For Intermediate Grades & Middle School Students
Richard Adams - THE WATERSHIP DOWN BOOKS (grades 5 and up)
The legend-filled lives of a group of English rabbits.
1. Watership Down
2. Tales from Watership Down
Lloyd Alexander - THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES (grades 5 and up)
Taran and Eilonwy encounter epic adventures in the mythical Celtic land of Prydain.
1. The Book of Three
2. The Black Cauldron
3. The Castle of Llyr
4. Taran Wanderer
5. The High King
Lynne Reid Banks - THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD SERIES (grades 4 and up)
The plastic Indian is just the 1st toy that the magic cupboard brings to life.
1. The Indian in the Cupboard
2. The Return of the Indian
3. The Secret of the Indian
4. The Mystery of the Cupboard
Clive Barker - ABARAT (grades 6 and up)
When a girl from Chickentown, Minnesota, finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, her life is forever changed.
2. Days of Magic, Nights of War
T. A. Barron - THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN (grades 5 and up)
The teenage years of Merlin, as he discovers the power of his magic, are the
basis for these exciting Arthurian tales.
1. The Lost of Years Of Merlin
2. The Seven Songs of Merlin
3. The Fires of Merlin
4. The Mirror of Merlin
5. The Wings of Merlin
Dave Barry - PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS (grades 5 and up)
An orphan and a young Starcatcher aboard the ship Never Land guard magical stardust from a greedy pirate.
1. Peter and the Starcatchers
2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves
3. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
4. Peter and the Sword of Mercy
L. Frank Baum - THE OZ BOOKS (grades 3 and up)
Did Dorothy return to Oz? Find out, and discover Ozma, Tik-Tok, the
Wooden Gargoyles, the Nome King, the Wogglebug, and other Ozites.
1. The Wizard of Oz
2. The Land of Oz
3. Ozma of Oz
4. Dorothy & the Wizard in Oz
5. The Road to Oz
6. The Emerald City of Oz
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz
8. Tik-Tok of Oz
9 The Scarecrow of Oz
10. Rinkitink in Oz
11. The Lost Princess of Oz
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz
13. The Magic of Oz
14. Glinda of Oz
Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi - THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (grades 3 and up)
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
1. The Field Guide
2. The Seeing Stone
3. Lucinda's Secret
4. The Ironwood Tree
5. The Wrath of Mulgarath
Isobelle Carmody - LITTLE FUR (grades 4 and up)
When half-elf, half-troll Little Fur learns that servants of the troll king aim to destroy her beloved trees, she embarks on an ambitious and dangerous journey into the human world in hopes of saving not only the wilderness she calls home, but the very earth spirit itself.
1. The Legend Begins
2. A Fox Called Sorrow
3. A Mystery of Wolves
Grace Chetwin - TALES OF GOM IN THE LEGENDS OF ULM (grades 5 and up)
A woodcutter's son discovers he has inherited a special ability from his mother to communicate with animals and nature.
1. Gom on Windy Mountain
2. The Riddle and the Rune
3. The Crystal Stair
4. The Starstone
John Christopher - THE SWORD OF THE SPIRITS TRILOGY (grades 6 and up)
Who are the Seers and what are the Spirits, in this future medieval society?
1. The Prince in Waiting
2. Beyond the Burning Lands
3. The Sword of the Spirits
Eoin Colfer - ARTEMIS FOWL (grades 5 and up)
A 12 year old criminal mastermind plots to get some Fairy gold, but when he kidnaps one of "The People" she turns out to belong to the LEPrecon-
Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance.
1. Artemis Fowl
2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
3. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
4. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
5. Artemis Fowl : The lost colony
6. Artemis Fowl : The time paradox
Suzanne Collins - UNDERLAND CHRONICLES (grades 5 and up)
Eleven-year-old Gregor and his 2-year-old sister are pulled into a strange world beneath New York City where they trigger an epic battle that involves the people, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders who populate this underworld.
1. Gregor the Overlander
2. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
3. Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods
4. Gregor and the marks of secret
5. Gregor and the Code of Claw
Susan Cooper - THE DARK IS RISING SEQUENCE (grades 5 and up)
The struggle between the Light and the Dark is viewed through
encounters in modern England and Wales with figures of Celtic legend.
1. Over Sea, Under Stone
2. The Dark is Rising
4. The Grey King
5. Silver on the Tree
W. J. Corbett - THE PENTECOST BOOKS (grades 6 and up)
The story of a strange mouse who leads his tribe from certain death.
1. The Song of Pentecost
2. Pentecost and the Chosen One
Diane Duane - THE YOUNG WIZARDS SERIES (grades 5 and up)
Two teenagers on Long Island train to be wizards and join in the battle of good versus evil.
1. So You Want to be a Wizard
2. Deep Wizardry
3. High Wizardry
4. A Wizard Abroad
5. The Wizard’s Dilemma
6. A Wizard Alone
7. Wizard’s Holiday
8. Wizards at War
Jeanne DuPrau - CITY OF EMBER (grades 5 and up)
In a dark underground city with no natural light, failing electricity, and dwindling supplies, two friends try to find a way out.
1. The City of Ember
2. People of Sparks
3. The prophet of Yonwood
Edward Eager - THE MAGIC BOOKS (grades 4 and up)
The children in these books find magic, but it never works exactly as they think it should.
1. Half Magic
2. Magic by the Lake
3. The Time Garden
4. Magic or Not?
5. The Well-Wishers
6. Knight’s Castle
Nancy Farmer - THE SEA OF TROLLS (grades 6 and up)
Captured by Vikings, a boy and his sister undertake a quest to the home of the trolls.
1. The Sea of Trolls
2. The Land of the Silver Apples
3. The Islands of the Blessed (2009)
Catherine Fisher - THE ORACLE PROPHECIES (grades 5 and up)
A girl chosen to be "Bearer of the God" sets out on a quest to find the true representative of God on Earth in a fantasy world much like ancient Greece and Egypt.
1. The Oracle Betrayed
2. The Sphere of Secrets
3. Day of the scarab
John Flanagan - THE RANGER’S APPRENTICE (grades 5 and up)
When 15-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.
1. The Ruins of Gorlan
2. The Burning Bridge
3. The Icebound Land
4. The Battle for Skandia
5. The Sorcerer in the North
6. The Siege of Macindaw
7. Erak's Ransom
Charlie Fletcher - STONEHEART (grades 5 and up)
When twelve-year-old George accidentally decapitates a stone statue in London, England, he falls into a parallel dimension where he must battle ancient "live" statues and solve a dangerous riddle.
Cornelia Funke - INKHEART (grades 5 and up)
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Monica Furlong - THE JUNIPER BOOKS (grades 5 and up)
The magical girl Juniper grows up in medieval Cornwall surrounded by both beauty and harsh dangers.
1. Wise Child
Charlotte Haptie - THE KARMIDEE (grades 5 and up)
In the City of Trees live two sets of people: the Normal and the magical Karmidee. Young Otto always thought his family was normal, until he discovers that his librarian father is actually King of the Karmidee, his sisters can fly, and his grandmother can turn into a unicorn.
1. Otto and the Flying Twins
2. Otto and the Bird Charmers
Mary Hoffman - STRAVAGANZA (grades 5 and up)
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.
1. City of Masks
2. City of Stars
3. City of Flowers
Erin Hunter - WARRIORS (grades 6 and up)
A housecat finds that he is a brave warrior when he wanders into the forest where four clans of wild cats share power.
1. Into the Wild
2. Fire and Ice
3. Forest of Secrets
4. Rising Storm
5. A Dangerous Path
6. The Darkest Hour
Brian Jacques - THE REDWALL BOOKS (grades 5 and up)
The chronicles of a warrior mouse, terrible rats, and good badgers.
4. Mariel of Redwall
6. Martin the Warrior
7. The Bellmaker
8. Outcast of Redwall
9. Pearls of Lutra
10. The Long Patrol
12. The Legend of Luke
13. Lord Brocktree
17. Rakkety Tam
18. High Rhulain
1. Lord Brocktree
2. Martin the Warrior
4. The Legend of Luke
5. Outcast of Redwall
6. Mariel of Redwall
7. The Bellmaker
11. The Pearls of Lutra
12. The Long Patrol
17. Rakkety Tam
18. High Rhulain
Robin Jarvis - THE DEPTFORD MICE TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
A community of mice battle evil, sewer-dwelling rats.
1. The Dark Portal
2. The Crystal Prison
3. The Final Reckoning
THE DEPTFORD HISTORIES - Prequels to The Deptford Mice Trilogy.
1. The alchemist's cat
2. The Oaken Throne
Diana Wynne Jones - THE DALEMARK QUARTET (grades 5 and up)
The mythical Kingdom of Dalemark with warring earls and evil magicians.
1. Cart & Cwidder
2. Drowned Ammet
3. The Spellcoats
4. The Crown of Dalemark
Diana Wynne Jones - HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (grades 5 and up)
An enchanted girl, a moving castle, & a not-so-evil wizard.
1. Howl’s Moving Castle
2. Castle in the Air
3. House of Many Ways
Diana Wynne Jones - THE CHRONICLES OF CHRESTROMANCI (grades 5 and up)
The adventures of Chrestomanci, an English wizard with nine lives who has the responsibility of overseeing magic in every world.
1. Charmed Life
2. The Lives of Christopher Chant
3. The Magicians of Caprona
4. Witch Week
5. Conrad's Fate
6. The Pinhoe Egg
Derek Landy - SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT (grades 5 and up)
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
1. Skulduggery Pleasant
2. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire
3. The Faceless Ones
Jane Langton - THE HALL FAMILY CHRONICLES (grades 4 and up)
The Hall children of Massachusetts, who live in a house full of secrets from
the past, share mysterious and magical adventures.
1. The Diamond in the Window
2. The Swing in the Summerhouse
3. The Astonishing Stereoscope
4. The Fledgling
5. The Fragile Flag
6. The Time Bike
7. The Mysterious Circus
8. The Dragon Tree
Ursula LeGuin - THE EARTHSEA CYCLE (grades 5 and up)
A young boy becomes a great wizard in the fantasy world of Earthsea.
1. The Wizard of Earthsea
2. The Tombs of Atuan
3. The Farthest Shore
5. Tales from Earthsea
6. The Other Wind
Madeleine L’Engle - THE TIME QUARTET (grades 4 and up)
Classic fantasies in which three children travel through time and space to
save the people they love as well as to protect the world.
1. A Wrinkle in Time
2. A Wind in the Door
3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4. Many Waters
C. S. Lewis - THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (grades 4 and up)
Narnia, a land filled with talking animals and ruled by a mystic lion.
1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawntreader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magician’s Nephew
7. The Final Battle
- Chronological Order-
1. The Magician's Nephew
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3. The Horse and His Boy
4. Prince Caspian
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6. The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle
Anne McCaffrey - THE HARPERS HALL BOOKS (grades 5 and up)
On Pern, Mennolly finds fire lizards and becomes a harper against all odds.
Tom McGowan - THE AGE OF MAGIC TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
Trolls, dragons, and humans are enemies, but need to learn to cooperate.
1. The Magical Fellowship
2. A Trial of Magic
3. A Question of Magic
Robin McKinley - THE DAMAR BOOKS (grades 6 and up)
A girl enters Damar where magic rules both horses and people.
1. The Blue Sword
2. The Hero and the Crown
3. A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories
4. The Stone Fey
Eoin McNamee - THE NAVIGATOR (grades 5 and up)
Owen is not prepared for the knowledge that he has a mission to help the Wakeful, the custodians of time, to stop the Harsh from reversing the flow of time.
1. The Navigator
2. City of Time
3. The Frost Child
O. R. Melling - CHRONICLES OF FAERIE (grades 5 and up)
Two teenage cousins, one Irish, the other from the United States, set out to find a magic doorway to the Faraway Country, where humans must bow to the little people.
1. The Hunter's Moon
2. The Summer King
3. The Light-Bearer's Daughter
E. Nesbit - THE PSAMMEAD TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
Five children discover a sand-fairy - the Psammead—who grants one wish of theirs per day, with unexpected results.
1. Five Children and It
2. The Phoenix and the Carpet
3. The Story of the Amulet
Jenny Nimmo - CHILDREN OF THE RED KING (grades 4 and up)
At Bloor Academy, for the endowed descendants of the Red King, Charlie Bone, who can hear voices in pictures, encounters other students who have wizardly powers which some use for good and some for evil.
1. Midnight for Charlie Bone
2. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
3. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
4. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
5. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
6. Charlie Bone and the Beast
7. Charlie Bone and the Shadow
Garth Nix - THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY (grades 6 and up)
The daughter of a necromancer fights the powers of darkness in the land of Death
where she and her father are trapped in their battle to stop the dead who seek to return to the land of the living.
2. Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
Garth Nix - KEYS TO THE KINGDOM (grades 6 and up)
Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a mysterious key that causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. What is the secret of the key and the sinister man who will stop at nothing to get it back?
1. Mister Monday
2. Grim Tuesday
3. Drowned Wednesday
4. Sir Thursday
5. Lady Friday
6. Superior Saturday
7. Lord Sunday (not yet released)
Kenneth Oppel - SILVERWING (grades 5 and up)
A small bat becomes separated from his colony and tries to rejoin them as well as save them from marauding cannibal bats.
Kenneth Oppel - AIRBORN (grades 5 and up)
Aboard an airship, a boy and girl team up to search for the existence of mysteriousm winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Christopher Paolini - THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
A young farm boy’ s life is forever changed
when he finds a rare dragon’s egg and discovers that he and the hatchling are to
play a vital role together in the coming war between good and evil.
Tamora Pierce - SONG OF THE LIONESS QUARTET (grades 5 and up)
When Alanna switches places with her twin brother so she can train as a
knight, she feels that she has found her true calling. In her adventures she
also discovers a gift of magic and a strong desire to battle evil.
1. Alanna: The First Adventure
2. In the Hand of a Goddess
3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
4. Lioness Rampant: Song of the Lioness
Terry Pratchett - DISCWORLD / TIFFANY ACHING ADVENTURES (grades 6 and up)
As part of the Discworld series of fantasies written for adults, these books for children introduce Tiffany Aching, a witch-in-training, and her companions,
the blue, tattooed, 6-inch high Wee Free Men.
1. The Wee Free Men
2. A Hat Full of Sky
Philip Pullman - HIS DARK MATERIALS (grades 6 and up)
The epic fantasy of 2ordinary children in an extraordinary adventure in which they are in the midst of a battle between good and evil, armored bears, angels, flying witches and dust.
1. The Golden Compass
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass
Rick Riordan - PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (grades 6 and up)
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. 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.
1. The Lightning Thief
2. The Sea of Monsters
3. The Titan's Curse, The
4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
J. K. Rowling - THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS (grades 4 and up)
Harry Potter is an orphan living with his dreadful aunt and uncle until he
is sent to Hogwarts, a school for wizardry.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Margery Sharp - THE RESCUERS BOOKS (grades 4 and up)
The unforgettable Miss Bianca, Bernard, and the Mouse Prisoner’s Aid Society.
1. The Rescuers
2. Miss Bianca
3. The Turret
4. Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines
5. Miss Bianca in the Orient
6. Miss Bianca in the Antarctic
7. Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid
8. Bernard the Brave
9. Bernard Into Battle
10. The Rescuers Down Under
Sherwood Smith - THE WREN TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
All her life, Wren had hoped for an adventure, but, when she leaves the
orphanage, wicked beasts and magicians make her have second thoughts.
1. Wren to the Rescue
2. Wren’s Quest
3. Wren’s War
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell - THE EDGE CHRONICLES (grades 5 and up)
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 where he belongs.
1. Beyond the Deepwoods
3. Midnight Over Sanctaphrax
4. The Curse of the Gloamglozer
5. The Last of the Sky Pirates
8. Winter Knights
9. Clash of the Sky Galleons
Jonathan Stroud - THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
In London, a 12 year old magician summons a 5000 year old djinni (who provides some very funny narration) to steal an amulet and thus get revenge on a vicious magician.
1. The Amulet of Samarkand
2. The Golem's Eye
3. Ptolemy’s Gate
J. R. R. Tolkien - THE MIDDLE-EARTH BOOKS
The Hobbit (grades 4 and up)
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY (grades 6 and up)
The fate of Middle-Earth rests on the shoulders of the hobbit, Frodo.
1. The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Two Towers
3. The Return of the King
Elizabeth Winthrop - THE CASTLE BOOKS (grades 4 and up)
An ancient Roman coin sends a young boy back to the Middle Ages.
1. The Castle in the Attic
2. The Battle for the Castle
Patricia Wrede - ENCHANTED FOREST CHRONICLES (grades 6 and up)
Bored with palace life, a princess goes to live with the dragons and soon
becomes involved in the fight against disreputable wizards.
1. Dealing with Dragons
2. Searching for Dragons
3. Calling on Dragons
4. Talking to Dragons
Jane Yolen - THE YOUNG MERLIN TRILOGY (grades 5 and up)
An abandoned boy in Old England, lives alone in the forest, until tamed.
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