A World of Fantasy

Some of our favorite fantasy stories for school-age children.


Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Younger Elementary

Going Overboard!

Nancy Krulik
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Krulik)
Series: Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo. Super Special!

Katie's vacation aboard a cruise ship sounds wonderful, but the magic wind throws everything off-course when it turns her first into a dolphin and then into a renowned chocolate chef.


Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret

Wanda Coven
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Coven)
Series: Heidi Heckelbeck; 1

After being homeschooled her whole life, Heidi Heckelbeck enters a real school in second grade, where she encounters a mean girl named Melanie who makes her feel like an alien.


Knights of the Kitchen Table

Jon Scieszka
(Juvenile Fiction - J Scieszk)
Series: Time Warp Trio; 1

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.


The Lost Stone

Jordan Quinn
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Quinn)
Series: Kingdom of Wrenly; 1

Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search.


Moonsilver

Kathleen Duey
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Duey)
Series: Unicorn's Secret; 1

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.


Princeless. 1, Save Yourself

Jeremy Whitley
(Juvenile Graphic Novels – J Whitley)
Series: Princeless

Princess Adrienne is tired of being locked in a tower, waiting around to be rescued by a prince. She escapes from the tower with the help of her guardian dragon, Sparky, and with her plucky sidekick Bedelia, Adrienne sets off on a quest to rescue her sisters who are suffering the same fate.


The Princess in Black

Shannon Hale
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Hale)
Series: Princess in black ; 1

Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!


Rise of the Earth Dragon

Tracey West
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J West)
Series: Dragon Masters; 1

Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.


Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom

Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Holub)
Series: Heroes in Training; 1

When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.


Older Elementary

The Adventurers Guild

Zack Loran Clark
(Juvenile Fiction - J Clark)
Series: Adventurers Guild; 1

Conscripted into the dangerous Adventurers Guild, best friends Zed and Brock must defend what is left of humanity against terrible monsters in this epic fantasy.


Airborn

Kenneth Oppel
(Juvenile Fiction - J Oppel)
Series: Airborn Adventures; 1

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.


The Amulet of Samarkand

Jonathan Stroud
(Juvenile Fiction – J Stroud)
Series: Bartimaeus trilogy; 1

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.


Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
Series: Artemis Fowl; 1

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 Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Anderso)

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years.


Bob
Bob

Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mass)

Returning to her grandmother's home in Australia years after visiting as a younger child, Livy slowly remembers a magical, mysterious green being in a chicken suit who she befriended years earlier and who has been eagerly awaiting her return so that she can keep her promise to him. 


The Book of Three

Alexander Lloyd
(Juvenile Fiction - J Al)
Series: The Chronicles of Prydain; 1

Taran, the assistant pig-keeper, goes on a dangerous mission to save his beloved homeland.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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.)


The Dragonet Prophecy

Tui Sutherland
(Juvenile Fiction - J Sutherl)
Series: Wings of Fire; 1

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Regan Barnhill
(Juvenile Fiction - J Barnhil)

Luna, whose magical abilities are emerging, was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.


The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pullman)
Series: His Dark Materials; 1

Can Lyra and her animal daemon rescue the children kidnapped by the evil Gobblers?


Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones
(Juvenile Fiction - J Jones)
Series: Howl's Moving Castle; 1

Sophie is resigned to a dull life - until she becomes a wizard's cleaning lady.


Inkheart

Cornelia Funke
(Juvenile Fiction - J Funke)
Series: Inkheart Trilogy; 1

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.


The Iron Trial

Holly Black
(Juvenile Fiction - J Black)
Series: Magisterium; 1

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
Series: Land of Stories; 1

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they meet the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.


The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Riordan)
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians; 1

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.


A Path Begins

J. A . White
(Juvenile Fiction – J White)
Series: The Thickety; 1

When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother's grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she'll use it, even though such magic is forbidden.


Savvy

Ingrid Law
(Juvenile Fiction - J Law)
Series: Savvy; 1

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.


The Sea of Trolls

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.


The Shadows

Jacqueline West
(Juvenile Fiction - J West)
Series: Books of Elsewhere ; 1

When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.


Tangle of Knots

Lisa Graff
(Juvenile Fiction - J Graff)

Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. Includes cake recipes.


The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend
(Juvenile Fiction - J Townsen)
Series: Nevermoor; 1

A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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.


A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Le)
Series: Earthsea; 1

Ged unleashes a terrible evil - is he a good enough wizard to stop it?