Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for 11-year-olds

These heart-pounding fantasy books are guaranteed to thrill and captivate young readers, featuring deadly beasts, perilous worlds, feisty protagonists and curious characters. Browse below for the very best fantasy books for 11-year-olds.

1. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this thrilling fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.

2. The Saga of Darren Shan

Darren Shan

Fans of the gruesome, the ghoulish and the ghastly will adore this series of spooky stories from legendary horror writer, Darren Shan. Featuring vampires, weird human-animal hybrids and a general ambience of terror, this action-packed saga stars young Darren Shan in a series of brilliantly bloodthirsty adventures.

3. The Magicians' Guild

Trudi Canavan

The first book in the heart-pounding Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They put up a magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea somehow penetrates this shield with a rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable.

4. Inkheart

Cornelia Funke

This enthralling fantasy adventure follows 12-year-old Meggie. She lives with her father, who has a rather unusual talent: he can bring characters from a book to life! However, unfortunately, his magical gift has caused an evil villain to be conjured up and unleashed into the world. What will follow is a riveting but perilous series of events for Meggie and her father... Fantasy fans will be gripped by this rich, exciting, fantastical novel.

5. Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

Embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure with a deadly and ferocious heroine, who is forced to compete in a fight-to-the-death tournament in a glass castle to win her freedom. The first book of this dark series mixes romance, mystery and legend in a captivating blend, and features an action-packed plot and a feisty, likeable young heroine.

6. The Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling

This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children with its enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, and must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.

7. Eragon

Christopher Paolini

Eragon, a young farm boy, lives a simple, uneventful life - until a dragon hatches from what he thought was just a stone. Eragon is thrown into a new world of destiny, magic, peril and power. Armed with only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller, Eragon and the dragon must navigate hazardous terrain and dark enemies ruled by a malevolent king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider and save the Empire? Young fantasy fans will love this gripping read.

8. James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly old hags. He's very lonely until, one day, something extraordinary happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow. Inside that peach are very unusual and very large insects, all waiting to take James on an enthralling adventure. Where will they go - and what will happen to the horrible aunts who block their way? Discover this exciting story from wonderful storyteller, Roald Dahl.

9. Vampire Academy

Richelle Mead

Hidden in shadow, St Vladimir's Academy is where vampires are educated in the ways of magic, and half-human teenagers train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Having been on the run, they've been dragged back to St Vladimir's, and now must endure a whirlwind of forbidden romances, a brutal social scene and terrifying night-time rituals. But, most importantly, they must stay alive. This dark and gritty read will captivate young readers.

10. Truckers

Terry Pratchett

Imagine you lived in a world in which, all around you, thousands of tiny, courageous people hid from sight. These are the 'nomes', the stars of a trilogy of Terry Pratchett novels. In this first story, they live under the floorboards of a department store and have never seen the outside world - in fact, they don't believe in it. But new nomes arrive from an unknown place, and bring devastating news: the department store is closing down. This brilliantly funny read is perfect for fantasy-lovers.

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    A modern masterpiece from Philip Pullman, this slipcased collection includes all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

    A bestseller all around the world that tackled a number of important and controversial issues, it also won many awards and has had a remarkable influence on literature since.
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    Inkheart is a thrilling fantasy adventure from award-winning author Cornelia Funke. Twelve-year-old Meggie lives with her father who has a strange talent - he can bring characters from a book to life! This magical ability has unfortunately conjured an evil villain into the world, however, and set in motion a dangerous sequence of events for Meggie and her father...Inkheart is a magical, fast-paced fantasy for readers from 9+. Tolkien fans and readers who love Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series will be gripped!

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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.
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    St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, staying alive.
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    Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild's worst fear has been realised ...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.
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    Fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games will be thrilled to discover this epic fantasy from debut author Sarah J. Maas. Originally developed when the author was just 16 years old, Throne of Glass is a phenomenal rip-roaring tale with a deadly and ferocious heroine who is forced to compete in a to-the-death tournament in order to win her freedom. Mingling romance, legend and mystery with an action-packed plot and a feisty and likeable heroine, Throne of Glass is unputdownable!
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    Vampires: check! Frightening human-animal hybrids: check! Atmospheric terror and gripping action: you bet! A worldwide bestseller, The Saga of Darren Shan introduces spider-loving Darren as his attempt to steal an enormous tarantula from a banned freak show forces him into becoming the assistant of a vampire - Mr Crepsley.

    Featuring the saga's four complete trilogies - Vampire Blood, Vampire Rites, Vampire War and Vampire Destiny - readers can join Darren as he finds himself turned into a half-vampire, and embarks on adventures that force him into the dark underworld of the undead, all of which are are sure to keep readers hungry for more...

    Fast-paced, compelling and hilarious - with satisfyingly macabre touches -, The Saga of Darren Shan is a series of children's books that kids aged 9 and above will really love getting their teeth into.

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    Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people. They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful. They are the nomes. The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been outside. In fact, they don't even believe in outside. But new nomes arrive, from - where else? - and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down and Everything Must Go ...The fantastically funny first book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.
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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and Grow and Grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their Giant Peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl Audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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