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Grades 6-8 Modern Fantasy

Alexander, Lloyd, The Beggar Queen
Chaos reigns in Marianstat as Duke Conrad plots to overthrow the new government of Westmark and end the reforms made by the beggar maid Mickle.

The Kestrel
With war in Westmark and Mickle on the throne, Theo and his companions combine forces to defend the kingdom.

The Prydain Chronicles (6-8)
1. The Book of the Three
The fate of the peaceful kingdom of Prydain hangs in the balance as young Taran, assistant Pig Keeper, and the great warrior Gwydion pit their wits and strength against the mighty forces of evil. Other titles in the Prydain Chronicles:
2. The Black Cauldron
3. The Castle of Llyr
4. Taran Wanderer
5. The High King

The Arkadians
An honest young man flees four conniving palace soothsayers and makes an epic journey, encountering characters that echo Greek myth.

Falling in with a roguish doctor, his attendant and an urchin, Theo embarks on an unforgettable adventure in the kingdom of Westmark.

The Wizard in the Tree
When an orphaned kitchenmaid rescues a wizard, the mismatched pair stumbles into some

Anderson, Hans Christian. Twelve Tales
A strong collection, more child-centered than most Anderson tales.

Armstrong, Alan. Whittington
A barnyard fantasy weaves together three tales (Newbery Honor)wonderful adventures.

*Babbitt, Natalie, Tuck Everlasting (6-8)
A timeless fantasy about a family who has unwittingly drunk from a spring of life, and the 1 l-year-old who must make some life-and-death decisions after stumbling on their secret at the time as a stranger with devilish intentions.

Barrie, James M., Peter Pan

Black, Holly, Ironside (NEW)
As the possessor of Roibin's true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossible quest that will release him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.

Bond, Michael, A Bear Called Paddington
A mischievous bear with a penchant for getting into trouble comes to live with the Brown family after being found in Paddington Station, London.

Bond, Nancy, A String in the Harp
When Peter and his siblings are unwillingly moved to Wales, Peter discovers an ancient harp-tuning key that transports him back in time to the sixth-century world of the bard, Taliesin.

Breathed, Berkeley. Red Ranger Came Calling.
A heart-warming yet unsentimental story of a boy's wavering belief in Santa Claus begs to be read aloud every Christmas.

Brooke, William, Teller of Tales
"Gold in Locks" and other "old stories told new" are presented in a thoughtful, original manner.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden
The children's classic of a boy and a girl who learn compassion and generosity within the walls of an abandoned garden.

Butterworth, Oliver, The Enormous Egg
A boy's life changes when his hen lays an egg the size of a melon and a strange creature is hatched.

Cameron, Eleanor The Court of the Stone Children (5-6)
While visiting a museum, Nina meets a girl who has come forward in time from the Napoleonic era and helps her solve a mystery begun in the 1700s.

Cassedy, Mary, The Wall in the Attic

Cohen, Barbara, Unicorns in the Rain
An invitation from a stranger on a train takes Nikki to unicorns and the boarding of an ark.

Colfer, Eoin,
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony ((NEW)
Teenager Artemis Fowl solves a temporal equation that helps him and Captain Holly Short track fairy demons who are appearing from another dimension, but there is another person who has figured out the formula and abducts one of the beings.

Cooper, Susan, Greenwitch
Dangerous events crowd in fast upon Jane, her brothers, and Will as they find themselves involved in a struggle for possession of an ancient and most precious Grail.

The Grey King
Will Stanton must defy the evil powers of the Grey King...a finely constructed contribution to the high fantasy genre.

The Dark Is Rising
The seventh son of a seventh son, 11-year-old Will is irretrievably drawn into the eternal struggle between good and evil in this powerful fantasy set during the 12 days of Christmas.

King of Shadows
A young actor travels back to 1599 and meets Shakespeare

Fisher, Catherine. The Sphere of Secrets
An ancient map cared into a silver sphere may be enough to end the drought and save the world.

Funke, Cornelia, Inkheart (NEW)
One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called "Inkheart," and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

Inkspell (NEW)
New and wonderful characters join our favorites from the first book, and the setting and action are more exciting and fantastic as well.

Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows
The great childhood classic of our times. Meet the intrepid four—Toad, Water Rat, Badger, and Mole—and their unforgettable adventures.

*Hoffman, Mary, Stravaganza, City of Masks
In the first volume of a fantasy series, one protagonist is a modern boy dying from cancer and another is the girl he befriends in a parallel world similar to the historic Venice of the Renaissance. The imaginative tale with its complex plot, intriguing setting, and well-rounded characters will transport readers into a world of fantasy and suspense.Hoffman, Mary,

Stravaganza, City of Stars
second in the series

Stravaganza, City of Flowers
last in the series

Hunter, Mollie, A Stranger Came Ashore (5-8)
A young man who supposedly survived a shipwreck is offered shelter by the Hendersons. They learn of haunting powers of “Silkies” in the Shetland Island folktale.

Hurmence, Belinda, A Girl Called Boy
Blanche finds her family’s African traditions and slave ancestors boring until she is mysteriously swept back to the American South of the 1850’s as a slave.

Jacques, Brian. The Bellmaker
Young Mariel of Redwall has gone adventuring at sea - but her father, Joseph the Bellmaker, is worried about her.

Jacques, Brian, Redwall
The mouse Matthias undertakes the quest of locating Martin the Warrior's sword in order to save Redials Abbey from invading troops.

Jarrell, Randall, The Animal Family
A lonely hunter befriends a mermaid

Juster, Norman, The Phantom Tollbooth
Milo journeys to a strange land

Langton, Jane, The Fledgling
In this well-wrought fantasy, eight-year-old Georgie learns to fly with the help of a great Canadian goose but not without danger.

Ben and Me
The life and times of Benjamin Franklin delightfully narrated by his good friend, and cohort, Amos the mouse.

Lawson, Robert, Rabbitt Hill
The story of Father and Mother Rabbit, their high-leaping son, Little Georgie, aged Uncle Analdas, and a host of other animals

Lewis, C. S., The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A spellbinding parable about four children who pass through an old English wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, where they help Aslan, the lion ruler, free his subjects from the evil White Witch.

Le Guin, Ursula K., A Wizard of Earthsea
Ged, the boy wizard, brings forth a beast that wants to destroy his soul.

*Levine, Gail Carson, Ella Enchanted
A spirited, strong-willed heroine, Ella, is the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy’s gift – the “gift” of obedience

Lively, Penelope, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Young James Harrison bears the brunt of the havoc caused by ~ seventeenth-century sorcerer who reappears in modem England.

Nesbit, Edith Fine Children and It

Oldenburg, E.W., Potawatome Indian Summer

*Paolini, Christopher, Eragon
Epic fantasy, Eragon and Saphira, the dragon he's raised from a baby, set out to avenge the murder of Eragon's uncle


2nd in the trilogy

Pinkwater, Daniel M., Lizard Music
A wildly imaginative, strangely logical plot built upon progressively crazier details takes a young sci-fi show addict to an invisible island inhabited by charming lizards.

Pratchett, Terry.
Equal Rites
An aged wizard passes his powers to a newborn eighth son of an eighth son, who turns out to be a daughter. Against all tradition, Eskarina struggles to obtain a wizard's education.

Riordan, Rick, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse – Book 3 (NEW)
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, gets a distress call from his best friend Grover. Once there, he informs Percy and Annabeth (the daughter of Zeus) about two new half-bloods, with unknown parentage. Unprepared for the battle that lies ahead, the three friends must contend with these new half-bloods and survive the sinister machinations of the Titan Lord Kronos.

Rodgers, Mary, Freaky Friday
Thirteen-year-old Annabel wakes up one morning to find that she and her mother have switched places.

*Rowling, J. K., The Harry Potter series

*Rylant, Cynthia. The Van Gogh Cafe
The Van Gogh Cafe, located in an old movie theater, has a magic that transforms the ordinary into a gentle series of extraordinary happenings.

Sage, Angie, Flyte (Septimus Heap) (NEW)
When Princess Jenna is pursued by a dark wizard, it is the apprentice, Septimus Heap, who must save her while enduring such terrors as a night in the Forest with hungry wolverines and carnivorous trees.

Selden, George, The Cricket in Times Square
The comic, sometimes tragic, side of life in the city is brought into relief as Chester the Cricket and his friends struggle to bring success to an almost bankrupt newsstand.

Skelton, Matthew, Endymoin Spring (NEW)
A timeless secret is unveiled when young boy’s finger is pierced by a blank book, a book with fine veins running through its pages. As he stares at the centuries-old volume, words begin to appear on its pages. Fans of mystery a la The DaVinci Code will not be able to put this book down.

Spinner, Stephanie. Quicksilver (NEW)
Hermes (Mercury and Wayfinder) is an entertaining narrator on a fast-paced journey through ancient Greek mythology from Medusa's cave to Trojan War battlefields to the mysterious Underworld.

Tate, Eleanora E., The Secret of Gumbo Grove
Eleven year old Raisin Stackhouse traces her African-American community’s history through stories of those buried in a local South Carolina graveyard.

Taylor, Mildred D., Song of the Trees
When a lumber company wants to destroy the ancestral trees that surround their home, young Cassie and her family fight to save them.

Tolkien, J. R. R., The Hobbit
The world of fantasy called Middle earth and those charming, Lilliputian creatures, the Hobbits.

Verne, Jules, Around the World in Eighty Days
Phineas Foggs fantastic circling of the globe.

• Verne, Jules, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Explorers go down the funnel of a volcano in Iceland and are ejected near Stromboli in the Mediterranean.

White, T. H., The Sword in the Stone
The story of King Arthur's boyhood, this blend of fact and fancy, myth and history, wit and wisdom forms the opening sequence of The Once and
Future King.

Wiseman, David, Jeremy Visick
In a seamless fantasy tale, Matthew is drawn across time to help a boy his own age who was lost in a Cornish mining disaster a century earlier.

• Yolen, Jane. Dragon's Blood
Trying to win his freedom a bond boy steals a dragon hatchling to train as a champion fighter