Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for 9-year-olds

Set off on incredible adventures in wondrous worlds, full of peculiar creatures and characters, in these riveting fantasy reads! Featuring titles from some of the best-loved children's authors, including J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, browse the list below for the very best fantasy books for 9-year-olds.

1. The Complete Harry Potter Collection

J. K. Rowling

This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children around the world. It features lots of enthralling adventures, plenty of fantastical creatures and a host of 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.

2. The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman

This exciting and hilarious novel won the Smarties Book Prize in 1996. It stars Lila, whose dream job is rather unusual: she wants to be a firework-maker! But every aspiring firework-maker must embark on a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend... Join Lila on a riveting adventure, written by the hugely popular fantasy author, Philip Pullman.

3. R. L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection

R. L. Stine

Dare your kids to read these heart-pounding books from R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, in which children must face all sorts of supernatural terrors. These spine-chilling books feature twisted, funny and gritty adventures that will enthral children. Discover ghouls, ghosts, vampires and more in these spectacularly spooky books.

4. Magick Series

Stephanie Burgis

Feisty heroine Kat Stephenson stars in this enchanting trilogy, set in Regency England with elements of fantasy, magic and adventure. A chaos-causing misfit, Kat cuts off her hair and runs away from home, risks everything in order to clear her brother's name, and must protect her family from smugglers and sabotage in these heart-pounding novels. Packed with authentic period detail, magic and mystery as well as sprinkles of humour, this incredible adventure is guaranteed to delight young fantasy fans.

5. Skellig

David Almond

This stunning story won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award. It brilliantly combines magic and realism for a captivating tale, making this book impossible to put down. Young Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and his family moves into a dilapidated house. But an unbelievable discovery in the form of a strange, emaciated creature is set to change everything...

6. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo is a hobbit. He likes to keep himself to himself, and enjoys a peaceful, uneventful life. But one day, a group of dwarves turns up at his door, and his life is changed forever. He must embark on an epic quest to help the dwarves reclaim their mountain and slay the malicious, miserly dragon, Smaug - all rather difficult for a homely hobbit! This enthralling story features themes of courage, friendship, and action-packed adventure!

7. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

This thrilling fantasy series stars a rather unlikely hero: Percy, a troubled child who has dyslexia and ADHD. The story rapidly progresses from a school outing for mortals from the twenty-first century, to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena. Infused with mythological elements and filled with shocking twists and turns, this bestselling novel will captivate kids.

8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in a bizarre, unpredictable and magical land, filled with strange fauna and flora and a host of quirky characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Join her in this exciting world as she comes face-to-face with all sorts of crazy creatures and has marvellous adventures.

9. The Obsidian Mirror

Catherine Fisher

Jake's father disappears whilst working on mysterious experiments with the reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth, he discovers, is far stranger. The experiments involved a black mirror, a portal to the past and future. Venn wants to use its powers - and so do the strangers who begin to gather, including individuals from different times. But Jake is determined to use the mirror to learn what happened to his father. This heart-pounding page-turner will appeal to those who enjoy the darker side of sci-fi and fantasy.

10. Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

This thrilling, funny novel is set in the fantastical world of Ingary, where young Sophie Hatter is put under a terrible curse by the malevolent Witch of the Waste, and made to look like an old crone! In Sophie's efforts to find a way to break the spell, she will go on all sorts of adventures in a magical, moving castle, accompanied by the charismatic Calcifer the Fire Demon, the formidable Wizard Howl and Howl's apprentice, Michael.

  • LIG2 9 years +
    David Almond
    9 years +
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    David Almond won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award for his stunning story of a young boy who discovers an amazing secret.

    In Skellig the author expertly combines magic and realism to create an absorbing story for readers aged 9 and over. Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and the family moves into a dilapidated new house. But his incredible discovery looks set to change everything...
  • PJA2 9 years +
    Rick Riordan
    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+.
  • Magick Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783709106 - Stephanie Burgis
    MAGK 9 years +
    Stephanie Burgis
    9 years +
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    Featuring a feisty, chaos-causing heroine and expertly written to appeal to younger readers, the Reckless Magick trilogy is a brilliantly imaginative mix of life in Regency England laced with fantasy, magic and adventure.

    Join Kat Stephenson on her unladylike outings as she cuts off her hair and runs away from home in A Most Improper Magick; risks it all to clear her brother's name in A Tangle of Magicks; and protects her family from smugglers and sabotage in A Reckless Magick.

    Full of authentic period detail, magical adventure and humour, Stephanie Burgis' feisty twelve-year-old is sure to be a hit with pre-teen fans of fantasy.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Stephanie Burgis' Magick series.
  • AABVB 9 years +
    Diana Wynne Jones
    9 years +
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    A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels. In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls! There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse -- her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping -- and howlingly funny!
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    A beautiful Oxford Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's inspired fantasy Alice in Wonderland. This surreal story has truly enduring appeal and is a must-read book for all readers aged 9 and above.

    On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world, she meets some even stranger characters including a grinning cat, a rabbit with a pocket watch and a queen who plays croquet using hedgehogs and flamingos!

    Packed full of nonsense poems and songs, quirky characters and bizarre goings-on, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic!

    Please note this edition does not contain any illustrations.
  • HOI2 9 years +
    JRR Tolkien
    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.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
    HRYP 9 years +
    9 years +
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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
  • R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407179896 - R.L. Stine
    BUMP 9 years +
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    Prepare for your children to be sleeping with the lights on... our latest 10-book Goosebumps collection is sure to give them the creeps!

    R.L. Stine's spooky books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have helped to ensure generations are terrified of ventriloquist's dummies... following the success of the film starring Jack Black, the books have been brought to a whole new audience and here are 10 adventures that are twisted, funny and rather dark. They'll be top of every child's reading list.

    This collection features the classic Night of the Living Dummy alongside other memorable titles including Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Great books for encouraging a love of reading, will your kids dare to read through all 10?
  • FMU2 9 years +
    Philip Pullman
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    Bursting with excitement and humour, Philip Pullman's The Firework Maker's Daughter won the Smarties Book Prize and is a brilliant book for readers aged 9 and over.

    What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is ...a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes.

    There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!
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    Catherine Fisher
    7 years +
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    Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ...The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn's estate: Sarah - a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne - who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror's power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.