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The Beastly Boys, Werewolf versus Dragon

The Beastly Boys

Werewolf versus Dragon
(An Awfully Beastly Business)
Suitable for 11-13s

Ulf the orphaned werewolf lives at a centre for endangered and rare animals, also the base for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts. In this first adventure Ulf is out to protect the dragons from a plot to bring back the sport of dragon fighting and bring down the world's most deadly beast hunter. With a colourful cast of supporting characters including Tiana the fairy, Orson the giant and the resident vet, this is a magical fantasy adventure for younger readers.

Simon & Schuster · 9781847382863

Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, A Giant Problem

Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

A Giant Problem
(Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles)
Suitable for 11-13s Audio version available

The Nixie's Song continues here with the fire-breathing giants beginning to wake up down in the Florida swamps. Lucky then that Nick and Laurie, the giant-slaying team are on hand, though they hadn't reckoned on quite this many giants. Dazzling illustrations pull you deeper into the brilliantly inventive fantasy world beyond the Spiderwicks.

Simon & Schuster · 9781847382641



Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of this Book is Secret

Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of this Book is SecretSuitable for 11-13s

Cass and Max-Ernest set out to discover the truth about the mysterious Symphony of Smells but in fact end up investigating a sinister experiment involving kidnapped children and the secret of eternal youth and attempting the rescue of a classmate from an unimaginably terrible fate. A brilliant accompanying website provides more information for readers - if they can crack the clever codes!

Usborne · 9780746090923



Trudi Canavan, The High Lord

Trudi Canavan

The High Lord
(Black Magician Trilogy)
Suitable for 13-14+

Adopted by the Magician's Guild, street girl Sonea, has been learning magic from the High Lord himself, Akkarin. With their realm under threat of invasion from a dangerous ancient enemy Sonea has many important decisions to make in an exciting conclusion to this high fantasy trilogy.

Atom · 9781905654093


Silvana De Mari, The Last Elf

Silvana de Mari

The Last ElfSuitable for 11-13s

A refreshingly different story about Yorsh, the last elf left in the world, who sets off on a significant and magical adventure with a dog and its two human owners encountering all manner of prophecies, storms, disasters and dragons.

Bloomsbury · 9780747577881

Charlie Fletcher, Silvertongue

Charlie Fletcher


The concluding book in the fast-paced supernatural fantasy trilogy, set in a dark, menacing unLondon where statues come to life and dangers lurk around every corner. Now completely alone George and Edie must look to the past to work out their future. Stunningly cinematic storytelling and a terrific end to an epic adventure.

Hodder · 9780340911679

Vivian French, The Bag of Bones

Vivian French

The Bag of Bones
(Tales from the Five Kingdoms)
Suitable for 11-13s

Now banished from the Five Kingdoms for her perpetual use of dark magic, the wickedest witch of all, Truda, is now plotting to spread even more evil, bring down King Frank and take over his Kingdom on his birthday. Luckily half-elf Loobly overhears her spell and plans to bring about her downfall with the help of a Prince, a troll and some bats in this hilariously wacky witch story for younger readers.

Walker · 9781406306248

Cornelia Funke, Inkdeath

Cornelia Funke


Exciting and emotional this is a compelling conclusion to the trilogy starring Meggie and her bookbinder father with the power to imagine the characters of stories into life. It will appeal more to teenagers than the target child audience of Inkheart because of its dark magic and important themes which leave lots to think about. Both very exciting and very emotional, this is the sort of stylish and highly visual storytelling you just don't come across very often.

Chicken House · 9781905294848



Neil Gaiman, Mirrormask

Neil Gaiman

Mirrormask Suitable for 13-14+

Helena is born to a family of circus performers and longs to join the real world. One fateful day she wakes up to find herself in a dreamworld inhabited by a myriad of weird and wonderful creatures and about to embark on a journey…
Told through a mesmerizing and dizzying mix of art from the film; stills, sketches and striking images this is a challenging fantasy story in content and format, as visually stunning as it is scary. A book to challenge perceptions of reading.

Bloomsbury · 9780747599869



F E Higgins, The Bone Magician

F E Higgins

The Bone Magician

Dogged by scandal Pin Carpue's father disappears leaving Pin to fend for himself as an undertaker's assistant. His work brings him into contact with the mysterious Bone Magician who can raise corpses from the dead and make them speak. The Magician's assistant is even more mysterious and seems to be inextricably linked to the notorious Silver Apple Killer who targets those who have watched the act of the Bone Magician at a well-known inn. The more Pin discovers about dark bone magic the more danger he finds himself in in this intriguing and inventive tale.

Macmillan · 9780330444828

Stuart Hill, Last Battle of the Icemark

Stuart Hill

Last Battle of the Icemark
(The Icemark Chronicles)

Queen Thirrin's kingdom has been peaceful since her murderous daughter, Medea, was banished to the spirit world but Medea is bent on revenge and has the King of Darkness and the Ice Demons on her side. Time is running out now for the Icemark to finally triumph over evil. Epic battles and vividly drawn landscapes sweep the story along in this classic fantasy while the flashes of humour and very human characters keep the pages turning faster and faster.

Chicken House · 9781905294701

Brian Keaney, The Gallowglass

Brian Keaney

The Gallowglass
(Dr Sigmundus)

Having confronted the evil force behind Dr Sigmundus, whose rule everyone in Tarnagar must obey, Dante now comes face to face with his twin Luther. Luther is doing evil for the Doctor and only Dante has the power to stop him. With Bea imprisoned and forced to take ichor to suppress her individuality, Dante has his work cut out in this second book in a thrilling fantasy trilogy loosely and cleverly based on the Divine Comedy.

Orchard · 9781846160899

Kazu Kibuishi, The Stonekeeper

Kazu Kibuishi

The Stonekeeper
Suitable for 11-13s

Emily and her brother move to the strange old ancestral home after the tragic death of their father. Both children are fascinated and spend hours exploring. But strange noises in the basement on the first night and the kidnap of their mother by a bizarre tentacled creature set the children investigating an underworld of all manner of monsters with the help of a pretty stone necklace Emily found hidden in the house. Imagined by the creator of the Flight comics, Amulet is a classic fantasy graphic novel with vividly drawn landscapes and brilliant characters. Resistant readers will appreciate the low word count as well as the way the stunning illustrations carry the story.

Scholastic · 9780439846813


Ursula Le Guin, Powers

Ursula le Guin

(Annals of the Western Shore)

Set in an ancient world, Le Guin tells the mesmerizing story of a young boy, Gavir, who was stolen as a baby and sold into slavery. Although blessed with special powers enabling him to see into the future and the past, his gift fails to warn him of the tragedy to befall him. More psychological coming of age story than magical fantasy, this is wonderfully written and leaves lots to think about.

Orion · 9781842556313

Joan Lennon, Questors

Joan Lennon


Three children from different planets are destined to save their three worlds. The problem is they're only children and are not quite sure where to start, what to look for or where to find it. With an evil villain after them they've got to act fast in this fascinating, highly original, often humorous fusion of fantasy, sci-fi and quest story.

Puffin · 9780141319162


Garth Nix, Castle

Garth Nix

(The Seventh Tower)

Second in a new fantasy adventure series from Nix set in the Dark World where light is precious and only one place, The Seventh Tower, ever enjoys the sun. Having now gained his spiritshadow Tal, a Chosen, must journey with Milla, an Icecarl from the Icelands below, on a dangerous quest to retrieve a sunstone, avoiding the evil forces out to destroy them. Another winning quest series with fantastically realized fantasy landscapes, believable magic, endearing characters and just the right amount of suspense.

HarperCollins · 9780007261208

Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

Christopher Paolini

BrisingrAudio version available

Picking up where Eldest left off, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have one last chance to rid the land of tyranny but will the important decisions and impossible to keep promises prove too much for the former farm-boy in this epic and involving, richly-detailed fantasy?

Corgi · 9780552552127

Philip Pullman, Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights
(His Dark Materials)
Audio version available

Part one of an epic and captivating fantasy trilogy telling the story of an orphan Lyra, an strong-minded, free-spirited girl living in an Oxford college with a unique destiny already mapped out for her. When her friend Roger disappears mysteriously, along with other children in the area she sets out with her daemon Pantalaimon on a dangerous mission to find him. Together they journey to the frozen ice kingdom of the north, a bleak and awe-inspiring place where armoured bears rule, witch queens fly and scientists conduct sinister experiments. Pullman offers a rare gift to his readers, wrapping very big philosophical and theological themes and scientific ideas up in an engrossing and human story. Stunning in scope and scale and breathtaking in its originality it is an absolutely unforgettable story to grow up with and repays repeated reading.

Scholastic · 9781407104058


Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the LabyrinthAudio version available

Percy Jackson, the half-god every boy secretly wants to be, is back for a fourth exciting adventure through Greek mythology. Explosions, arch-enemies, underground labyrinths, fanged she-devils and bloodthirsty monsters make this Percy's most daring and dangerous mission yet.

Puffin · 9780141321271


Alan Shea, The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin

Alan Shea

The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin

Life is dull and grey for 12-year-old Alice, growing up with her stepfather in postwar London, the only excitement in her life being that conjured up by her imagination. When Reggie starts at her school, life is turned upside down. There is a strong connection between the two and her life brightens up; things previously confined to her imagination suddenly become very real. A magical story so skilfully created that you'll feel you're part of Alice's world too.

Chicken House · 9781904442325

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, The Lost Barkscrolls

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Lost Barkscrolls
(The Edge Chronicles)
Suitable for 11-13s

Exciting stories, one from each of the Edge trilogies, taken from the times of Twig, Quint and Rook. Added extras include a fold-out timeline, the two special World Book Day stories previously published and a sneak preview into the very last Edge Chronicle to be released in 2009. This is both a must-have for fans of the twisty turny stories and a perfect introduction to the terrifying Edgeworld pageturners, brought to life through Riddell's characteristically detailed and quirky line drawings.

Doubleday · 9780552555999

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