Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for 11-year-olds

These heart-pounding fantasy books for kids 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.