Some of our favorite fantasy stories for school-age children.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Juvenile Fiction - J Le)
Ged unleashes a terrible evil - is he a good enough wizard to stop it? (First in the Earthsea cycle.)
Kenneth Oppel (Juvenile Fiction - J Oppel)
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. (This book is followed by Skybreaker and Starclimber.)
Eoin Colfer (Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
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.
Anne Ursu (Juvenile Fiction - J Ursu)
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life.
Roald Dahl (Juvenile Fiction - J Dahl)
Join Charlie and his grandfather on a tour through the candy factory of the mysterious Willy Wonka. (Continue with Charlie’s adventures in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.)
Patricia C. Wrede (Juvenile Fiction - J Wrede)
Here's one Princess that would rather live with dragons than be rescued. (First in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.)
Frances Hardinge (Juvenile Fiction - J Ha)
Mosca Mye and her homicidal goose, Saracen, travel to the city of Mandelion on the heels of smooth-talking con-man, Eponymous Clent.
Joseph Helgerson (Juvenile Fiction - J Helgers)
Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River near Blue Wing, Minnesota, twelve-year-old Claire and her bullying cousin Duke are drawn into an adventure involving Bodacious Deepthink the Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy, and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.
Diana Wynne Jones (Juvenile Fiction - J Jones)
Sophie is resigned to a dull life - until she becomes a wizard's cleaning lady. (This book is followed by Castles in the Air and House of Many Ways.)
Cornelia Funke (Juvenile Fiction - J Funke)
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. (First in the Inkheart series.)
Edward Eager (Juvenile Classics - J Eager)
Four children find a way to go back into the time of Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. (One of several Magic tales by the same author.)
Ingrid Law (Juvenile Fiction - J Law)
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.
Alexander Lloyd (Juvenile Fiction - J Al)
Taran, the assistant pig-keeper, goes on a dangerous mission to save his beloved homeland. (First in the Prydain Chronicles.)
Susan Cooper (Juvenile Fiction - J Cooper)
Will Stanton finds that he is one of the Old Ones, and must seek the six Signs to triumph over the Dark. (The second of The Dark is Rising sequence. The first is Over Sea, Under Stone.)
Philip Pullman (Juvenile Fiction - J Pullman)
Can Lyra and her animal daemon rescue the children kidnapped by the evil Gobblers? (First in His Dark Materials trilogy.)
Robin McKinley (Juvenile Fiction - J Mckinle)
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 witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. (This book is the prequel to The Blue Sword.)
Rick Riordan (Juvenile Fiction - 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. (First in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.)
Bruce Coville (Juvenile Fiction - J Coville)
Anthony and his younger sister discover that the monster figures he got in an unusual box at an estate sale are alive, but they have no way of knowing that the "monsters" will lead them on fantastical adventures to other worlds in an effort to try to save Earth.
Nancy Farmer (Juvenile Fiction - J Farmer)
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his 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.
Diane Stanley (Juvenile Fiction - J Stanley)
From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.
Gerald Morris (Juvenile Fiction - J Morris)
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. Look for more Squire's Tales titles.
Gillian Johnson (Juvenile Fiction - J Johnson)
Ten-year-old Thora, daughter of a mermaid mother and a human father, must save her mother who has been captured by the greedy real estate developer, Frooty de Mare. (Read more about Thora in Thora and the Green Sea-Unicorn.)
Terry Pratchett (Juvenile Fiction - J Pratche)
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. (Read more about Tiffany in A Hat Full of Sky.)
Grace Lin (Juvenile Fiction - J Lin)
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Jon Scieszka (Juvenile Fiction - J Scieszk)
Joe 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. (First in the Time Warp Trio series.)
Kathleen Duey (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Duey)
Heart, a foundling who was discovered five years earlier wrapped in a unicorn-embroidered blanket, finds a pregnant white mare in the woods and struggle to keep the mare and her colt safe and well. (First in the Unicorn’s Secret series.)
Bruce Coville (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Co)
Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom. (First in the Moongobble and Me series.)
John Peterson (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Peterso)
A tiny family has a variety of adventures in their lives under the Bigg's house. (First in the Littles series.)
Susan Cooper (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Co)
Follows the adventures of a magician’s assistant in the strange land of Story.
Dan Greenburg (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Greenbu)
Zack visits a very strange Chinese restaurant called Wun Dum Guy and finds that the fortunes in his fortune cookies start coming true. (Part of the Zack Files series.)
Kate McMullan (Juvenile Fiction - J Mcmulla)
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers’ Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget. (First in the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series.)
Alan MacDonald (Juvenile Fiction - J Macdona)
When the Trolls move next door to the Priddles, both families find the other strange, which causes many misunderstandings. (First in the Troll Trouble series.)