Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. “The Starcatchers” (Series):
Peter and the Starcatchers. (Disney, 2004)
Peter and the Shadow Thieves. (Hyperion/Disney Editions, 2006)
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. (Disney, 2007)

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. “The Berinfell Prophecies” (Series)
Curse of the Spider King. [Book One] (Thomas Nelson, 2009)
Venom and Song. [Book Two] (Thomas Nelson, 2010)
The Tide of Unmaking. [Book Three] (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
The entire race of elves was all but wiped out by a vicious assault. Their hopes hang on a bloodline
kept safe in the human world for eight hundred years, on seven children with powers they don’t even
know they have, and the words of their God as a shield against their enemies.

John Claude Bemis. "The Clockwork Dark" (Series):
The Nine Pound Hammer. Random House, 2009.
A troop of young adepts hide their extraordinary skills behind their performances as traveling circus
performers. They are pitted against the greatest of foes, with an army of hired mercenaries and an
array of devilish machines. The young heroes are hopelessly out-gunned until one of their number, a
giant of a boy, takes up the legendary John Henry's weapon, the Nine Pound Hammer. Folklore
clashes with science fiction in this first title in an exciting new fantasy series.
The Wolf Tree.  Random House, 2010.

Royce Buckingham. Demonkeeper. (Putnam Juvenile, 2007)

Royce Buckingham. Goblins! An Underearth Adventure. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008)

Ann Downer. Hatching Magic. (Aladdin, 2003)

Emily Drake. “The Magickers” (Series):  
The Magickers. (DAW Books, 2001)
The Curse of Arkady. (DAW Books, 2002)
The Dragon Guard. (DAW Books, 2003)
The Gate of Bones. (DAW Books, 2004)

Jeanne DuPrau. “Books of Ember” (Series):
The City of Ember. (Random House, 2003)
The People of Sparks. (Random House, 2004)
The Prophet of Yonwood. (Random House, 2006)
The Diamond of Darkhold. (Random House, 2008)

Nancy Farmer. Sea of Trolls. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004)

John Flanagan.
The Outcasts. [The Brotherhood Chronicles, Book 1] (Philomel, 2011)
The Ranger's Apprentice series is dead, long live The Brotherhood Chronicles! Flanagan doesn't
wander far from the formula that made his earlier series such a joy: heroism, courage, character, and
fast-paced action. There are new characters and new challenges in the same world, and the new
hero Hal will gain loyal followers from the outset.

John Flanagan. "Rangers Apprentice." (Series):
The Ruins of Gorlan. (Puffin, 2005)
The Burning Bridge. (Philomel, 2006)
The Icebound Land. (Philomel,  2007)
The Battle for Skandia. (Philomel, 2008)
The Sorcerer of the North. (Philomel, 2008)
The Siege of Macindaw. (Philomel, 2009)
The conclusion to story begun in The Sorcerer of the North. Ranger Will must plot the overthrow of a
castle with his usual young and talented friends, the warrior Horace and the diplomat Alyss, and his
usual ragtag cast of supporters. In this case it is a handful of berzerking Skandians and the shadowy
and mysterious inhabitants of a haunted forest.
Erak's Ransom. (Philomel, 2010)
The Kings of Clonmel. (Philomel, 2010)
Halt's Peril. (Philomel, 2010)

Stuart Gibbs.
The Last Musketeer. (Harper, 2011)
Want a little swash-buckling in your reading? Why not go back to a real original, with a modern twist?

Julie Hahnke. “The Wolf’s Apprentice” (Series):
The Grey Ghost. (PublishingWorks, 2009)

Kate Klimo and John Shroades. “Dragon Keepers” (Series):
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008)
The Dragon in the Driveway. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2009)

D.J. MacHale. “Pendragon” (Series):
The Merchant of Death. (Aladdin, 2007)
The Lost City of Faar. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
The Never War. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
The Reality Bug. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
Black Water. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
The Rivers of Zadaa. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2005)
The Quillan Games. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2006)
The Pilgrims of Rayne. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
Raven Rise. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2008)
The Soldiers of Halla. (Aladdin, 2009)

Kenneth Oppel. Silverwing. (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1997)
Sunwing. (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000)
Firewing. (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2003)
Darkwing. (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2007)

Rick Riordan. "The Heroes of Olympus" (Series)
The Lost Hero. [Book One] (Hyperion, 2010)
Riordan returns to his world of classical mythology meets modern times, and all the magic is still
there. Percy Jackson is gone (one of the central plot elements) making room for new heroes and a
new look at Camp Half Blood, a new way of seeing the gods, and all new terrors from the netherworld.

Rick Riordan. "The Kane Chronicles" (Series):
The Red Pyramid. (Disney Hyperion, 2010)
Hold onto your butts. The ancient gods and goddesses are REAL! No, not the Greek gods and
goddesses, that was Rick Riordan's other series. And two kids are descended from the gods. No,
they aren't the direct children of gods, that's Rick Riordan's other series. There's a war brewing, and
the descendants of the gods must play their part. Yeah, I know, that was in the other series too, but if
the kids loved Percy Jackson (and what kid didn't?) they will line up for The Red Pyramid, Book One of
the Kane Chronicles.

Rick Riordan. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" (Series):  
The Lightening Thief. (Miramax, 2005)
The Sea of Monsters. (Miramax, 2006)
The Titan’s Curse. (Miramax, 2007)
The Battle of the Labyrinth. (Hyperion Books for Children, 2008)
The Demigod Files. (Hyperion Books for Children, 2009)
The Last Olympian. (Disney Hyperion Books for Children, 2009)

Emily Rodda. “Deltora Quest” (Series):
The Forests of Silence. (Apple, 2001)
The Lake of Tears. (Apple, 2001)
City of the Rats. (Apple, 2001)
The Shifting Sands. (Apple, 2001)
Dread Mountain. (Apple, 2001)
The Maze of the Beast. (Apple, 2001)
The Valley of the Lost. (Apple, 2001)
Return to Del. (Scholastic, 2001)
Tales of Deltora. (Scholastic, 2006)

Emily Rodda. “Deltora Shadowlands” (Series):
Cavern of Fear. (Scholastic, 2002)
Isle of Illusion. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Shadowlands. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Book of Monsters. (Scholastic, 2002)

Emily Rodda. “Dragons of Deltora” (Series):
Dragon's Nest. (Scholastic, 2004)
Shadowgate. (Scholastic, 2004)
Isle of the Dead. (Scholastic, 2004)
Sister of the South. (Scholastic, 2005)

J. K. Rowling. “Harry Potter” (Series):
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (Scholastic, 1998)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (Scholastic, 1999)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (Scholastic, 1999)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Scholastic, 2000)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (Scholastic, 2005)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Scholastic, 2007)

Louis Sachar.
Holes. (Farrar, Straus, Giraux, 1998)

Jeff Stone. "The Five Ancestors." (Series):
Tiger. (Random House, 2005)
Monkey. (Random House, 2005)
Snake. (Random House, 2006)
Crane. (Random House, 2007)
Eagle. (Random House, 2008)
Mouse. (Random House, 2009)

Jonathan Stroud.
Heroes of the Valley. (Hyperion Books for Children, 2009)

Jonathan Stroud.
The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel. (Hyperion, 2010)
Everyone's favorite sarcastic djinni is back and in fine form, if he does say so himself. Powerful magic
will be summoned, and powerful magicians will be eaten, in this fantasy followup to the Bartimaeus

Michael Sullivan, “The Bard” (Series):
The Sapphire Knight. (PublishingWorks, 2009)
A young traveler sits beside a fire on an open heath and hears a most amazing tale from a broken and
disfigured old man, a tale of sorcery and battle between the light of a great white castle and the dark
green wood, between the White Lady and the Green Queen. Caught between two great powers, a
young knight must discover truth and his own courage to defend that truth. But is it just an idle tale of
a lying old man, or is it the true history of the Sapphire Knight?

J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit. (Ballantine, 1999)

David Ward. “The Grassland Trilogy” (Series)
Escape the Mask. (Amulet Books, 2008)
Beneath the Mask. (Amulet Books, 2008)
Beyong the Mask. (Amulat Books, 2009)
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John Flanagan. The Hunters. [Brotherband Chronicles, Book 3] (Philomel, 2012)
Book three finds the end of the epic quest by Hal and the Heron Brotherband to retrieve the lost
treasure of the Skandians from a band of vicious pirates. Half-grown, under-sized, and outnumbered
three-to-one, the Brotherband must rely on the brains and daring of their leader, their unwavering
loyalty to each other, and a ship like no other on the ocean. John Flanagan is the master of epic,
nonmagical fantasy for middle and high school readers.

Trevor Pryce, with Joel Naftali, illustrated by Sanford Greene. An Army of Frogs: a Kulipari Novel.
(Amulet Books, 2013)
They are frogs, not hobbits, but this tale of adventure, sacrifice, and good verses evil is the perfect
introduction to fantasy for those who will soon be reading Tolkien.
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