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Fantastic Fantasy

Fantastic Fantasy  
 
  • Alexander, Lloyd.  Book of Three.  (J Alexander)
    • Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.  Other books in the series are: The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King.  
  • Almond, David. Skellig. (J Almond)
    • Young readers will by enchanted by this magical tale of friendship and family: Michael was looking forward to his new house and neighborhood, until his infant sister became very ill. Now his parents are constantly frantic, the scary doctor is always coming around, and Michael feels helpless. When he goes out into the old rickety garage, he comes across a mysterious being living beneath spider webs and eating flies for dinner. This creature calls himself Skellig, and over the weeks Michael and his new friend Mina bring Skellig out in to the light, and their worlds change forever
  • Baccalario, Pierdomenico. The Door to Time. (J Baccalario)
    • After moving from London to an old mansion on the English coast, eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia discover that their new home has twisting tunnels, strange artifacts from around the world, and a mysterious locked door.
  • Banks, Lynne Reid.  The Indian in the Cupboard.  (J Banks)
    • A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.  Other books in the series are: The Return of the Indian, The Secret of the Indian, The Mystery of the Cupboard, and The Key to the Indian.  
  • Collins, Suzanne.  Gregor the Overlander. (J Collins)
    • When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.  Other books in the series are: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, and Gregor and the Marks of Secret.  
  • Diterlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide. (J Diterlizzi)
    • Three siblings discover an old book with pictures of fantastic creatures in the spooky old house in which they live. Other books in the Spiderwick Chronicles series are: The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, The Ironwood Tree, and The Wrath of Mulgawrath
  • Downer, Ann.  Hatching Magic. (J Downer)
    • A procession of a pet dragon, a wizard, and his archenemy travel through time from the 13 th century to the 21 st century, where an 11-year-old Bostonian becomes involved in their disputes.  
  • Dunmore, Helen. Ingo. (J Dunmore)
    • As they search for their missing father near their Cornwall home, Sapphy and her brother Conor learn about their family's connection to the domains of air and water.
  • Funk, Cornelia.  Inkheart. (J Funk)
    • Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story. Other books in the trilogy are: Inkspell and Inkdeath.
  • Funk Cornelia.  Dragon Rider. (J Funk)
    • After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.  
  • Ibbotson, Eva.  The Secret of Platform 13. (J Ibbotson)
    • Odge Gribble, a young hag, joins an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on a journey from their magical island kingdom to London through a tunnel which opens every nine years for nine days, to try and rescue the young prince who had been stolen as an infant nine years before.
  • Kerr, Philip. Akhenaten Adventure. (J Kerr)
    • 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. Other books in the series are: The Blue Djinn of Babylon, The Cobra King of Kathmandu, Day of the Djinn Warriors, Eye of the Forest, Five Fakirs of Faizabad, and Grave Robbers of Ghengis Khan.
  • Lewis, C.S.  Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  (J Lewis)
    • 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. Don’t miss the other books in the series: Prince Caspian,The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle. 
  • Levine, Gail Carlson.  Ella Enchanted.  (J Levine)
    • 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.  
  • Levine, Gail Carlson. Fairest. (J Levine)
    • In Ayortha, singing and beauty are prized above all else. Aza, a commoner, can sing, and Queen Ivi is a beauty. The queen forces Aza to use her voice to deceive the entire court.
  • Napoli, Donna Jo. The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin. (J Napoli)
    • When a prince is turned into a frog, he finds it difficult to adjust.
  • Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. (J Nimmo)
    • What's happening to Charlie Bone? Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted - it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them. Other books in the series are: Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, Charlie Bone and the Beast, Charlie Bone and the Shadow, and Charlie Bone and the Red Knight.
  • Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. (J Norton)
    • The Borrowers are a tiny race of people who live hidden away in houses or other safe, convenient places, and own nothing except what they borrow from "human beans." The last family to live in the old house, Pod, Homily and Arrietty have made a comfortable home beneath the kitchen floor. But their lives become threatened when Pod is seen while on a borrowing expedition. Other books in the series are: The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, The Borrowers Avenged.
  • Park, Linda Sue. Archer’s Quest. (J Park)
    • Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.  
  • Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. (J 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. Other books in the series are: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian.
  • Riordan, Rick. The Red Pyramid. (J Riordan)
    • After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Other books in this series are: The Throne of Fire, The Serpent's Shadow
  • Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero. (J 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. Other books in this series are: The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades.
  • Rutkoski, Marie. The Cabinet of Wonders. (J Rutkoski)
    • Twelve-year-old Petra, 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.
  • Sensel, Joni. The Farwalker's Quest. (J Sensel)
    • When twelve-year-old Ariel and her friend Zeke find a mysterious artifact which has not been seen in a long time, it proves to be the beginning of a long and arduous journey that will untimately reveal to them their true identities.
  • Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. (J Stead)
    • As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
  • Winthrop, Elizabeth.  The Castle in the Attic.  (J Winthrop)
    • A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.  Also try the sequel The Battle for the Castle.  
  • Wrede, Patricia.  Dealing with Dragons. (J Wrede)
    • 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.  Other books in the series are: Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons.