Category Archives: Fantasy

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Conditional Recommendation: Four hobbits, a dwarf, two men, an elf, and a wizard embark on a quest across Middle-earth with a group of friends to keep the ring of power out of evil hands and reach Mount Doom to destroy it.

Age: Young Adult
Series: The Lord of the Rings, Book One
Pages: 458
Published: 1954

Genre: Fantasy

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Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke

Conditional Recommendation: A dragon, a brownie, and a boy set off on a quest to find the Rim of Heaven, a safe place for dragons to live, before humans invade their home or an ancient villain catches them.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: It was a standalone until 2018 when Funke published the companion novel, Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather
Pages: 523
Published: 2005 (English), 1997 (German)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

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Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: In this fairytale retelling, Ella, cursed by a fairy to obey every command, sets out to break her curse and protect those she loves.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 232
Published: 1997
Genre: Fairytale, Fantasy

Awards: Newbery Honor (1998), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature (1999), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1999), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (2000), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1999)

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The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger’s Apprentice #8)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Will, Horace and Halt travel to neighboring Clonmel to disrupt a religious cult threatening the kingdom.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Eight
Pages: 320-400 pages, depending on edition
Published: 2010

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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The Oddling Prince

by Nancy Springer

Conditional Recommendation: A tale of a ring of power, a good king corrupted,  a strong bond of two brothers and lives changed by redemptive love set in a world of fantasy and honor.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 288
Publisher: Tachyon Publications (May 15, 2018)

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The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire #2)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Conditional Recommendation: Told from the perspective of Tsunami the SeaWing, the five dragonets of the prophecy travel to the kingdom of the sea in search of Tsunami’s parents and discover mystery and intrigue.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Wings of Fire, Book Two
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2013)

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The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Conditional Recommendation: Told from the perspective of Clay the MudWing, the dragonets of destiny come out of hiding and enter the world only to discover it more dangerous and violent than they were expecting.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Wings of Fire, Book 1
Hardcover: 336 pages  
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2012)

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Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1)

by Jessica Day George

Conditional Recommendation: 11-year-old Princess Celie and her siblings strive together within their magical castle to protect themselves and their kingdom.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Castle Glower, Book 1
Hardcover: 225 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2011)
Genre: Fantasy

Awards: Utah Book Award for Children’s (2011), Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-6 (2013), California Young Readers Medal for Intermediate (2015), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (2015) Continue reading

The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4)

by C.S. Lewis

Unconditional Recommendation: Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb go to Narnia and on Aslan’s orders, embark on a journey to find the lost Prince Rilian of Narnia.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 4 (original publication order)
Paperback: 243 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (Originally published 1953 by Bodley Head)

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The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger’s Apprentice #5)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Now a fully fledged ranger, Will is assigned to his own territory but it’s not long before he’s sent on a mission to unravel the mystery of the sorcerer of the north.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Five
Pages: 304
Published: 2008
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