Fantasy Fiction – Modern (Grades 4-6)

Abouzeid, Chris.   Anatopsis. J FIC Abouzeid
Immortal Princess Anatopsis’s new tutor, the demi-god Mr. Pound, is searching for a relic that grants unlimited power to its bearer. It is up to Ana–with the help of a surprising gift, a rebel mortal army, a shockingly powerful metal, and the last dog in the Universe–to stop his evil plan in this fantasy, influenced by Greek mythology.

Anders, Lou.  Frostborn.  J FIC Anders
Destined to take over his family farm in Norrøngard, Karn would rather play the board game, Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and more.

Auxier, Jonathan.  Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes J FIC Auxier
When 10-year-old Peter Nimble, a blind orphan, discovers a magical pair of eyes, he is magically transported to a hidden island where he is asked to travel beyond the known world and rescue a lost kingdom from its evil ruler. SEQUEL: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (2016).

Banks, Angelica.  Finding Serendipity.  J FIC Banks
When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog Baxterr discover that Tuesday’s mother–the famous author Serendipity Smith–has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from.

Baucom, Ian.  Through the Skylight: A Venice Tale.  J FIC Baucom
Living temporarily in Venice, three American siblings uncover a mystery surrounding magical objects, an Arabian Nights book, and animals that can walk in and out of paintings.

Beasley, Cassie.  Circus Mirandus.  J FIC Beasley
When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus–and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life.

Breitrose, Prudence.  Mousenet.  J FIC Breitrose
Sent to live with her chef father and his wife in Oregon after having stayed with her inventor uncle and scientist mother in Cincinnati, ten-year-old misfit Megan is lonely until she starts working with some computer-savvy mice to try to save Mouse Nation–and the planet.

Bosch, Pseudonymous.  Bad Magic.  J FIC Bosch
Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic.

Catling, Patrick. The Chocolate Touch.  JPB C
A Mida-story variation in which a boy turns his mother into chocolate.

Chick, Brian.  The Secret Zoo.  J FIC Chick (SERIES)
Noah and his friends follow a trail of mysterious clues to uncover a secret behind the walls of the Clarksville City Zoo–a secret that must be protected at all costs.

Colfer, Chris.  The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.  J FIC Colfer (SERIES)
Through the powers of a book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. SEQUELS: The Enchantress Returns (2013), A Grimm Warning (2014), Beyond the Kingdoms (2015).

Columbus, Chris & Vizzini, Ned.  House of Secrets.  J FIC Columbus  (SERIES)
Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magicSEQUEL: Battle of the Beasts (2014)

Coville, Bruce.  The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie.  J FIC Coville
Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

De Los Santos, Marisa.  Saving Lucas Biggs.  J FIC De Los Santos
When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, she knows the only way to save him is to use the forbidden family power of time travel.

DiCamillo, Kate.  Flora & Ulysses.  J FIC DiCamillo
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Durst, Sarah Beth.  The Girl Who Could Not Dream.  J FIC Durst
Sophie’s parents run a secret shop where dreams are bought and sold. When Sophie dreams, her dreams become real, so she is forbidden to have any. Sinister events are set in motion when she is accidentally seen by one of her parents’ customers, and it’s up to Sophie to save her family.

Forward, Toby.  Dragonborn.  J FIC Forward (SERIES)
The great wizard Flaxfield’s death leaves his twelve-year-old apprentice Sam half-trained, but when other wizards gather and debate his fate Sam, not knowing whom to trust, leaves with only his dragon, Starback, for company, unaware of the perils he must face. SEQUEL: Fireborn (2013) & Doubleborn (2015).

Frederick, Heather Vogel.  Once Upon a Toad.  J FIC Frederick
When her mother goes on a NASA mission, Cat Starr is sent to live with her father, stepsister Olivia, and younger brother Geoffrey, but interference by her inept fairy godmother causes toads to appear when Cat speaks and gems to fall from Olivia’s mouth,bringing one to the attention of jewel thieves and the other to a secret government laboratory.

Fry, Erin.  Secrets of the Book.  J FIC Fry
Sixth-grader Spencer Lemon has no idea why he was chosen to protect Pandora’s Book, a book that contains famous dead people who can be brought back to life. Soon he discovers there are other people interested in the book, people who may have evil intentions, and it’s up to Spencer and his friends to protect the book and save the world.

Galvin, Michael B.  Rebels of the Lamp.  J FIC Galvin
Parker Quarry is only twelve years old, and he’s about to enter a war that has been brewing for centuries. When his mother sends him to New Hampshire to stay with his cousin, Theo, Parker expects to be bored out of his mind. But then he stumbles across an ancient container–with a real genie inside–and life for Parker gets way more exciting. But there are those who seek to unleash the devastating power of the genies onto the world, and he may be humanity’s only hope at surviving.

Haskell, Merrie.  The Princess Curse.  J FIC Haskell
Thirteen-year-old Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice in the Middle Ages, attempts to break the mysterious curse on the princesses of Sylvania and instead discovers a door to the Underworld. Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Healy, Christopher.  The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  J FIC Healy  (League of Princes SERIES)
The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdomSEQUELS: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle (2013) & The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (2014).

Jocelyn, Marthe.  Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book.  J FIC Jocelyn
When chubby, geeky Wylder Wallace spills lunch on cool and aloof Addy Crowe at Toronto’s Comicon, she dashes to the bathroom, leaving behind the latest issue of her uncle’s steampunk comic hit. Wylder, a fan of the Flynn Goster comics, opens this new one eagerly, astounded to see the girl who was just yelling at him inside the comic. Fascinated, he follows Addy into the bathroom and the adventure begins.

Jonell, Lynne.  Sign of the Cat.  J FIC Jonell
Duncan, eleven, is very smart with the rare ability to speak Cat, but his mother has always insisted he appear only average, and when a perfect test score draws attention to him, he not only discovers the wisdom of his mother’s rules, he finds himself crossing the seas on a quest for his true identity.

King, Caro.  Seven Sorcerers.  J FIC King
When eleven-year-old Nin Redfern wakes up one rainy Wednesday morning to discover that her younger brother has ceased to exist, she must venture into a magical land called the Drift where she grapples with bogeymen, tombfolk, mudmen, and the spirits of sorcerers to try and rescue him. SEQUEL: Shadow Spell (2012).

Kirby, Matthew J.  The Clockwork Three.  J FIC Kirby
As mysterious circumstances bring Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah together, their lives soon interlock like the turning gears in a clock and they realize that each one holds a key to solving the others’ mysteries.

Knudsen, Michelle.  The Dragon of Trelian.  J FIC Knudsen
A mage’s apprentice, a princess, and a dragon combine their strength and magic to bring down a traitor and restore peace to the kingdom of Trelian.  SEQUELS: The Princess of Trelain (2012) & Mage of Trelian (2016).

MacKenzie, Ross.  Zac and the Dream Stealers.  J FIC MacKenzie
Eleven-year-old Zac follows his grandmother into the magical world of dreams called Nocturne, where Dream Pirates led by Shadow are spreading dark magic that creates nightmares, and it is up to Zac and new friends to foil the evil plan.

Mlynowski, Sarah, Myracle, Lauren & Jenkins, Emily.  Upside-Down Magic.  J FIC Mlynowski  (SERIES)
With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.  SEQUEL: Sticks & Stones (2016).

Nesbet, Anne.  The Wrinkled Crown.  J FIC Nesbet
Twelve-year-old Linny embarks on an epic quest to save her best friend and discovers that she is the link between the magical and logical halves of her world.

Northrop, Michael.  Book of the Dead.  J FIC Northrop
When Alex Sennefer’s mother uses the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring her son from the brink of dying, she also brings back five Death Walkers, leaving Alex and his best friend to find his mother and save the world.

Oppel, Kenneth.  The Boundless.  J FIC Oppel
Accidentally acquiring the key to a train car containing a priceless treasure, young Will Everett is targeted by sinister figures from his past and must enlist the help of members of a traveling circus in order to survive.

Park, Linda Sue.  Forest of Wonders.  J FIC Park
When Raffa makes a cure from a rare crimson vine he finds deep in the forbidden forest, the bat he saves transforms into something much more.

Patten, E.J. Return to Exile.  J FIC Patten (SERIES)
On the eve of his twelfth birthday, Sky, who has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, realizes his destiny as a monster hunter.

Riley, James.  Half Upon a Time.  J FIC Riley (SERIES)
In the village of Giant’s Hand Jack’s grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her. SEQUELS: Twice Upon a Time (2012) & Once Upon the End (2013).

Riley, James.  Story Thieves.  J FIC Riley
Except for reading the Kiel Gnomen foot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Ryan, Carrie & Davis, J.P.  The Map to Everywhere.  J FIC Ryan
Twelve-year-old Fin, a master thief from the pirate world of Khaznot Quay, and Marrill, also twelve, of Arizona, cross paths in the magical world of the Pirate Stream while on a quest for a mysterious map.

Saunders, Kate.  Beswitched.  J FIC Saunders
On her way, reluctantly, to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in 1935, the new girl at St. Winifred’s, having been summoned via a magic spell by her new dormitory mates.

Segel, Jason & Miller, Kirsten.  Nightmares!  J FIC Segel
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it’s too late.

Smith, Jennifer E.  The Storm Makers.  J FIC Smith
Twelve-year-olds Ruby and Simon have been growing apart since their parents moved them to a Wisconsin farm, but weird weather events that seem tied to Simon’s emotions bring a stranger into their lives who introduces them to the Makers of Storms Society, strengthening the bond between the twins.

Stiefvater, Maggie.  Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures.  J FIC Stiefvater
Possessing an ability to talk with magical creatures (such as griffins, unicorns and fuzzles), Pip uses her talent to update a magic reference book and investigate a fuzzles invasion in spite of her friend Tomas’ allergies.

Sutherland, Kari & Sutherland, Tui.  The Menagerie.  J FIC Sutherland
Six griffin cubs escape from a menagerie of mythical creatures and it is up to Logan and Zoe to find them and figure out who is trying to sabotage the Menagerie.

Valente, Catherynne.  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.  J FIC Valente  (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old September’s ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods. SEQUEL: The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012).

Vance, Alexander P.  Behind the Canvas.  J FIC Vance
Discovering that she has the ability to enter into the worlds depicted in famous paintings, Claudia endeavors to save a Dutch boy named Pim who has been trapped behind the canvas for centuries by a power-hungry witch.

Vernon, Ursula.  Castle Hangnail.  J FIC Vernon
When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.

Wilson, Nathan D.  100 Cupboards. J FIC Wilson  (SERIES)
After his parents are kidnapped, timid twelve-year-old Henry York leaves his sheltered Boston life and moves to small-town Kansas, where he and his cousin Henrietta discover and explore hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open onto other worlds.

Yep, Lawrence.  A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans.  J FIC Yep
A first entry in a whimsical series, co-written by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Dragonwings, shares the observations of crusty dragon Miss Drake, who works diligently to train her young human while navigating community challenges.

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