Alexander, Lloyd     
The book of three
A fairy tale with origins in Welsh mythology, about the imaginary kingdom of Prydain. In this fantasy Toran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, has many adventures on a harzardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. Sequels: 2. The Black Cauldron, 3. The Castle of Llyr, 4. Taran Wanderer, 5. The High King

Barron, T A     
The lost years of Merlin
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures. Sequels: 2. The Seven Songs of Merlin, 3. The Fires of Merlin, 4. The Mirror of Merlin, 5. The Wings of Merlin

Billingsley, Franny     
The Folk Keeper
Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.

Calhoun, Dia     
Aria of the sea
In the magical kingdom of Windward, thirteen-year-old Cerinthe arrives at the Royal Dancing School, where she finds herself torn between the two careers of dancer and healer.

Colfer, Eoin     
Artemis Fowl
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Sequel: Artemis Foul: The Arctic Incident.

Cooper, Susan     
Over sea, under stone
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur. Sequels: 2. The Dark Is Rising, 3. Greenwitch, 4. The Grey King, 5. Silver on the Tree

Cooper, Susan     
The boggart
12-year-old Emily returns from a visit to a castle in Scotland, only to find that she has accidentally brought home a boggart, and invisible spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.

Coville, Bruce     
Into the land of the unicorns
Having jumped into the fantasy land of Luster, Cara joins Lightfoot the unicorn in the search for Queen Arabella Skydancer. Sequel: Song of the Wanderer.

Coville, Bruce     
Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher : a magic shop book
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg. Sequels: Jennifer Murdley's Toad, The Monster's Ring, The Skull of Truth

Dahl, Roald     
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

Dahl, Roald     
Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Eager, Edward     
Half magic
Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.

Edwards, Julie     
The last of the really great whangdoodles
With help from an eccentric professor who gives their imaginations special intensive training, three children succeed in locating the last of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart's desire.

Ende, Michael     
The neverending story
Bastian, a lonely boy, steps through the pages of a book and finds himself caught up in a dangerous quest in a magical kingdom known as Fantastica

Fletcher, Susan     
Dragon's milk
Kaeldra, an outsider adopted by an Elythian family as a baby, possesses the power to understand dragons and uses this power to try to save her younger sister who needs dragon's milk to recover from an illness. Sequels: Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Sign of the Dove

Furlong, Monica     
Wise Child
Abandoned by both her parents, nine-year-old Wise Child goes to live with the witch woman Juniper, who begins to train her in the ways of herbs and magic. Sequel: Juniper

Ibbotson, Eva     
The secret of platform 13
Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.

Jarvis, Robin     
The dark portal : book one of the Deptford Mice trilogy
While on a rescue mission, a few daring mice journey below to the sewers to an evil world populated by rats who peel mice before eating them and worship the Dark Lord. Sequels: The Crystal Prison, The Final Reckoning

Jones, Diana Wynne     
Charmed life
Gwendolen Chant and her brother Cat find the Chrestomancie Castle family's magic powers difficult to counter with the inferior powers of the Coven Street witches. Prequel: The Lives of Christopher Chant

Jones, Diana Wynne     
Howl's moving castle
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. Sequel: Castle in the Air

Jones, Diana Wynne     
Witch week
When a teacher at an English boarding school finds a note on his desk accusing someone in the class of being a witch, magical things begin to happen and an Inquisitor is summoned.

Juster, Norton     
The phantom tollbooth
Milo finds a toy tollbooth sitting in his room. He drives through the gates into the former Kingdom of Wisdom. Joined by Tock, a watchdog, he meets the foolish Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the mission of rescuing the princesses Rhyme and Reason.

Le Guin, Ursula K     
A wizard of Earthsea
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard. Sequels: The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind

Levine, Gail Carson     
Ella enchanted
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Lewis, Clive Staples     
The magician's nephew
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech. Sequels: 2. The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 3. Prince Caspian, 4. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 5. The Silver Chair, 6. The Horse and His Boy, 7. The Last Battle

McKillip, Patricia A     
The forgotten beasts of Eld
A wizard, accustomed to the company only of great legendary beasts, is introduced to the human world with all its sorrows and delights when a baby comes into her care.

McKinley, Robin     
The blue sword
Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers. Prequel: The Hero and the Crown

McKinley, Robin     
The hero and the crown
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. Sequel: The Blue Sword

Morris, Gerald     
The squire's tale
Fourteen-year-old Terence, living in medieval England, discovers an important secret about his true identity while on a quest as the squire to Gawain of Orkney.

Nesbit, Edith     
Five children and it
When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them. Sequels: The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet

Nicholson, William     
The wind singer : an adventure
After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people. Sequels: Slaves of the Mastery, Firesong

Nix, Garth     
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. Sequel: Lirael, Abhorsen

Pierce, Tamora     
Alanna : the first adventure
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. Sequels: 2. In the Hand of the Goddess, 2. In the Hand of the Goddess, 3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, 4. Lioness Rampant

Pullman, Philip     
I was a rat
A little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he was a rat.

Pullman, Philip     
The golden compass
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Sequels: The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

Smith, Sherwood     
Wren to the rescue
With the help of a prince and an apprentice wizard, Wren strives to rescue her best friend, a princess named Tess, from the fortress of a wicked king. Sequels: Wren's Quest, Wren's War

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley     
Black and blue magic
Harry Houdini Marco faces a long, boring summer until he helps Mr. Mazzeeck move in to his mother's boarding house, and Mr. Mazzeeck gives Harry magic wings as thanks. Now, if only he can figure out how to fly without bumping into everything!

Springer, Nancy     
I am Morgan le Fay : a tale from Camelot
In a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world. Sequel: I am Mordred

Winthrop, Elizabeth     
The castle in the attic
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest. Sequel: The Battle for the Castle

Wrede, Patricia C     
Dealing with dragons
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. Sequels: 2. Searching for Dragons, 3. Calling on Dragons, 4. Talking to Dragons

Yolen, Jane     
Passager : the young Merlin trilogy, book 1
A foundling rediscovers his identity through the help of the falconer who adopts him. Sequels: 2. Hobby, 3. Merlin

Yolen, Jane     
Wizard's hall
A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.