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Science Fiction and Fantasy Favorites

For Young to Moderate Readers

The Great Castle Search by Jane Bingham (or visit Usborne Books and search on "Great Search")
Search through the detailed illustrations of life in a castle, and the people who lived there...
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
The Wizard of Oz Tik-Tok of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz The Scarecrow of Oz
Ozma of Oz Rinkitink in Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz The Lost Princess of Oz
Road to Oz The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Emerald City of Oz The Magic of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz Glinda of Oz
Little Wizard Stories of Oz The Royal Book of Oz
    or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition
    and of course, the movie on DVD The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition)
A century old, but still as enjoyable as ever!
by Bruce Coville...
My Teacher Is an Alien
Aliens Ate My Homework
My Teacher Fried My Brains
My Teacher Glows in the Dark
My Teacher Flunked the Planet
The new substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face -- and she realizes that "Mr. Smith" is really an alien...
Space Brat
Blork's Evil Twin
The Wrath of Squat (Space Brats 3)
Planet of the Dips
The Saber-Toothed Poodnoobie
Far away on the planet Splat lives a boy named Blork whose temper tantrums are nothing short of galactic in their scope. That is, until Blork discovers that tantrums do not ensure that he will always get his way and that, in fact, tantrums are a truly ugly sight...
Sarah's Unicorn by Bruce and Katherine Coville
Although Sarah tries to keep her friendship with Oakhorn a secret, her wicked-witch aunt finds out and is determined to rob the unicorn of his magic... (great introduction into fantasy for early readers)
Into the Land of the Unicorns: The Unicorn Chronicles
Song Of The Wanderer
Glory Of Unicorns
When Cara Hunter leaps from a church's bell tower clutching her grandmother's magic amulet, she falls into the land of Luster, home of the Dimblethum, delvers, dragons, the Squijum, and lots of unicorns. Since her grandmother told her to guard the amulet and to deliver an important message to the unicorn Queen, Cara embarks on a journey to her court. She is accompanied by her friends, chief among them Lightfoot, an adolescent unicorn...
by Michael Ende ...
The Neverending Story  
Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill...
Andrew Lost, by J.C. Greenburg
On the Dog In the Deep
In the Bathroom In Time
In the Kitchen On Earth
In the Garden With the Dinosaurs
Under Water In the Ice Age
In the Whale In the Garbage
On the Reef With the Bats
When Andrew’s latest invention, the Atom Sucker, goes haywire, Andrew and Judy are shrunk down to microscopic level! Andrew and Judy find themselves in all sorts of unusual places...
The Warriors, by Erin Hunter...
Warriors series: Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour
 For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But now the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying—and some deaths are more mysterious than others.  Into the midst of this turmoil comes an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all...
Also read the Warriors Field Guide: Secrets of the Clan
New Prophecy series: Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset
Darkness, air, water, and sky will come together... and shake the forest to its roots.  The next generation of warrior cats faces a peril that threatens the whole forest in this exciting spin–off series starring the children of the original Warriors heroes...
Power of Three series: The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse
The wild cats have flourished in their new home on the banks of the lake for several seasons, and the Clans are growing strong and healthy with new kits. The time has come for three kits of ThunderClan to become apprentices...
Special Editions: Firestar's Quest, Secrets of the Clan, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans
Firestar's Quest is a special edition novel written by Cherith Baldry of the Warriors series (Wikipedia entry) that takes place before Midnight and after The Darkest Hour...
Manga series: The Lost Warrior, Warrior's Refuge, Warrior's Return
Warriors is the story of a wild cat—a real one, as opposed to manga's usual teenaged human wearing a short skirt and kitty-cat ears—who's separated from his family and friends...
The Children of the Red King, by Jenny Nimmo...
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
Charlie Bone and The Castle Of Mirrors
Charlie Bone And The Hidden King
Charlie Bone and The Beast
Charlie Bone And The Shadow
When he is 10 years old, Charlie discovers that he is able to look at photographs and hear conversations and even thoughts that were taking place at the time the photo was taken, a legacy of his ancestor the Red King, whose descendants all have different magical abilities. Charlie hears one conversation that sets him on a search for a girl who has been missing for years...
by Daniel Pinkwater...
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Fat Men From Space
When Arthur Bobowicz is sent out to bring home the family's Thanksgiving turkey, he returns instead with Henrietta -- a 266-pound chicken with a mind of her own. Thus begins the hilarious chain of events...
5 Novels, including Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars; Slaves of the Spiegal; The Last Guru; Young Adult Novel; The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death
4 Fantastic Novels, including Borgel, Yobgorgle: Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario, The Worms of Kukumlima, and The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horro
Wacky comes to mind. Outrageous. Lively. Real. Unreal.
Maggie Stiefvater (and other authors, volumes 3-5)
Spirit Animals: Wild Born, Hunted, Blood Ties, Fire & Ice, Against the Tide and Special Edition: Tales of the Great Beasts - Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts -- a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children -- and the world -- have been changed forever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both...

For Moderate Readers

The Lost Years of Merlin, by T. A. Barron
The Lost Years of Merlin
The Seven Songs of Merlin
The Fires of Merlin
The Mirror of Merlin
The Wings of Merlin
The shadowy early years of Merlin's life, keeps readers turning the pages to see how it joins into the Arthurian legend...
Merlin's Dragon
Between The Lost Years of Merlin and Great Tree of Avalon, lives Basil, a lizard who sets out to find his identity.  A story infused with a sense of love and appreciation for the natural world, and dismay at the destructive forces that threaten it...
The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
The Field Guide The Ironwood Tree
The Seeing Stone The Wrath of Mulgrath
Lucinda's Secret  
Notebook for Fantastical Observations Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): Field Guide, Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, Ironwood Tree, Wrath of Mulgrave
The children move to an estate after their parents divorce, and discover an evil secret involving unfriendly elves, that puts the kids at risk.  Well written, and full of wry humor, a good next series after Lemony Snicket.  The stories are a bit dark, but not gory.  Coping with giftedness is an underlying theme.  Animal lovers may be offended
Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
The Nixie's Song  
Leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.  But an "expedition"...
Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
The Arctic Incident
The Eternity Code
The Opal Deception
The Lost Colony
The Time Paradox
The Artemis Fowl Files companion book, including two short stories
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairy folk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense.  A well-written, sophisticated, rough 'n' tumble storytelling with enough high-octane attitude to make it a seriously cool read for anyone...
House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
House of Secrets
House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts
Siblings Brendan, Eleanor and Cordelia Walker once had everything they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job.  Now the family must relocate to an old Victorian house, formerly the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff--a house that simultaneously feels creepy and too good to be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid...
by Sarah Beth Durst
Into the Wild and the sequel, Out of the Wild
What happens when fairy tale characters escape the wild, live among us, and have a daughter here?  12-year-old Julie finds out when the wild is wished free again, and things get really crazy...  A well-written story with a great heroine and a touch of sarcasm
by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath
When Maggie's dad reads from books, he brings the characters to life... literally.  Amazing adventures follow...
Dragon Rider (or from Amazon UK)
A brave young dragon called Firedrake embarks upon a dangerous journey to the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas--a magical place where silver dragons can rest easy, free from the threat of destruction by mankind and their only hope of sanctuary...
Shadow Children, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden Among the Barons
Among the Impostors Among the Brave
Among the Betrayed Among the Enemy
Shadow Children (Box Set): Hidden; Impostors; Betrayed; Barons
Born third at a time when having more than two children per family is illegal and subject to seizure and punishment by the Population Police, Luke has spent all of his 12 years in hiding. His parents disobeyed once by having him and are determined not to do anything unlawful again. At first the woods around his family's farm are thick enough to conceal him when he plays and works outdoors, but when the government develops some of that land for housing, his world narrows...
by Eva Ibbotson
Which Witch?
Arriman the Awful, Loather of Light and Wizard of the North, needs a wife. The problem is, wizards can only marry one kind of person--a witch. Arriman dreads the thought. "A great black crone with warts and blisters in unmentionable places from crashing about on her broom! You want me to sit opposite one of those every morning eating my cornflakes?" But a witch it must be, so Arriman holds a contest to decide which witch...
The Secret of Platform 13
The door between our world and the enchanted Island is only open for nine days every nine years. Unfortunately, in the last minutes before it closes in 1983, the baby prince of the Island is kidnapped by a nasty woman named Trottle. For nine long years, the king and queen pine and plan for his rescue...
The Haunting of Granite Falls  
When Hiram C. Hopgood purchases a Scottish castle, called Castle Cara, for his daughter, Helen, and has it shipped back to Texas, he has no idea that he has also acquired a coterie of ghosts that have lived in the castle for hundreds of years...
by Catherine Jinks
Evil Genius
A genius IQ, hacking into computers by age 7, grooming for world domination by age 14... sound like anyone we know? A complex tale, fun to read...
Children of the Lamp, by P. B. Kerr
The Akhenaten Adventure The Blue Djinn Of Babylon
John and Philippa Gaunt, twelve-year-old twins who have recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn and in possession of magical powers, have extraordinary adventures ...
Guardians of Ga'Hoole, by Kathryn Lasky
The Capture The Journey The Rescue
The Siege The Shattering The Burning
A young Barn Owl named Soren lives peacefully with his family, participating in rituals, and enjoying legends about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, knightly owls "who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds." After he falls from his nest, he is captured by evil chick-snatching owls and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Soren and his new friend Gylfie work to develop strategies for withstanding "moon blinking" (brainwashing), while secretly striving to learn how to fly. The legends of Ga'Hoole help them to survive, and they are able to escape to find their families and warn the world...
The Pendragon Cycle, by Stephen Lawhead
An account of the Arthur legend, and weaving in the story of Atlantis...
by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Everyone in town thinks Meg Murry is volatile and dull-witted, and that her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. People are also saying that their physicist father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors and an unearthly stranger, the tesseract-touting Mrs Whatsit, Meg and Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin O'Keefe embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father... (gifted of all ages, mildly scary parts)
The Princess Tales, by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally."
The Fairy's Mistake Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep
The Princess Test Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep The Princess Tales, Volume I
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill The Princess Tales, Volume 2
For Biddle's Sake The Wish
The Fairy's Return Dave at Night
The Two Princesses of Bamarre  
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, Harper Hall Trilogy
The Harper Hall Trilogy is the "children's" trilogy; other books in the Dragonriders of Pern series are quite popular with older gifted children and adults
Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix...
Mister Monday
Grim Tuesday
Drowned Wednesday
Sir Thursday
Lady Friday
Superior Saturday
Arthur Penhaligon's school year is not off to a good start. On his first day, he suffers an asthma attack while running cross country and dreams that a mysterious figure hands him a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. However, when he wakes up, he still has the key. That's when strange things begin to happen...
The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix...
The Fall
Above the Veil
Into Battle
The Violet Keystone
Tal lives high above, in a mountaintop castle where light is the ultimate commodity, the spirit world is the only escape and isolation from the outside world is complete. He does not think to question his world. He does not dare to dream of anything else. Then one day he tries to steal a sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's safety. The attempt fails, and Tal falls from the Castle, straight into the unknown...
Discworld, for the young reader, by Terry Pratchett
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents  
The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable  
Discworld illustrated novels, for the young reader!
The Bromeliad, or Gnomes trilogy by Terry Pratchett (originally available from Amazon.co.uk)
Truckers (or from Amazon.uk Truckers)
Diggers (or from Amazon.uk Diggers)
Wings (or from Amazon.uk Wings)
(or The Bromeliad Trilogy box set)
Every bit as funny as his other books, they concern a group of gnomes living in our world (initially in a department store that is about to be demolished, but they follow onto their efforts to return to where they really came from)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
Good Omens (or from Amazon.uk Good Omens)
A cynically humorous account of the Biblical Apocalypse (as such, Good Omens could cause concern for some people's religious beliefs - people may feel that this is too serious a matter to be treated humorously)
Johnny Maxwell series by Terry Pratchett
Only You Can Save Mankind (or from Amazon.uk Only You Can Save Mankind)
Johnny and the Dead (or from Amazon.uk Johnny and the Dead)
Johnny and the Bomb (or from Amazon.uk Johnny and the Bomb)
Stories of a fairly normal boy (and his friends) who have very abnormal things happen.  The first two books in this series have a highly gifted girl as one of the main supporting characters.  Most people see Kirsty/Sigourney only as gifted (IQ 165) and a high achiever - through the books, we get to see that there's a lot more to her...
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief (or from Amazon.uk The Lightning Thief)
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
At first glance, Perseus Jackson seems like a loser (readers meet him at a boarding school for troubled youth), but he's really the son of a god and a mortal woman. As he discovers his heritage, he also loses that mother and falls into mortal danger. The gods (still very active in the 21st-century world) are about to go to war over a lost thunderbolt, so Percy and sidekicks Grover and Annabeth set out to retrieve it...
by Emily Rodda
Deltora Quest
The Forests Of Silence Dread Mountain
The Lake Of Tears The Maze Of The Beast
City of the Rats The Valley of the Lost
The Shifting Sands Return to Del
On his sixteenth birthday, Lief, the son of a blacksmith, faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in all of Deltora to find the seven magical gems stolen from the Belt of Deltora...
Deltora Shadowlands
Cavern Of Fear The Shadowlands
The Isle Of Illusion Deltora Book Of Monsters
Evil still reigns in the Shadowlands of Deltora. Lief, Barda, and Jasmine join forces again to find a weapon powerful enough to defeat the shadow lord in his own realm...
Dragons of Deltora
Dragon's Nest Isle of the Dead
Shadowgate Sister Of The South
The evil Shadow Lord has been banished, but famine still stalks Deltora, and only monsters thrive. As the starving people weaken, Lief, Jasmine and Barda discover a terrible secret...
Rowan of Rin
Rowan of Rin Rowan and the Zebak
Rowan and the Travelers Rowan and the Ice Creepers
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal  
To the sturdy villagers of Rin the boy Rowan is a timid weakling, the most disappointing child ever. Yet, incredibly, it is his help they need when the stream that flows from the top of the Mountain dries up...
by William Sleator
The Last Universe
After a brief introduction to the uncertainty of quantum mechanics, the paradox of Schrodinger's cat, and the possibility of infinite universes, Sleator launches into a story inspired by these ideas. Fourteen-year-old Susan feels burdened by her parents' expectation that she will provide help and companionship for her older brother, Gary, an invalid who is wheelchair-bound and becoming progressively weaker. Exploring their large garden, they discover that entering the often-invisible maze at its center will enable them to travel to other times and even different versions of the present reality
The Boy Who Couldn't Die (more horror than sci-fi)
just-for-fun creepy adventure, with a plot based on Hollywood-style voodoo lore
The Boy Who Reversed Himself
sometimes not-so-average teenagers facing the physical and mathematical absurdities of our universe
Interstellar Pig and Parasite Pig
a boy's addiction to the eponymous game played by the odd trio next door
16-year-old twins Harry and Barry stumble across a gateway to another universe, where a distortion in time and space causes a dramatic change in their competitive relationship
The House of Stairs
chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction...
The Edge Chronicles, by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Beyond the Deepwoods Last of the Sky Pirates
Stormchaser Vox
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax Freeglader
The Curse of the Gloamglozer The Winter Knights
Clash of the Sky Galleons  
An un-traditional coming-of-age story, the Edge Chronicles begins with Beyond the Deepwoods, in which our put-upon protagonist, Twig (a misplaced human boy who's being raised by woodtrolls) gets a hint of his true heritage, sheds his Deepwoods upbringing, and does the unthinkable: He strays from the path.
by Mark Twain!
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (free for Kindle!)
The hit on the head that sent protagonist Hank Morgan back through 13 centuries did not affect his natural resourcefulness. Using his knowledge of an upcoming eclipse, Hank escapes a death sentence, and secures an important position at court. Gradually, he introduces 19th century technology so the clever Morgan soon has an easy life. That does not stop him from making disparaging, tongue-in-cheek remarks about the inequalities and imperfections of life in Camelot...
H. G. Wells classic science fiction...
The Invisible Man
The Time Machine
War of the Worlds
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Dealing With Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Calling on Dragons
Talking to Dragons
Book of Enchantments - short stories featuring Princess Cimarone
Boxed set of Books 1-4
Cimorene, princess of Linderwall, is a classic tomboy heroine with classic tomboy strengths--all of which are perceived by those around her as defects...

Pre-teen Readers

These three series were written by three friends, members of the same Oxford writing group...
Read the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein in this order, due to increasing level of context complexity
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
Taran Wanderer
The High King
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain A companion book of short stories of Prydain
Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil
Star Man's Son by CC Archambeault
Star Man's Son
Star Man's Son: Discovery
Star Man's Son: Rescue
Born into a devastated world, a boy's destiny is about to take a new direction. Rescued from starvation by the Star People, who have come to save his planet, he embarks on a journey that will forever change the course of his life. Did he make the right choice? Adventures with Karlson and his friends, Jeremy and Viveen...
Spellwright by Blake Charlton Recommended
The story of a young man searching for his place in the world. Would-be spellwright (i.e., wizard) Nicodemus Weal may be the only person able to prevent a magical apocalypse. Or maybe he’ll bring about the end of magic. He desperately wants to become a wizard but has a big problem: he’s a cacographer. For Nico, anything he touches is instantly misspelled, and when this happens with magical texts, the consequences can be deadly...
Chronicles of Narnia (boxed set of 7) by C.S. Lewis
Four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (boxed set of all 4) by J.R.R. Tolkein
Hobbits are small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel (easier reading) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (much more difficult reading), the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into mighty conflicts...
Douglas Adams... Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy (series of 5 books)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
Join hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue...
Or get them all together, leather bound with gilt edges, in the Hitchhiker's "bible" The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story

Green Rider series, by Kristen Britain
Green Rider
First Rider's Call
The High King's Tomb: Book Three of Green Rider
Young heroine Karigan hardly has time to regret being expelled from school (for dueling) before finding herself committed to the desperate errand of a murdered Green Rider. The Riders are an elite messenger corps using both horses and magic; the message is a terrible warning. Bad things from bad places are invading this fantasyland...
The Order of the Stick series, by Rich Burlew
Order of the Stick Volume -1: Start of Darkness
Order Of The Stick Volume 0: On The Origin Of PCs
Order Of The Stick Volume 1: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools
The Order of the Stick Volume 2: No Cure for the Paladin Blues
A comedic fantasy webcomic based on pencil and paper roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, and its accompanying system, d20.  The world the characters inhabit is similar to that depicted in Dungeons & Dragons, complete with functional magic and monsters. A significant portion of the humor of the strip is based on the characters being aware of the game rules which govern their lives... very popular with young D&D fans!
By Michael Chabon...
A gifted child's review... "The book involves other dimensions, but characters must travel to them using special methods. It really gets you to thinking: Even though our universe may be infinite, could it just be a tiny part of something big?"
The Dark Is Rising series, by Susan Cooper
Over Sea, Under Stone (or unabridged audio)
The Dark Is Rising (or unabridged audio)
Greenwitch (or unabridged audio)
The Grey King (or unabridged audio)
Silver on the Tree (or unabridged audio)
The Dark Is Rising Sequence (boxed paperback set)
The Drew children find an old map in a hidden room while summering at the Grey House in Cornwall. Along with their Great-Uncle Merry, they become embroiled in a web of intrigue that surrounds an Arthurian legend.  (great for gifted children of all ages)
Young Wizard series, by Diane Duane
So You Want to Be a Wizard
Deep Wizardry
High Wizardry
The Wizards Dilemma
A Wizard Abroad

Alan Dean Foster
The Taken Trilogy: Lost and Found, The Light-years Beneath My Feet, and The Candle of Distant Earth
Marcus Walker, a Chicago commodities broker, and George, a talking dog, fall victim to the seven-foot Vilenjji, who roam outer space and snatch specimens from various backward planets to sell as novelty pets to wealthy clients. Marc and George are the only Earth samples in the vast traveling zoo en route to an undisclosed alien marketplace...
Monica Furlong
Wise Child - about a young girl's apprenticeship to a "good" witch, set in the British Isles soon after King Arthur's time
Juniper - the prequel, but read it second...

Robert A. Heinlein (see more titles in Young Adult)
Starman Jones - the stories Heinlein wrote for serialization in boy scout magazines, later published as books
Have space suit - will travel - Teenager Kip Russell, infatuated with the idea of traveling to the Moon, enters a contest to win such an opportunity...
Glory road - Heinlein's one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it...
The Door into Summer - the quintessential time travel paradox story...

Mary Hoffman
Stravaganza: City of Masks
Stravaganza: City of Stars
Stravaganza: City of Flowers
In this trilogy, a teen stricken with brain cancer who travels between two worlds. In modern-day London, Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments, but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him, he is transported, or "stravagated," to an enchanting 16th-century Venice-like city called Bellezza, in the country Talia. Lucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again. In this colorful other world, rich with court intrigues and magic, he feels vibrantly alive, as opposed to his pain-ridden days back in England

Brian Jacques' Redwall Series:
Mossflower takes place before Redwall
Mariel of Redwall
Martin the Warrior set prior to Mossflower
The Bellmaker
Outcast of Redwall
The Pearls of Lutra
Redwall: The Graphic Novel (for beginners only)
An epic adventure with a mouse for a hero and a rat for a villain; these mammals take their quest seriously, and author Brian Jacques narrates his tale with all the drama and passion of an old-time storyteller
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, by Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant
The Magicians of Caprona / Witch Week
Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini
Fantasy by a gifted teen author, The Inheritance Cycle...

by Tamora Pierce
Four children from different walks of life come to Winding Circle, a temple community where for different reasons they are sent to Discipline, a smaller cottage in which they gradually come to know and trust one another and, more importantly, to know themselves and discover their own magical abilities... (Pierce's only quartet for younger readers)
Circle of Magic - Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, Daja's Book, Briar's Book

Harry Potter! by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Audio CD read by the incomparable Jim Dale!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or Audio CD
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Audio CD
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or Audio CD
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or Audio CD
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or Audio CD
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or Audio CD
Wonderful, magical tales, for the child through the adult (me!).  Be aware that as Harry gets older, the tales get darker - it's best to read them annually, as your child ages, or pre-read the later ones or read them with your child
The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Golem's Eye
Ptolemy's Gate
or purchase Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set (hardcover)
Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny"...
by H. G. Wells
The Time Machine
The War of the Worlds
The Invisible Man
The Island of Dr. Moreau
or purchase Five Great Science Fiction Novels (Thrift Edition)
Complete Short Stories of H. G. Wells
The Pit Dragon trilogy, by Jane Yolen
Dragon's Blood
Heart's Blood
A Sending of Dragons
(or The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volumes 1-3: Boxed Set)
Also by Jane Yolen...
Sister Light, Sister Dark

Young Adult Readers - these titles may have more adult themes and implications

The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony:
A Spell for Chameleon The Source of Magic
Castle Roogna Centaur Aisle
Ogre, Ogre Night Mare
Dragon on a Pedestal Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn
Golem in the Gears Vale of the Vole
Heaven Cent Source of Magic
Isle of View Question Quest
The Color of Her Panties Geis of the Gargoyle
Harpy Thyme Roc and a Hard Place
Demons Don't Dream Yon Ill Wind
Faun & Games Zombie Lover
Xone of Contention The Dastard
Swell Foop Up In a Heaval
Cube Route Currant Events
Pet Peeve Stork Naked
Piers Anthony's Visual Guide to Xanth
Xanth is an enchanted land where magic rules -- every citizen had a special spell only he can cast. They're pun for the whole family! (some mild sexual innuendo)
Incarnations of Immortality, by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse Bearing an Hourglass
With a Tangled Skein Wielding a Red Sword
Being a Green Mother For Love of Evil
And Eternity  
In the battle between good and evil, many skirmishes are fought. Will mortality be defeated?  Will good be victorious over Satan and evil?
Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Falling Free
Cordelia's Honor
Young Miles
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
Miles Errant
Miles in Love
Miles, Mutants and Microbes
The life and times of  Miles Vorkosigan, a physically disabled aristocrat from the planet Barrayar whose life (from before birth), military career, and post-military career is a challenge to his native planet's prejudices against "mutants"...
Emma Bull creates a new genre: rock & rollin' fantasies
War for the Oakes by Emma Bull
Intelligent and skillfully written, with sharply drawn, sympathetic characters, War for the Oaks is about love and loyalty, life and death, and creativity and sacrifice
Orson Scott Card's Enders series(es)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender Wiggin is a pre-teen, a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... (gifted pre-teen to teen)
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
A parallel novel to Ender's Game, from the perspective of Bean; begins the "Shadow" side of this popular series, the rest of the Shadow series takes places between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
    or purchase the first three "Shadow" books as a set: Ender's Game Boxed Set
Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
These next books are the continuation of the Ender's Game series, from Ender's perspective - a bit tougher / older reading material
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
Set between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, this new title fills in the missing years, with Ender struggling to make his way in the world while being hailed both a hero and a villain for his role in the death of a civilization.  Interesting ethical ramifications...
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Sequel to Ender's Game, this begins a "tougher" series of books (for the gifted teen)
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
Harlan Ellison
Troublemakers - a collection of Ellison's classic stories, with "the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind"

Seafort Saga, by David Feintuch
A series depicting the career of interstellar naval officer Nick Seafort thrusts the inexperienced midshipman unexpectedly into a position of command, where the fate of an entire spaceship of colonists rests in his hands.  Presents thoughtful questions and moral dilemmas...
Midshipman's Hope Voices of Hope
Challenger's Hope Patriarch's Hope
Prisoner's Hope Children of Hope
Fisherman's Hope  
Robert A. Heinlein (see more titles in Pre-teen)
Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children - some of Heinlein's earlier works...
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - tale of revolution on the moon in 2076, where "Loonies" are kept poor and oppressed by an Earth-based Authority that turns huge profits at their expense...
Tunnel in the sky - What was to have been a standard ten-day survival test had suddenly become an indefinite life-or-death nightmare.  Now they were stranded somewhere in the universe...
Orphans of the sky - a ship drifting through the currents of space as a microcosm of society, complete with class struggles, politics, and love and family...
Citizen of the Galaxy - In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But his new owner is not what he appears to be...
Job: A Comedy of Justice - After he fire-walked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alec knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near...
Expanded Universe - an interesting alternate view of Heinlein's writing including many stories not featured in other anthologies, with some of his nonfiction opinions interspersed...

Valdemar, by Mercedes Lackey
Mage Wars - The Black Gryphon The White Gryphon, The Silver Gryphon
The Last Herald-Mage Series - Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, Magic's Price
Brightly Burning
Vows and Honor - The Oathbound, Oathbreakers, Oathblood
Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief
The Heralds of Valdemar - Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, Arrow's Fall (Lackey's first trilogy)
The Mage Winds - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, Winds of Fury
The Mage Storms - Storm Warning, Storm Rising, Storm Breaking
Valdemar, Darian's Tale - Owlflight, Owlsight, Owlknight
By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale)
Valdemar Companion
Trilogies in a magic land, strong male and female characters coming of age (young adult themes, including homosexuality)
Also by Mercedes Lackey
with Andre Norton, The Halfblood Chronicles - The Elvenbane, Elvenblood, Elvenborn
Bardic Voices: The Lark and the Wren, The Robin and the Kestrel , A Cast of Corbies, The Eagle and the Nightengale
More great novels by Mercedes Lackey
by Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness quartet - AlannaIn the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant (or Song of the Lioness Box Set)
The Immortals - Wild Magic, Wolf Speaker, Emperor Mage, Realms of the Gods (or Immortals Box Set)
Protector of the Small - First Test, Page, Squire, Lady Knight
Daughter of the Lioness - Trickster's Choice, Trickster's Queen
Circle of Magic - Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, Daja's Book, Briar's Book
The Circle Opens - Magic Steps, Street Magic, Cold Fire, Shatterglass
The Circle Reforged - The Will of the Empress
Great quartets of fantasy, most featuring the same terrific female and male lead characters as they grow... (young adult themes, except Circle of Magic - about their lives as kids)
Discworld, by Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites Mort
Sourcery Wyrd Sisters
Pyramids Guards! Guards!
Eric Moving Pictures
Reaper Man Witches Abroad
Small Gods Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms Soul Music
Interesting Times Maskerade
Feet of Clay Hogfather
Jingo The Last Continent
Carpe Jugulum The Fifth Elephant
The Truth Thief of Time
Night Watch Monstrous Regiment
Going Postal Thud! and companion book Where's My Cow?
An imaginary world, full of humor, parody and fun!
His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass 
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass
or purchase the box set: His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver (or on Kindle) - For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again... Followed by two more titles, Linger and Forever. Or purchase the Shiver Trilogy
Sinner (or on Kindle) a spin-off of the Shiver series - Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get back Isabel Culpeper. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.
The Scorpio Races (or on Kindle) - Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain And the next two in the Raven series, The Raven Boys (or on Kindle), and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (or on Kindle) ...
Kurt Vonnegut
Sirens of Titan - The richest and most depraved man on Earth takes a wild space journey to distant worlds, learning about the purpose of human life along the way...
by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies, The Collector's Set: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty... Excellent stories for kids and adults alike -- you might even read them together!

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