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Recommended Reading: Fantasy for Teens
Travel to faraway lands and meet peculiar characters in these top-rated titles for teens.

Middle Grade Fantasy Novels - Available on Hoopla!

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Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

Gwendolyn and Cat Chant, both orphans who have inherited talents, are educated in the magical arts by their guardian, Mr. Crestomanci.


Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Princess Cimorene, the daughter of a very proper king, runs away to live with a very powerful dragon, Kazul.


Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

Transformed by a mysterious technology into hologram guides at Walt Disney World, five young teens are pitted against Disney villains before an elderly Imagineer informs them that the park and the world outside its walls are in grave danger.


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.


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 looming.


The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.


The Familiars by Adam J. Epstein

When an alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical companion to Jack, a wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow "familiars," a blue jay and tree frog, must save the kingdom after the queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two others.


Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

Mosca Mye and her homicidal goose, Saracen, travel to the city of Mandelion on the heels of smooth-talking con-man, Eponymous Clent.


Foxheart by Claire Legrand

Quicksilver, a self-proclaimed greatest thief in all the Star Lands, must travel back in time to when magic still existed and, with the help of her older self and a dog named Fox, stop the evil Wolf King from hunting witches to extinction.


Going Wild by Lisa McMann

Charlie Wilde knew her life would change forever when her family moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs of Arizona…and that was before she found the bracelet. After putting it on, she notices odd things start to happen. Suddenly Charlie seems to have the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant—and thats just the beginning.


The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.


The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.


Magyk by Angie Sage

After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, her father and brother, and a young guard--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.


Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.


The School for Good and Evil by Somain Chainani

Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.


Storybound by Marissa Burt

Transported by a mysterious library book into the magical fairy-tale land of Story, lonely 12-year-old Una Fairchild befriends the loyal Peter and is compelled to hide her true identity from children who attend school to become archetypal characters, from Heroes and Sidekicks to dastardly Villains.


Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Warring factions of blue jays and cardinals call on Swordbird, the heroic bird of peace, to rescue them from the evil machinations of Turnatt, the tyrant hawk lord who plans to enslave them.


The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.