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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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The Tower of Geburah (The Archives of Anthropos #1)

by John White

Conditional Recommendation: Three Canadian children fall through television sets to land in a world where they have to escape captivity, help free a king, and defeat the powers of evil.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Archives of Anthropos, Book One
Pages: 402
Published: 1978

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Allegory

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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 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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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)

by Brandon Mull

Conditional Recommendation: A thirteen-year-old boy accidentally falls into a fantastical world and is thrust on a dangerous mission to overthrow an evil and clever king.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Beyonders (#1)
Hardcover: 457 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (March 15, 2011)

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The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice #2)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Ranger apprentice, Will, and his friend Horace are sent as envoys to Celtica in light of the coming war and they find themselves and their training put to the ultimate test.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Two
Pages: 304
Published: 2007
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: A timid young princess finds her courage when she faces fantastical creatures on her quest to find the knowledge to save her beloved sister.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 241
Published: 2001
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale

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