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Fantasy Literature

A list of stories that take the reader to unusual locations while introducing strange and wonderful characters and situations.

The Usual Suspects: Book 1
The Sisters Grimm Series 

Michael Buckley 
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. Grandmother Grimm lives in a strange town in New York State, known for its extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes. Sabrina and Daphne learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, who were actually detectives of the magical phenomenon perpetrated by the Everafters, a parallel race of magical beings. A hilarious mix of mysteries and fairy tale twists.

The Fire Thief: Book 1 
Fire Thief Trilogy
Terry Deary 
Retelling of the tale of Prometheus, in which Prometheus becomes a time traveller in order to escape the wrath of the gods and befriends a Victorian orphan. Trilogy 

Sword Quest: A Prequel to Swordbird
Nancy Yi Fan
Wind-voice, a dove, seeks a sword made magical by the Great Spirit himself in order to save the world of birds from destroying themselves at war, but first he must confront an evil rival, archaeopteryx Maldeor.

The Ruins of Gorlan: Book 1 Rangerís Apprentice Series 
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. Series 

Puddlejumpers 
Mark Jean and Christopher Carson
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. 
The Coming of Dragons: Book 1 
Darkest Age series

A.J. Lake
Two eleven-year-olds named Edmund and Elspeth discover that they have been given fantastic gifts to use against the ancient and evil forces that have been awakened by powerful magic during the Dark Ages in Great Britain.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 
Grace Lin 
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River. 


 

What the Dickens 
Gregory Maguire 
A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. Itís the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. 

 

Gods of Manhattan 
Scott Mebus 
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city's colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission. 

One Beastly Beast (Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales) 
Garth Nix
A collection of four fantasy tales in which a boy joins a strange navy in pursuit of video pirates, a neglected princess seeks adventure, an orphaned inventor seeks the perfect parents, and a genius girl faces a sea serpent.

The Lightning Thief: Book 1 
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Rick Riordan 
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. 

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: Book 1 
Alcatraz Series

Brandon Sanderson 
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization. 

The Little Secret 
Kate Saunders 
When she is invited to her new friend's home for summer vacation, eleven-year-old Jane discovers that Staffa and her family are not what they seem to be. 

 

The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen 
Delia Sherman 
In New York Between, a parallel Manhattan that is home to various creatures of folklore, Neef meets her counterparts at Miss Van Loon's school for human changelings, where Neef learns the basics of diplomacy and soon gets into trouble

The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes
Roderick Townley 
A mysterious stranger commissions a single, valuable shoe from a humble cobbler, changing the cobbler's life and the life of his young apprentice forever. 

Moriboto: Guardian of the Spirit: Book 1 
Guardian Series

Nahoko Ueashi 
The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Chagum from both a mysterious monster and the prince's father, the Mikado. 

City of Fire: Book 1 
City Trilogy

Laurence Yep 
Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe. 
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