Children's Must-Read Lists

Fantasy Books for Kids

  • AWI2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
  • MFTA 5 years +
    5 years +
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    While exploring the enchanted wood on their doorstep, Joe, Beth and Frannie come across the Faraway Tree - their passport to magical adventures with Silky, Moon-Face and Saucepan Man.

    Read by Oscar winner Kate Winslet, this audio collection contains three of Enid Blyton's charming stories.

    Running time approx 13 hours

    CDs in this collection:
    The Enchanted Wood - Disc 1-4, The Magic Faraway Tree - Disc 1-4, The Folk of the Faraway Tree - Disc 1-4.
    Please note this audio collection contains books 1-3 in Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree series
    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
  • NMMC 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Morrigan Crow believes she's cursed and is destined to die on her 11th birthday. However, when the clock strikes midnight she's whisked away by Jupiter North and taken to a secret city called Nevermoor.

    Once there she's invited to join the Wundrous Society - an organisation steeped in mystery and magic. She's promised protection for life - if she can pass four seemingly impossible trials... The only problem is she needs a special talent to complete them - and she doesn't think she has it.

    This imaginative story is a spellbinding read for anyone who loves Harry Potter, Chrestomanci or His Dark Materials.
  • FBJ2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    You've always dreamed of studying at Hogwarts so why not pick up one of the textbooks that the students read? J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which inspired the hit film of the same name starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the 'author' of this book) is a miscellany of all kinds of magical creatures.

    An approved textbook at Hogwarts that even Albus Dumbledore claims no wizarding household should be without, it's an indispensable spotter's guide that contains profiles and facts about critters including Nifflers, Thunderbirds and Hippogriffs. There's so much for Muggles to read about.

    This new paperback edition has a foiled jacket and features the recently revised 2017 text that introduced six new creatures from the North American continent. It even has a new foreword from Newt that sheds light on the events surrounding a serious breach in the International Statute of Secrecy which took place in New York in the 1920s (if you've seen the film, you know what this is regarding...)
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film in 2018, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
    Format: Paperback
  • EII2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This is a brand new edition of Helen Cresswell's Moondial - a beloved classic full of magic and mischief.

    Minty Cane has always known she's a witch as she notices things no one else seems to - cries on the wind, cold air on stairways and ghosts. On a walk home one day, she stumbles across a moondial which can take her back in time.

    She finds Tom, a sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl with a birthmark that her family believe is the mark of the devil. Will Minty be able to save her new friends?
  • AAAWZ 11 years +
    11 years +
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    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

  • How to Train Your Dragon Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781444941944 - Cressida Cowell
    DRGO 7 years +
    7 years +
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    • Just £1.80 per book
    Please note this collection will be available to buy from early May. Click on 'Notify me' to receive an email when it's back in stock.

    Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series is hugely popular all over the world and has already spawned two massive Dreamworks films. Now, your children can get their hands on the first 10 books following the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and the ever-faithful Toothless for an unbelievable Book People price.

    Hiccup may well have grown up to be the greatest Viking hero who ever lived but it wasn't always like that. When he was young, he wouldn't speak up to his father, Stock the Voist, and he certainly couldn't beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball. All that changes when he decides to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet. It's here where he finds Toothless and the duo begin an incredible journey.

    These appealing stories combine action, drama and a real warmth as they focus on Hiccup and his family as they grow up and enjoy all sorts of incredible adventures, battling evil enemies along the way. Your children will laugh, cry and be eagerly reaching for the next book as they work their way through this fantastic collection.

    Format: Paperback
  • WOZ2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum is more than 100 years old but still has the power to transport its reader to another world.

    Dorothy and her dog Toto are hit by a tornado which deposits them in the strange and magical Land of Oz. To return home to Kansas, Dorothy must follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the elusive Wizard of Oz but her journey is full of obstacles - not least the Wicked Witch of the West...

    The Wizard of Oz is an unmissable read for children aged 9+ and a must-read book for fans of classic The Wizard of Oz film starring Judy Garland and the hit Disney prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.
  • EGN2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

    With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
  • HSD2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, the ninth book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series, finds Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third finding it hard to be a hero.

    The woods of Berserk have burned down and it feels like the world is cursed: Dragons are revolting against their Masters, the water is rising and the wicked witch Excellinor has returned....

    Will Hiccup be able to find the King's Things and win a sword-fighting contest to save the day?
  • ABKNI 12 years +
    12 years +
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    Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...
  • ACKKN 8 years +
    8 years +
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    Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn't read to her since her mother disappeared.

    When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret - when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages.

    Suddenly Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

    Cornelia Funke's Inkheart is a magical story for fans of Harry Potter. It was adapted into a 2009 film starring Brendan Fraser.
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    This title is first in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
  • ADQNF 9 years +
    9 years +
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    A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl ...CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future. This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.
  • AGIUB 15 years +
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    Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?
  • AEABO 9 years +
    9 years +
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    For a compelling comic strip novel, Artemis Fowl is hard to beat. Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and with excellent artwork by Giovanni Rigano, this fantastic graphic novel is amazing. Fans of the award-winning original will be captivated. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl takes on more than he has bargained for when he kidnaps a fairy with a difference!

  • PJA2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
  • HOI2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Likeable and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins is unwittingly caught up in an epic adventure in one of the most imaginative and captivating children's classics ever written.

    Although Bilbo sets out on his quest for a dragon's gold rather reluctantly, as he is a cautious hobbit who likes a quiet life, his journey helps him find courage, strength and hidden resources that are sure to inspire readers young and old.

    The Hobbit is a fantastic book for confident readers aged 9+, but it's also a great book for parents to read aloud to their child at bedtime, especially with the success of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug - the first two of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy of films based on The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo - bringing the story to a new audience.
  • WZW2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
  • AJWFG 5 years +
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    The first book in Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series, The Enchanted Wood is a magical read for children aged 5 and over.

    When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, they soon discover an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they come across the Faraway Tree, things get even more exciting...

    Soon they've made friends with Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy and are visiting special faraway destinations including the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats and the Land of Do-As-You-Please!
  • QSH2 15 years +
    15 years +
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    Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire - to confront the shadows of her past...

    Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil.

    She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart.

    Only then can she fight for her people...

    The fourth book in Sarah Maas' bestselling Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows is packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.
  • BWZ2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Mary Norton's much-loved classic The Borrowers is a book that we believe should be on every child's bookshelf - a wonderful tale of mystery and excitement that readers aged 9 and above continue to fall in love with.

    The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses: behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own absolutely nothing - they borrow everything, and think that humans were invented just to do the dirty work. Girls aren't supposed to go borrowing, but as Arrietty was an only child her father - Pod, an expert Borrower - broke the rule and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with a human boy...

    Beautifully written, poetic and Library Association's Carnegie Medal-winning, The Borrowers is children's book perfection - it's one of our favourites!
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    Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel. Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear-before it's too late.