Magic, myth and fantasy have been popular in children’s books for years, even before Harry Potter arrived on the scene. But since everyone’s favourite boy wizard arrived on the scene, we’ve seen an even bigger boom. To help you out as much as possible, we have a handy section devoted to fantasy novels, so if you are keen to read stories about strange worlds and magical adventures, you know just where to look. Here are a few titles in our collection that deserve a second look!
by: Anne Ursu
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack’s life.
Alanna: the First Adventure
by: Tamora Pierce
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, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. This is the first in the Song of the Lioness series.
Beyond the Deepwoods
by: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs. This is the first in the Edge Chronicles series.
The Ruins of Gorlan
by: John Flanagan
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. This is the first in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.
by: Sarah Prineas
Spirited young Fer travels through the Way to a magical world in which beings part human and part animal serve an evil ruler known as the Lady, and where she hopes to learn about her long-lost parents and her own identity.