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Science Fiction and Fantasy Favorites
For Young to Moderate Readers
A century old, but still as enjoyable as ever!
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
by Bruce Coville...
Teacher Is an Alien
Ate My Homework
Teacher Fried My Brains
Teacher Glows in the Dark
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...
Wrath of Squat (Space Brats 3)
of the Dips
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...
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)
the Land of the Unicorns: The Unicorn Chronicles
Of The Wanderer
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 ...
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
Andrew Lost, by J.C. Greenburg
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...
Into the Wild,
Fire and Ice,
Forest of Secrets,
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
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
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...
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...
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...
Hoboken Chicken Emergency
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...
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
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.
Stiefvater (and other authors, volumes 3-5)
Spirit Animals: Wild Born,
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 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
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"...
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...
- 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...
Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
The Arctic Incident
The Eternity Code
The Opal Deception
The Artemis Fowl Files companion book, including two short stories
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...
Sarah Beth Durst
Into the Wild and the sequel,
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
When Maggie's dad reads from books, he brings the characters
to life... literally. Amazing adventures follow...
Dragon Rider (or from
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
Shadow Children, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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...
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
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
by Catherine Jinks
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...
the Lamp, by P. B. Kerr
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
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
The Pendragon Cycle, by Stephen Lawhead
An account of the Arthur legend, and weaving in the story of Atlantis...
by Madeleine L'Engle
Wrinkle in Time
Wind in the Door
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
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
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...
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...
Tower series by Garth Nix...
Above the Veil
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
Discworld illustrated novels, for the young reader!
Bromeliad, or Gnomes trilogy by Terry Pratchett (originally available from
Truckers (or from Amazon.uk
(or from Amazon.uk
Wings (or from Amazon.uk
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
Good Omens (or from Amazon.uk
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)
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The Boy Who Couldn't Die (more horror than sci-fi)
just-for-fun creepy adventure, with a plot based on Hollywood-style
The Boy Who Reversed Himselfsometimes 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
Singularity 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 Stairschilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is
a classic of science fiction...
Edge Chronicles, by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell
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!
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (free for
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...
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Or get them all together, leather bound with gilt edges, in the Hitchhiker's
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story
Rider series, by Kristen Britain
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
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
The Dark Is Rising (or unabridged
Greenwitch (or unabridged
The Grey King (or unabridged
Silver on the Tree (or unabridged
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
You Want to Be a Wizard
The Wizards Dilemma
- Alan Dean
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
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
- 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 -
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
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or
Potter and the Deathly Hallows or
- 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
Bartimaeus Trilogy, by
Amulet of Samarkand
- 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
Sending of Dragons
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
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
- The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony:
Incarnations of Immortality, by Piers Anthony
In the battle between good and evil, many skirmishes are fought. Will
mortality be defeated? Will good be victorious over Satan and evil?
Adventures, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
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
for the Oakes by Emma BullIntelligent 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 CardEnder Wiggin is a
pre-teen, a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... (gifted pre-teen to
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
of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
or purchase the first three "Shadow" books as a set:
Ender's Game Boxed Set
Puppets by Orson Scott Card
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
in Exile by Orson Scott Card
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
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
Troublemakers - a collection of Ellison's classic stories, with "the
spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a
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...
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
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 -
Vows and Honor -
Take a Thief
The Heralds of Valdemar -
Arrows of the Queen,
Arrow's Fall (Lackey's first trilogy)
The Mage Winds -
Winds of Fate,
Winds of Change,
Winds of Fury
The Mage Storms -
Valdemar, Darian's Tale -
By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale)
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 -
Bardic Voices: The Lark and
Robin and the Kestrel ,
Cast of Corbies,
Eagle and the Nightengale
More great novels by Mercedes Lackey
by Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness quartet -
In the Hand of the Goddess,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man,
Lioness Rampant (or
Song of the Lioness Box Set)
The Immortals -
Realms of the Gods
Immortals Box Set)
Protector of the Small -
Daughter of the Lioness -
Circle of Magic -
The Circle Opens -
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
An imaginary world, full of humor, parody and fun!
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
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,
Forever. Or purchase the
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
The Raven Boys (or on
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (or on
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
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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