Tag Archives: Magic

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 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)

Genre: Fantasy Continue reading

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 Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)

by Shannon Hale

Conditional Recommendation: A betrayed princess must change her name and become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim her crown.

Age: Young Adult
Series: The Books of Bayern #1
Paperback: 383 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2003)

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales Continue reading

Eragon (Inheritance #1)

by Christopher Paolini

Conditional Recommendation: A fifteen-year-old farm boy discovers a dragon egg and when the egg hatches, he begins an adventure involving dragons, magic, an evil king, and fantastical creatures.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Inheritance #1
Hardcover: 497 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (2003)

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The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #6)

by C.S. Lewis

Conditional Recommendation: When Digory and Polly are tricked into another world and return with a witch, they try to set things right but accidentally end up in a new land where they witness Aslan creating Narnia.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 6 (original publication order)
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (Originally published 1955 by Bodley Head)

Genre: Fantasy/Christian Allegory Continue reading

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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