• If You Liked Harry Potter
    You Might Enjoy These Fantasy Stories
    (Suggested 3rd-5th grade)
     
     

    1.      Half Magic by Edward Eager

    Faced with a dull summer, four children suddenly find themselves
    involved in a series of adventures after one of them
    discovers a coin that grants wishes. 
    Sequel:  Magic By the Lake
     
     

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    2.    Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

    When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate,
    they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures
     and that a battle between good and evil is about to begin.
    Series of 5 books
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    3.     The Borrowers by Mary Norton

    The adventures of a family of miniature people
    who live undetected in an old house.
    Series includes:  The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat,
    The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged.
     
     
     

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    4.    Midnight for Charlie Bone by by Jenny Nimmo

    A young boy discovers he has a mysterious power and
    must attend an Academy for gifted children where he
    makes friends and has adventures with other gifted children. 
    Series of 8 books.
     
     
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    5.     The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain

    When a strange little man comes to the fair
    promising he can give exactly what you ask for,
    three young believers each make a wish
    that comes true in the most unexpected way.
     

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    6.    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

    Percy Jackson, a struggling student with ADHD,
    discovers that he is the son of Poseidon.
    His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods
    where he and his new friends set out on a quest
    to prevent a war between the gods. 
    Series of 5 books, plus a companion series, 
    The Heroes of Olympus (5 books). 
     

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    7.     The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville

    Russell buys a ring from a magic shop but finds
    he hasn’t paid enough attention to the instructions
    which makes for a Halloween to remember.
    Series, which is called “The Magic Shop Books” includes:
    Jennifer Murdley’s Toad, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher,
    and
    Skull of Truth.


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    8.     Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain

    In agreeing to make a deal with Dr. Dredd
    for the services of a rainmaker,
    the drought-stricken town enters into a devastating struggle
    with forces of evil.
     
     

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    9.      Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine

    Based on the story of Cinderella,
    Ella struggles against the childhood curse
    that forces her to obey any order given to her.

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    10.The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh

    In a small English village a family of ten possesses a dark secret.
    They are life-size, living-and-breathing rag dolls.
    They have all the trials and tribulations of a normal family
    except they can’t be solved routinely.
    They travel by night, work by mail and keep up appearances.
    Sequels:  The Mennyms in the Wilderness, The Mennyms
    Under Seige
    , The Mennyms Alone and The Mennyms Alive.

     

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    11.  Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards

    With the help of an eccentric professor,
    three children succeed in locating the last
    of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart’s desire.

     

                 

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    12.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    Artemis, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind
    kidnaps a fairy and starts a story of magic, mystery and humor.
    Series of 9 books.
     
                    
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     13.  City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
    Two children living in a post-apocalyptic underground
    city called Ember, discover a mystery and work
    to save their community.
    Series of 4 books.
     
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    14.  Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
    Two unlikely companions set out on a quest to
    find 7 stones of power and rescue their
    kingdom from an evil shadow lord.
    Series of 8 books, plus two other series which connect.
     
     
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