Fantasy for Tweens / Children's Book Lists

Books for children and tweens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

"Dragon on Trial (Menagerie, #2)" by Tui T. Sutherland

'Dragon on Trial (Menagerie, #2)' by Tui T. Sutherland

★★★ After rescuing a griffin in the first book, ”The Menagerie”, Logan is officially accepted as a member of the secret menagerie that cares for mythical creatures. This time the crisis involves the disappearance and presumed murder of Pelly, the goose who lays the golden eggs. Snatch, a dragon in the menagerie, is blamed, but Logan and his friend Zoe are sure that he's being framed, and that the goose, crucial to the Menagerie’s income, ...

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"Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)" by Heidi Schulz

'Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)' by Heidi Schulz

★★★★★ Jocelyn has piracy and adventure in her blood so why did her grandfather send her to an all-too-pink finishing school for girls? Because she is the daughter of the infamous pirate Captain James Hook, that’s why. After receiving a posthumous letter from her father requesting her to avenge his death and destroy the infamous crocodile that took his life, Jocelyn secures a ship, assembles a crew and sets sail for Neverland. Living up to her ...

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"Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)" by Jason Segel

'Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)' by Jason Segel

★★★★ Twelve-year-old Charlie Laird has big problems. His mom died, his dad remarried, and now together with his younger brother Jack they must move into his new "stepmonster’s" (that’s what he calls her) odd-looking purple mansion with a tower. Positive that his new "stepmonster" is a witch, he barricades himself inside his new bedroom where he can’t sleep because he is plagued with nightmares. But when the Waking World and the Netherworl ...

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"Beyond the Laughing Sky" by Michelle Cuevas

'Beyond the Laughing Sky' by Michelle Cuevas

★★★★ In this rather unusual tale a young couple, whose house is perched in a large pecan tree, discover a baby in a cracked egg from a bird’s nest on the sidewalk. This human-looking baby has feathers for hair and no mouth or nose but in its place a beak. His adopted parents, sister, and the small community of Goosepimple adapt to life with him, but as he grows and goes to school his life becomes more difficult and he longs to fly. This shor ...

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"The Thickety: A Path Begins" by J.A. White

'The Thickety: A Path Begins' by J.A. White

★★★★★ Witchcraft and magic are denounced as evil, feared and banned on this island colony that is surrounded by a strange forbidden forest with feared creatures known as the Dark Wood or Thickety. At only 5 years old Kara along with her newborn brother Taff witness the hanging death of their mother who was proclaimed a witch and their lives radically change. Since her deeply affected father is unable to function, Kara is forced to raise her sic ...

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"The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)" by Django Wexler

'The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)' by Django Wexler

★★★★★ After overhearing an insect-like black fairy in the kitchen arguing with her father, Alice is informed that her father is dead and she is ordered to go and live with Geryon, an unknown uncle who has a massive library which she is forbidden not only to enter but also to not read any books inside it. Ashes, a talking cat who admits to being only half a cat sneaks her inside, but the minute she begins to read she is thrown inside the book. Ge ...

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"Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee

'Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy' by Karen Foxlee

★★★★★ Opehlia Jane Worthington-Whittard is an extraordinary 11 year old girl; she just doesn’t know it yet. Accepting a last-minute job offer to curate a sword exhibit at a museum in a foreign city, Ophelia’s father believes that this is just the change of scenery his daughters need after the recent death of their mother. The plan is for Ophelia and her sister Alice to go ice skating and explore this new icy city where it never seems to st ...

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"The Real Boy" by Anne Ursu

'The Real Boy' by Anne Ursu

★★★★★ The massive walls around the protected island city of Asteri writhe with enchantment. The wizards’ powerful magic protects the city from illness and harm. A devastating worldwide plague many years ago killed numerous people from the island. “The boy”, Oscar, works as a lowly “Hand” for Caleb, the most powerful magician in the city. His job is to secure supplies like herbs and mushrooms from the forest, and grind them for the ma ...

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"Story's End (Storybound, #2)" by Marissa Burt

'Story's End (Storybound, #2)' by Marissa Burt

Enter the magical land of Story in this sequel to Storybound, perfect for fans of Inkheart, The School for Good and Evil, and classic fantasy tales like Ella Enchanted and The Neverending Story. Kids who love fairy tales, dragons, magic, and more will be enchanted by Una Fairchild's unforgettable adventure in Story's End.Story is a land of dashing Heroes, dastardly Villains, and epic q ...

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"The Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)" by Tui T. Sutherland

'The Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)' by Tui T. Sutherland

★★★★★ After his mother disappears, Logan Wilde and his father move to Xanadu, Wyoming -- a small, sleepy town where nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until he discovers feathers on the floor of his room, odd noises coming from inside his closet and a griffin under his bed. Through the griffin he connects with Zoe, a girl who behaves strangely at school and always appears to wear dirty clothes. What secret is she hiding and what other my ...

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"The Ability (The Ability, #1)" by M.M. Vaughan

'The Ability (The Ability, #1)' by M.M. Vaughan

Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this thrilling start to a middle-grade series that expands the possibilities of power.No one has any confidence in twelve-year-old Christopher Lane. His teachers discount him as a liar and a thief, and his mom doesn’t have the energy to deal with him. But a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education indicates that Chris might have some potential ...

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"The Pirate's Coin: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (Sixty-Eight Rooms #3)" by Marianne Malone

'The Pirate's Coin: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (Sixty-Eight Rooms #3)' by Marianne Malone

Fans of magic, mystery, and adventure will love the third The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure—a perfect next step for kids who love the Magic Tree House series, and just right for readers who love Chasing Vermeer, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Wonderstruck. Sixth Graders Ruthie and Jack return to the Art Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms. During a school presentation, Ruthie and Jack ...

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"Storm of Sharks (Wereworld, #5)" by Curtis Jobling

'Storm of Sharks (Wereworld, #5)' by Curtis Jobling

The epic Wereworld saga continues as Drew Ferran—werewolf, leader of people, and the rightful king of Lyssia—battles the evil Catlords who seek to oppress the kingdom. As the war’s scope widens, Drew and his allies take the fight to the high seas. But just as many terrors await them on the water as on land, with pirates and scoundrels abounding and a host of previously-unknown werelords emerging to take sides in the war that threatens to de ...

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"Flight of the Last Dragon" by Robert Burleigh

'Flight of the Last Dragon' by Robert Burleigh

What if there was but one dragon left in the world?What if dragons were more than just imaginary creatures? What if long ago they soared through our skies? And what if there was only one dragon left? Where might it hide from our machines, from our technology, from us? And where would it go if it spread its wings for one last flight?New York Times bestselling writer Robert Burleigh and Harry Potter artist Mary GrandPre ans ...

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"Breadcrumbs" by Anne Ursu

'Breadcrumbs' by Anne Ursu

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. And t ...

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"A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)" by Gail Carson Levine

'A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)' by Gail Carson Levine

★★★★★ Twelve year old Elodie is forced to leave her family and her island home of Lahnt, to sail to the town of Two Castles and begin a new life. Stuck in Two Castles without any money to immediately follow her dream of being an actor, she is transported into the lair of a brilliant dragon, Meenore, who offers to employ her as his paid assistant, even though he is not too fond of humans. Doing his bidding leads her to the castle of a shape-shi ...

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"The Dragon of Cripple Creek" by Troy Howell

'The Dragon of Cripple Creek' by Troy Howell

When Kat and her father and brother visit the Mollie Kathleen, an old gold mine now open for tours by the busload, Kat gets lost from the group and falls down a shaft, where she discovers an awe-inspiring world of fantasy come to life. She meets an ancient dragon—the last of his kind—and discovers a secret about the gold that litters the creature's den and why dragons throughout time have hoarded the sparkling treasure. The dragon he ...

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"Thomas and the Dragon Queen" by Shutta Crum

'Thomas and the Dragon Queen' by Shutta Crum

A kingdom is at war.A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen.A brave squire volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.But there's just one small problem. He's Thomas, the shortest of all the squires. With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon ...

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"Dragon's Heart" by Jane Yolen

'Dragon's Heart' by Jane Yolen

Planet Austar IV changes under embargo. Return of Jakkin and Akki 17 arouses mixed emotions. They now survive brutal cold night, and telepath pictures with dragons, each other. Such knowledge could transform or destroy the planet. When Akki wants to finish medical training at the Rokk and start research experiments, former enemy kidnaps her. Can Jakkin save her? ...

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"Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber, #1)" by P.W. Catanese

'Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber, #1)' by P.W. Catanese

Twelve-year-old Happenstance awakens in a cave with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. Soon a mysterious trio arrives to take him away: the explorer Umber, the shy archer Sophie, and Oates, whose strength and honesty are both brutal. Hap and his new acquaintances narrowly escape the cavernous underworld and make their way to Lord Umber's bustling jewel of a harbor city, Kurahaven. Once there, Hap learns that Lord Umber is ...

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"The Dragon in the Sock Drawer (Dragon Keepers, #1)" by Kate Klimo

'The Dragon in the Sock Drawer (Dragon Keepers, #1)' by Kate Klimo

TEN-YEAR-OLD COUSINS Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found thunder egg hatches, and a helpless, tiny but very loud baby dragon pops out. Soon the two kids are at the dragon’s beck-and-call, trying to figure out what to feed her.An Internet search leads them to the library, which leads them back to the Internet, where they find a very strange Web site ...

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"The Hound of Rowan (The Tapestry, #1)" by Henry H. Neff

'The Hound of Rowan (The Tapestry, #1)' by Henry H. Neff

Max McDaniels lives a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle betwe ...

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"Dragon Secrets" by Christopher Golden

'Dragon Secrets' by Christopher Golden

Timothy uses his powers for peacemaking in book two of the fantastical Magic Zero series from two New York Times bestselling authors.Timothy now knows that possessing no magical powers makes him very powerful indeed. Having defeated Nicodemus, Timothy travels to a war-torn dimension to help the Wurm—fierce magicians and warriors descended from an ancient dragon race. There is an age-old feud between the ...

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"The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon, #1)" by Patrick Carman

'The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon, #1)' by Patrick Carman

A 12-year-old girl learns of her magical destiny in Patrick Carman's first absorbing episode of the Land of Elyon trilogy. Originally self-published to local acclaim and now available on a national scale, Carman's The Dark Hills Divide introduces readers to Alexa Daley, who annually visits the town of Bridewell. Alexa is curious about what lies beyond the massive ramparts that surround the city and the walled roads that link Bridewell to ...

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"Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)" by Cornelia Funke

'Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)' by Cornelia Funke

Alternate cover edition: 9780439709101Twelve-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.Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since h ...

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