The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander
Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines adventure, love, and mystery.
Skellig by David Almond
about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a
dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a
mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.
The Door to Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario
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.
The Ancient One by T.A. Barron
helping her Great Aunt Melanie try to protect an Oregon redwood forest
from loggers, thirteen-year-old Kate goes back five centuries through a
time tunnel and faces the evil creature Gashra, who is bent on
destroying the same forest.
Tithe: a Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
Young Adult Fiction—BLACK
After returning home from a tour with her mother's rock band, sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny. Sequel follows.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies
Young Adult Fiction—CLEMENT
Rannoch, a talking deer and the subject of an ancient prophecy must protect his herd from the villainous Lord of the Herd.
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
Young Adult Fiction—CLEMENT
Transylvania during the Middle Ages, a pack of wolves sets out on a
perilous journey to prevent their enemy--an embittered lone wolf named
Morgra--from calling upon the legendary Evil One that will give her the
power to control all animals.
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Young Adult Fiction—COLFER
Finn is in trouble. She's dead, but not at peace--she's in limbo, her
good deeds perfectly balanced against her bad deeds; Heaven or Hell
wait, a tip of the scale away. So she's back on Earth trying to tip the scale to the good by helping her last victim, and her former "partner"
is also back, trying to force her to tip the scale to the bad.
The Boggart by Susan Cooper
After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old
Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart,
an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all
living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as
children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories -- but
nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand
High Witch herself!
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the
princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and
a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Hatching Magic by Ann Downer
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
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle
Young Adult Fiction—DUNKLE
nineteenth-century England, a powerful sorcerer and King of the Goblins
chooses Kate, the elder of two orphan girls recently arrived at their
ancestral home, Hallow Hill, to be his bride and queen.
Half Magic by Edward 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. Sequel follows.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
boy enters a fantasy world through the pages of an old book, and he
sets about trying to save its empress to keep the enchantment alive.
Lost in Time by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Young Adult Fiction—ENZENSB
German teenager begins to lose his identity and any hope of returning
to the present when his time-traveling journeys take him further and
further into the past.
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Young Adult Fiction—FARMER
Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy
are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar
the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital
quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls. Sequel follows.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Young Adult Fiction—GAIMAN
for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a
world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where
she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
The Healer’s Keep by Victoria Hanley
Young Adult Fiction—HANLEY
Sara and Dorjan, both new students at the legendary Healer's Keep, a training school for people gifted in the healing arts, combine their talents in an effort to combat the dark forces of the Shadow King.
Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
Young Adult Fiction—HOFFMAN
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 Duchessa who rules the city.
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
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 rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Young Adult Fiction—JONES
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan
England in 1356, as a monk records his every word, a young peasant
tells of his journey with a young Chinese noblewoman to St. Alfric's
Cove and the lair of a dragon.
Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan
Young Adult Fiction—JORDAN
A disturbing incident when he is only seven years old foreshadows the role Gabriel will play in the relations between
his Navorran people and the Shinali, a role which is solidified when he
becomes an Elected One and trains to be a Healer.
The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
Young Adult Fiction—KAABERB
After her mother, a Shamer, is summoned to Dunark for a mission, ten-year-old Dina is forced to use her own special powers as she is caught up in an adventure of political intrigue and survival.
Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landry
Young Adult Fiction—LANDRY
twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must
join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the
world from the Faceless Ones.
Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish
Young Adult Fiction—LANGRIS
to live with his evil identical-twin uncles after his father's death,
twelve-year-old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the
neighbor's children to the trolls.
Gifts by Ursula K. LeGuin
Young Adult Fiction—LEGUIN
When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
A little princess is protected by her friend Curdie from the goblin miners who live beneath the castle.
The Magician’s Apprentice by Tom McGowen
A young pickpocket becomes apprenticed to a magician who opens a whole new world for the boy, not only of magic and healing, but of kindness and adventure. Together they seek knowledge lost since the Age of Magic thousands of years before.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
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. Sequel follows.
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Young Adult Fiction—MCKINLE
The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.
East by Edith Pattou
Young Adult Fiction—PATTOU
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
Young Adult Fiction—PIERCE
Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy. Sequel follows.
The Perilous Guard by Elizabeth Pope
In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
Young Adult Fiction—REEVE
her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the
bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into
the heroic King Arthur.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
The text for Hogwarts' Care of Magical Creatures class.
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling
A book on the origins and development of the wizarding game of Quidditch.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Contains five illustrated moral tales for children from the world of Harry Potter, reportedly discovered and translated
by the young witch Hermione Granger, with an introduction and
commentary from Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry.
A School for Sorcery by Rose Sabin
Both apprehensive and excited about her new school, The Lesley Simonton School for the Magically Gifted Tria Tesserel is nevertheless unprepared for her biggest shock of all: her new roommate, Lina.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little man from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life.
The Unseen Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Young Adult Fiction—SNYDER
angry and out-of-place in her large family, twelve-year-old Xandra
finds a magical key to a world of ghostly, sometimes frightening,
phantoms that help her see herself and her siblings more clearly.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a
secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning
Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there
are no rules.
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep
Shimmer, a renegade dragon princess, tries to redeem herself by capturing a witch with the help of a human boy.
Dragon Cauldron by Laurence Yep
dragon named Shimmer, a monkey wizard, a reformed witch, and two humans
go on a quest to mend the magic cauldron needed to repair the dragon’s
The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
Juvenile Fiction Series—DROON #1
First Title: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet
Eric and his friends find entry into the world of Droon by using a staircase in Eric's basement.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
First Title: The Book of Three
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
Young Adult Fiction—BARRON
First Title: The Lost Years of Merlin
young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on
the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic
Oz by L. Frank Baum
First Title: The Wizard of Oz
After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help Dorothy return home to Kansas.
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
Juvenile Fiction Series—SPIDER #1
First Title: The Field Guide
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.
The Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan
Young Adult Fiction—BRENNAN
First Title: The Faerie Wars
Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old
Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been
sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries
of the Night.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Young Adult Fiction—COLFER
First Title: Artemis Fowl
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.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
Young Adult Fiction—COLLINS
First Title: Gregor the Overlander
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
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
First Title: Over Sea, Under Stone
children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which
sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true
story of King Arthur.
Magic Shop by Bruce Coville
First Title: The Monster’s Ring
A timid boy, eager to frighten the school bully on Halloween night, acquires a magic ring and the power to change himself into a hideous monster.
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
First Title: Revenge of the Witch
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."
David Rain by Chris D’Lacey
Young Adult Fiction—DLACEY
First Title: The Fire Within
When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jumpstart his writing career.
Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
First Title: The City of Ember
the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a
Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city,
perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing
Young Adult Fiction—EWING
First Title: Goddess of the Night
who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers
that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of
the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.
The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
Young Adult Fiction—FLANAGA
First Title: The Ruins of Gorlan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
The Dragon Chronicles by Susan Fletcher
First Title: Dragon’s Milk
an outsider adopted by an Elythian family as a baby, possesses the
power to understand dragons and uses this power to try to save her
younger sister who needs dragon's milk to recover from an illness.
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Young Adult Fiction—FUNKE
First Title: Inkheart
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Pure Dead by Debi Gliori
First Title: Pure Dead Magic
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.
The Warriors by Erin Hunter
Young Adult Fiction—HUNTER
First Title: Into the Wild
For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.
Redwall by Brian Jacques
First Title: Redwall
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 which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the
Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
First Title: Charmed Life
Chant and her brother Cat find the Chrestomancie Castle family's magic
powers difficult to counter with the inferior powers of the Coven Street
Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
Young Adult Fiction—LASKY
First Title: The Capture
Four owls band together to save the owl world from an unimaginable evil.
The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee
First Title: Wolf Tower
a stranger is captured by the Guards of the House and Garden where she
has worked all her life as a slave and maid, sixteen-year-old Claidi
helps him escape and sets out with him to journey to his home city through the dangerous Waste.
Earthsea by Ursula L. LeGuin
First Title: A Wizard of Earthsea
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle
First Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin
are guided by unearthly strangers as they go on a journey through space
and time to search for Meg's and Charles' scientist father who
disappeared while experimenting with a new form of space travel.
Includes related readings and study questions.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
First Title: The Magician’s Nephew
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
Pendragon by D.J. MacHale
Young Adult Fiction—MACHALE
First Title: The Merchant of Death
Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his
beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is
going to save the world. Before he can object, he is swept off to an
alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Young Adult Fiction—MULL
First Title: Fablehaven
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
The Wind on Fire by William Nicholson
Young Adult Fiction—NICHOLS
First Title: The Wind Singer
After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.
Children of the Red King by Jenny Nimmo
Young Adult Fiction—NIMMO
First Title: Midnight for Charlie Bone
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.
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
Young Adult Fiction—NIX
First Title: Mister Monday
Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key
that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre
creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man
named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur
goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn
the truth about himself and the key.
The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
Young Adult Fiction—NIX
First Title: Sabriel
daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious
and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Young Adult Fiction—OPPEL
First Title: Airborn
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Young Adult Fiction—PAOLINI
First Title: Eragon
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-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.
Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce
First Title: Sandry’s Book
young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple
community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and
to use their powers, especially magic.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Young Adult Fiction—PULLMAN
First Title: The Golden Compass
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 Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Young Adult Fiction—REEVE
First Title: Mortal Engines
a third class apprentice in a distant future in which technology has
been lost and tiered cities move about the Earth on caterpillar tracks,
often absorbing smaller locales, has many dangerous adventures after being pushed off London by Thaddeus Valentine, a historian who is trying
to resurrect an ancient atomic weapon.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Young Adult Fiction—RIORDAN
First Title: The Lightning Thief
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.
The Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
Juvenile Fiction Series—DELTORA #1
First Title: The Forests of Silence
evil Shadow Lord is planning to take over the land of Deltora and
enslave all its people. In order to stop him 16-year old Lief and former
palace guard Barda must find all seven stones from the magic belt of Deltora.
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
First Title: Rowan of Rin
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 a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
First Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a
great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for
Wizards and Witches.
Septimus Heap by Angie Sage
Young Adult Fiction—SAGE
First Title: Magyk
learning 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--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Young Adult Fiction—SCOTT
First Title: The Alchemyst
working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco,
fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught
up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and
powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting
Leven Thumps by Obert Skye
Young Adult Fiction—SKYE
First Title: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo
fate brings fourteen-year-old Leven and thirteen-year-old Winter
together, they discover that for mankind to continue dreaming, the
gateway between reality and dreams needs to be found and demolished.
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart
Young Adult Fiction—STEWART
First Title: Beyond the Deepwoods
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.
Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Young Adult Fiction—STROUD
First Title: The Amulet of Samarkand
a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs
him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
First Title: Dealing with Dragons
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.
The Young Merlin Trilogy by Jane Yolen
First Title: Passager
A foundling rediscovers his identity through the help of the falconer who adopts him.
Tartan Magic by Jane Yolen
First Title: The Wizard’s Map
Three children visiting relatives in Scotland become involved in the plans of a diabolical wizard.