Top 10 Best Magical Books for 9-year-olds

Discover enthralling adventures and spellbinding stories in these magical books for 9-year-olds. They feature fantastical beasts, curious characters and enchanting plotlines.

1. 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.

2. Skellig

David Almond

This stunning story brilliantly combines magic and realism for an enthralling story, 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...

3. Matilda

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

Much-loved heroine Matilda Wormwood is super smart, a voracious reader, and has the amazing power to move objects without touching them! Her parents may be nasty to her, but she's an extraordinary girl who's determined to take down her cruel-hearted and horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Children will love this amusing, timeless tale from the wonderful Roald Dahl, as well as the fantastic illustrations by Quentin Blake.

4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a dreamlike world with this exciting and magical book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and tumble into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum

This beloved book follows young Dorothy Gale, a girl from Kansas whose house is whisked away by a cyclone to the weird and wonderful Land of Oz. In order to get back home, she must follow the Yellow Brick Road, find the Wizard of Oz and ask for his help. On her way, she goes on a marvellous adventure with a Scarecrow, a Cowardly Lion and a Tin Woodman, and must take down the Wicked Witch of the West. Kids will be enchanted by this much-loved magical tale, full of fun and friendship.

6. 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 engross young readers.

7. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

If you're looking for mystery, adventure, magic and friendship, you'll find it all in this beautiful classic novel. Spoiled orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at the isolated Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire - but she will discover a magical world she could never have imagined on the other side of a locked garden door. She decides to bring the neglected garden she finds there back to life, and in doing so, will change the course of her own destiny forever.

8. 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 riveting story features themes of courage, friendship, magic, and action-packed adventure!

9. Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Matt Brown

Who would have thought that the world's first time machine would be a stinky, mouldy, thirteen-week-old-cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich?! When Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan make this astonishing discovery, they become the most powerful boys in the universe. But will they use their new powers for good... or for evil? Or will they just focus on creating the perfect formula for the world's first pair of custard trousers? This hysterical book is full of fun and madness.

10. How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell

Hiccup was an awesome sword-fighter and dragon-whisperer, the greatest Viking hero that ever lived - but there was a time, before all that, when Hiccup was a shy, quiet and thoughtful individual, who had no idea how to be a tough, strong hero! Discover Hiccup's journey alongside his almighty dragon, Toothless, beginning with this first spellbinding story, and join him on his adventures throughout the sensational How to Train Your Dragon series.

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    What are you looking for? Friendship! Fantasy! Adventure! Excitement! Dorothy and her friends know there's only one person who can help make their wishes come true and that's the Wizard. But as they set off to find him, the Wicked Witch is never far behind ...Oxford Children's Classics present not only the original and unabridged story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in a stunning new edition, but also help you to discover a whole world of new adventures with a vast assortment of recommendations and activities.
  • 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!
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    What are you looking for?

    Friendship! Mystery! Adventure! Secrets!

    When spoiled, selfish orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, she discovers a magical world on the other side of a locked garden door. Mary decides to bring the abandoned garden she finds there back to life; and in doing so, changes her own forever.

    Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a children's classic that has enchanted generations.
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    Roald Dahl
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    From the genius mind of Roald Dahl, Matilda Wormwood is a heroine with a love of books and some truly magical powers. Her parents may call her terrible things all the time, but the truth is she's a very special little girl.

    Forming a special bond with her caring teacher Miss Honey, both her parents and the angry, spiteful headmistress Miss Trunchbull soon find out they were wrong to underestimate Matilda so much...

    In 1996, this magical book was adapted into a popular film directed by and starring Danny DeVito and it's also now an award-winning musical across the world. Complete with Quentin Blake's illustrations, Matilda is a timeless classic that will be returned to again and again.
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    Rick Riordan
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    Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea...
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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.
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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...
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    Cressida Cowell
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    This is the first of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs and is the book that inspired the first hit film from Dreamworks. Hiccup may now be considered an awesome sword-fighter and the greatest Viking Hero to have ever lived, but he didn't always have this reputation....

    As a child, he wasn't popular nor good at sports and he struggled to make himself heard. But things began to change when he found Toothless, a dragon that quickly became his best friend - a stark contrast to the fearsome dragon enemies he'd grown up believing in...

    Written by Cressida Cowell and suitable for readers aged 7 and over, Hiccup: How to Train Your Dragon is the first book in a series full of action, adventure and laugh-out-loud fun.
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    When Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon discover the world's first TIME MACHINE (aka a mouldy, thirteen-week-old-cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich), they become the most powerful boys in the universe. But how will Compton and Bryan decide to use their incredible new time-travelling powers? Will they use them for good? Will they use them for evil? Or will they just focus their efforts on perfecting a formula for the world's first pair of custard trousers? Things are about to get totally scrambled for Compton Valance.
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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.