Magic Fiction (Grades 4-6)

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.

Barrows, Annie.  The Magic Half.  J FIC Barrows
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.  SEQUELMagic in the Mix (2014).

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.

Black, Holly & Cassandra Clare.  The Iron Trial.  J FIC Black
Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.

DiCamillo, Kate.  The Magician’s Elephant.  JPB D
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

Egan, Kate.  The Vanishing Coin.  J FIC Egan
Mike reluctantly bonds with good-girl neighbor Nora while learning fun skills at The White Rabbit magic shop, the owner of which believes Mike could become a great magician.

Foxlee, Karen.  A Most Magical Girl.  J FIC Foxlee
When Annabel’s mother abruptly leaves her with her two mysterious aunts, she is thrust into a magical side of Victorian London she never knew existed and discovers that she is the key to saving it from an evil wizard bent on destroying all good magic.

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.

Harper, Charise.  Dreamer, Wisher, Liar.  J FIC Harper
Ashley’s summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.

Haydu, Corey Ann.  Rules for Stealing Stars.  J FIC Haydu
Four sisters rely on each other–and a bit of mysterious magic–to cope with their mother’s illness.

Lasky, Kathryn.  More Than Magic: Secret Friendship to the Rescue.  J FIC Lasky
Ryder always thought something special would happen when she turned eleven, and this year she misses her mom, who died several years ago, more than ever. Ryder’s parents created a cartoon show featuring an eleven year old hero named Rory. Then on Ryder’s eleventh birthday, Rory steps out of the screen–Rory needs help!

Lopez, Diana.  Nothing Up My Sleeve.  J FIC Lopez
When best friends Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon the new magic shop in town, they know just how they will spend their summer vacation–mastering cool tricks so they can gain further access into the secret world of magic.

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).

Mull, Brandon.  The Candy Shop War.  J FIC Mull  (Candy Shop Wars SERIES)
When fifth-graders Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that along with its benefits there are also dangerous consequences.  SEQUELArcade Catastrophe (2012).

Mull, Brandon.  Fablehaven.  J FIC Mull  (SERIES)
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.  SEQUELS: Rise of the Evening Star (2007), Grip of the Shadow Plague (2008), Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (2009), & Keys to the Demon Prison (2010).

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.

Pyron, Bobbie.  Lucky Strike.  J FIC Pyron
Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky–but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Bayou Magic.  J FIC Rhodes
Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.

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.

Winthrop, Elizabeth.  Castle in the Attic.  JPB W
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

Posted in Grades 4-6, Reading Lists.