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Fantasy books for 9-12 year olds by Mary Ann

by Mary Ann, posted to Books

Kids ages 9 - 12 love completely escaping into a book, falling into a new world, especially one with lots of adventure and excitement. What books do you suggest to your Harry Potter - loving kid?


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The False Prince

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THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy...more

This is perfect for kids who've finished the Harry Potter series and want more fantasy that blends political intrigue, danger and excitement. Great twists as hidden identities are revealed! My fantasy-loving students have raved about this!

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Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner

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Kids will have fun with this exciting futuristic adventure (ages 9 -...more

Perfect for tweens who want action and adventure, with a science twist. More sci-fi than fantasy, but lots of fun!

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again....more

Kids love this series because of the action, adventure and likeable characters. They can relate to Percy's struggles at school and admire his courage as he searches for his father. Also excellent on audio.

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Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

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Far, far away in the Starburst galaxy (just beyond the Milky Way but...more

4th graders loved the humor in this fantasy book this year - witty, absurd and illustrated fun.

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Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

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Told entirely in rhyming couplets that are nearly impossible not to...more

Winner of the 2011 California Young Reader Medal, our students loved this book! They described it as Dr. Seuss meets Lemony Snicket.

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Artemis Fowl (new cover) [Paperback]

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Eoin Colfer describes his new book, Artemis Fowl, as "Die Hard with...more

Advanced readers love the complexity, excitement and challenges that Artemis Fowl conquers in this excellent series.

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A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet)

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles...more

This classic fantasy series gripped me as a child, as I followed Meg's search for her father, through tesseracts, across galaxies, and in the face of strange, controlling beings.

Eden Godsoe: I remember this one too. If a boy/girl is a good reader, do you think the subject matter is appropriate for children under 9? How young?

Alice: I remember being fairly scared reading this book when I was younger, but when I was finished I was so proud for reading what I thought was an "adult" book. Still a personal favourite.

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When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery)

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Sixth-grader Miranda's world has turned upside down. Maybe it's...more

This book is part fantasy, part realistic fiction, part mystery and an absolute favorite of mine. It's one of those books that as soon as I finished it, I had to start reading it all over again.

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The Warrior Heir [Paperback]

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Grade 5-9–An apparently ordinary 16-year-old boy turns out to have...more

Suggested by Mallory Stevens

My son loves this Trilogy. It really engaged him... he could hardly wait to start the next one in the series.

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The Hunger Games [Paperback]

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Suggested by Mallory Stevens

This can be a little dark, but very engaging. The characters are strong and the relationships are well developed.

Mary Ann: Oh yes, I found this totally engrossing, and loved the strong characters and conflicts that they faced. But not for the faint of heart... quite brutal violence in the end.

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) [Paperback]

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Imagine if the Rangers from "Lord of the Rings" took apprentices --...more

Suggested by Erin

Very captivating book, for both kids and parents. Any series that gets kids this excited about reading is really super!

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