Fantasy Fiction (Grades 2-4)

Broach, Elise.  The Miniature World of Marvin & James.  J FIC Broach
When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

Burkhart, Jessica.  Unicorn Magic: Bella’s Birthday Unicorn.  J FIC Burkhart  (SERIES)
Excited to receive a pet unicorn on her eighth birthday, Princess Bella worries because her friends are fighting and her parents seem to be hiding something, which Bella fears might mean that she won’t get the unicorn of her dreams.

Butler, Dori Hillestad.  The Haunted Library.  J FIC Butler  (SERIES)
When his haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, Kaz befriends human Claire, who has the ability to see ghosts, and helps her investigate a haunting at the local library.

Etchemendy, Nancy.  The Power of Un.  J FIC Etchemendy
When he is given a device that will allow him to “undo” what has happened in the past, Gib Finney is not sure what event from the worst day in his life he should change in order to keep his sister from being hit by a truck.

Funke, Cornelia.  Emma and the Blue Genie.  J FIC Funke
Eight–year-old Emma and her little dog Tristan take a magic carpet ride to the distant land of Barakash to help a genie recover his stolen magical nose ring.

Funke, Cornelia.  Ruffleclaw.  J FIC Funke
Adopting a furry red monster that wants to live with his family, young Tommy has difficulties teaching his mess-making, shampoo-drinking new pet to behave.

Grahame, Kenneth.  The Open Road : From The Wind in the Willows. J FIC Grahame
Follows the adventures of the irrepressible Toad as he goes off in a horse-drawn caravan unwillingly accompanied by Rat and Mole.

Hunter, Mollie.  Day of the Unicorn.  J FIC Hunter
A young boy’s daydream transforms him into the fearless Sir Dauntless and he sets out to capture a unicorn that has magically escaped from a tapestry at Crag Castle.

Lacey, Josh.  The Dragonsitter.  J FIC Lacey
Disaster ensues when Eddie is asked to care for his uncle’s pet dragon while the latter takes a week-long vacation.

Luper, Eric.  The Mysterious Moonstone.  J FIC Luper  (Key Hunters SERIES)
When a friend disappears inside the pages of a secret collection of magical books, Cleo and Evan go undercover to track down clues about a stolen diamond and the missing key that will help them escape.  SEQUEL: The Spy’s Secret (2016).

Messner, Kate.  Rescue on the Oregon Trail.  (Ranger in Time SERIES)
Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels–but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.  SEQUEL: Danger in Ancient Rome (2015).

Primavera, Elise.  The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls.  J FIC Primavera
In order to save the town of Sherbet, four girls with very little in common become involved with some people and events that seem to bear a resemblance to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Rodda, Emily.  Rowan of Rin.  J Fic Rodda
Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak, and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.

Scieszka, Jon.  See You Later, Gladiator.  J FIC Scieszka
Joe, Fred, and Sam demonstrate some of their favorite professional wrestling moves, including the “Time Warp Trio Blind Ninja Smackdown,” when they’re transported to ancient Rome and forced to fight as gladiators in the Colosseum.

West, Tracey.  Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon.  JPB W  (Dragon Masters SERIES)
Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King’s soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo–and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.  SEQUELS: Saving the Sun Dragon (2014), Secret of the Water Dragon (2015) & Power of the Fire Dragon (2015).

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