girl who has recently learned she is a princess, is whisked away from her home and carried to safety by a group protecting her from those who killed her mother ten years before. This is book one of the Septimus Heap series.
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
When their parents are killed in a tragic fire, the three Baudelaire children are sent to live with their horrible distant relative, an evil man only interested in their inheritance. This is book one in the A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Wizard at Work: A Novel in Stories by Vivian Vande Velde
A young wizard, who runs a school to teach wizards, looks forward to a quiet summer off but is instead drawn into adventures with princesses, unicorns, and ghosts.