Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. Sequels: The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King.
Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. (J Coville)
When Jeremy Thatcher follows the strange instructions given to him by the weird old man who runs the Elives' Magic Shop, he finds himself raising a tiny mischief-loving dragon. But as Jeremy soon learns, even a tiny dragon can mean big trouble -- and it isn't going to stay tiny for long!
Eager, Edward. Half Magic. (J Eager)
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes. Sequels: Knight's Castle, Magic by the Lake, The Time Garden, Magic or Not?, The Well-Wishers, and Seven-Day Magic.
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. Sequel: Inkspell.
Ibbotson, Eva. Secret of Platform 13. (J Ibbotson)
Odge Gribble, a young hag, joins an old wizard, and a giant ogre on a journey from their magical island kingdom to London. They travel 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.
L’Engle, Madeline. Wrinkle in Time. (J L’Engle)
Meg Murry 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. Sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. (J Levine)
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella travels through lands inhabited by ogres, elves, and fairies while struggling against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order she is given.
Lewis, C.S. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. (J Lewis)
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia where they assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Sequels: Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle.
McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown. (J 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.
Nesbit, E. The Enchanted Castle. (J Nesbit)
Four English children find a wonderful world of magic through an enchanted wishing ring.
Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. (J 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. Sequels: Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, and Charlie Bone and the Hidden King.
Norton, Mary. Bedknob and Broomstick. (J Norton)
The Wilson children meet an elderly woman who is studying to become a witch. They go on magical trips with her that are both exciting and dangerous.
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. (J Paolini)
In Aagaesia, a fiftee-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. Other books in this series are: Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance.
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 this series are: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring. (J Tolkein)
Elderly hobbit Bilbo Baggins relinquishes possession of a golden ring possessing magical powers to Frodo, his youthful heir. Charged with casting the ring into the fires from which it was forged, the young hobbit begins an arduous trek across Middle-earth, accompanied by a stalwart band including his best friend Sam, the mercurial wizard Gandalf, the warrior Aragorn, and the blustery Gimli. Opposed by the treacherous sorcerer Saruman and the demonic emissaries of Sauron, the Dark Lord, this ever-embattled Fellowship makes its way slowly toward the dark land of Mordor. Sequels: The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Hobbit (prologue)
Winthrop, Elizabeth. 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.
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. Sequels: Searching for Dragons, Talking to Dragons, and Calling on Dragons.