Fantasy for Middle School
Recommended Fantasy for Middle Schoolers
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Y Fiction Oppel, Y Books on CD Oppel (Grade 6-10) Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Alanna: The First Adventure(Song of the Lioness Quartet) by Tamora Pierce, Y Fiction Pierce (Grade 5-8) Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Micahel Scott, Y Fiction Scott(Y Books on CD Scott (Grade 6-9) He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
The Amulet of Samarkand(Bartimaeus Trilogy) by Jonathan Stroud, Y Fiction Stroud (Grade 5-9) Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia Wrede, Y Fiction Wrede (Grade 5-9) Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Y Fiction Weis (Grade 6-10) Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world. No one expected them to be heroes. Least of all, them.
Eragon(Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini, Y Fiction Paolini, Y Books on CD Paolini (Grade 7-10) In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kroppby Rick Yancey, Y Fiction Yancey, Y Books on CD Yancey (Grade 6-8) Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
Fetch by Laura Whitcomb, Y Fiction Whitcomb (Ages 13 and up) Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
Gakuen Alice by Tachibana Higuchi, Y Fiction Higuchi (Teen, Age 13 and up) Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo following her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru's side, she has to both pass the strange "entrance exam" and face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it's Hotaru's gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume's fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi's control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she's going to stay in school, or even stay alive!
The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell, Y Fiction Bell (Grade 6-10) A young Hedgewitch, an idealistic knight, and an army of clever goblins fight against the ruling hierarchy that is trying to rid the land of all magical creatures.
Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafael Abalos, Y Fiction Abalos, Y Books on CD Abalos (Grade 7 and up) Grimpow finds a stone on a dead knight and begins a quest that will change his life forever.
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Y Fiction Jones (Grade 6-8) Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
The Lightning Thief (Percy and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan, Y Fiction Riordan, Y Books on CD Riordan (Grade 5-9) Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can¿t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix(Grade 5-8) Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi, Y Fiction Uehashi(Grade 5 and up) The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Chagum from both a mysterious monster and the prince's father, the Mikado.
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Y Fiction Haddix (Grade 5-8) "Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box. It is not safe for me to wear it...It is not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am. But I know -- I have always known."Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess, in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner named Desmia is on the throne as a decoy.As she gets older, Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day.Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city, determined to reclaim her throne and face the danger head on.When Harper and Cecilia reach the famed Palace of Mirrors, they discover complications: Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story.Acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the charmed world of Just Ella,where a princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears.
Puddlejumpers by Mark Jean and Christopher C. Carson, Y Fiction Jean, Y Books on CD Jean (Grade 4-8) Kidnapped as a baby by Puddlejumpers, little people who live in a world below puddles, twelve-year-old Ernie must find courage to save the Puddlejumpers by leading them into battle against their mortal enemies, the Troggs.
Redwall(Redwall series) by Brian Jacques, Y Fiction Jacques, Y Books on CD Jaques (Grade 6 and up) It is the Summer of the Late Rose. A sinister shadow has fallen across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. For it is rumored that Cluny is coming -- Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his battle-seasoned horde -- Cluny, whose vow is to conquer Redwall Abbey! The woodland creatures rush to a desperate defense. But what can an abbey of peaceloving mice do against Cluny the Scourge and his army?
Ruins of Gorlan (Rangers Apprentice series) by John Anthony Flanagan, Y Fiction Flanagan, Y Books on CD Flanagan (Grade 4-8) When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix, Y Fiction Nix (Grade 6-9) Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Phillip Caveney, Y Fiction Caveney, Y Books on CD Caveney (Grade 7 and up) Accompanied by his sardonic buffalope Max, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Darke meets a spoiled princess and a diminutive soldier who aid in his quest to become court jester to the evil King Septimus.
Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates by Phillip Caveny, Y Fiction Caveney
Having concluded that he will never be a jester, half-elvish seventeen-year-old Sebastian sets out with his friends to seek buried pirate treasure but someone--or something--is following them.
The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy) by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Y Fiction Crossley-Holland (Grade 5-8) In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
The Sight by David Clement-Davies, Y Fiction Clement Davies (Grade 6-9) In Transylvania during the Middle Ages, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to prevent their enemy--an embittered lone wolf named Morgra--from calling upon the legendary Evil One that will give her the power to control all animals.
So You Want To Be a Wizard(Young wizard series) by Diana Duane, Y Fiction Duane (Grade 5-8) Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Y Fiction Chima (Grade 5-9) After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
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