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Alexander, Lloyd  Chronicles of Prydain series A young pigkeeper has adventures far beyond his station: battling the Horned King, destroying the Black Cauldron and rescuing the Princess Eilonwy.Sequels include: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King.
Barron, T. A.  The Lost Years of Merlin A young boy washes ashore. on the coast of Wales with no memory of who he is. Through a series of adventures he discovers his true identity. Sequels include: The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Merlin, The Mirror of Merlin.
Bellairs, John  The Dark Secret of Weatherend Fourteen year old Anthony Mundy and the town librarian try to prevent an evil wizard from turning the world into an icy wasteland.
Cooper, Susan  The Boggart After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.
Cooper, Susan  The Dark Is Rising Three children set out to find King Arthur’s grail, touching off a struggle between the forces of good and evil, the Light and the Dark.
Coville, Bruce  The Dragonslayers A brave squire, an earnest page and a strong-willed princess set out to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch’s revenge.
Dahl, Roald  The Witches A boy and his grandmother thwart the plans of England’s witches to turn all children into mice.
Eager, Edward  Half Magic Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.
Eager, Edward  The Time Garden While spending the summer in a house by the sea, four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, discover a bank of wild thyme whose magic propels them on a series of adventures back and forth through time.
Ende, Michael  The Neverending Story Bastian travels through the aptly-named realm of Fantastica to complete a noble quest.
Ibbotson, Eva  The Secret of Platform 13 Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen’s son who had been stolen as an infant.
Jones, Diana Wynne  The Dark Lord of Derkholm An unconventional wizard and his magical family become involved in a plan to stop the devastating tours of their world arranged by tyrannical Mr. Chesney.
Jones, Diana Wynne  Witch Week Magical chaos fills class 6B when a group of witch orphans begin playing magic tricks.
L’Engle, Madeline  Time Fantasy series Members of the Wallace family travel through space and time to battle against cruelty, injustice and intolerance in classic struggles between good and evil. Titles: A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Many Waters.
Levine, Gail  Ella Enchanted In this unique version of the Cinderella story, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given her.
Lewis, C.S.  Chronicles of Narnia Series Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter the magical world of Narnia through a mirrored wardrobe and find a magical world of fauns, witches, nymphs, dwarves and talking animals. They fight many battles and eventually become rulers of the land. Titles: The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician’s Nephew; The Last Battle.
McGowen, Tom  The Magician’s Apprentice Tigg the pickpocket burgles the house of Armindor the magician, but instead of punishing him, Armindor takes Tigg as an apprentice and the two set out on a dangerous and exciting journey in search of lost spells from the Age of Magic. Other books in this series include: The Magician’s Company, The Magician’s Challenge.
McKinley, Robin  The Blue Sword Harry is kidnapped by the King of the Damarians, and comes reluctantly to realize that they possess the same mysterious powers.
Nesbit, E.  Five Children and It While digging in a sandpit, 5 children discover a Psammead -a creature with mysterious powers who leads the children into adventure and excitement. Sequels: The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet.
Pullman, Philip  The Golden Compass Accompanied by her animal-like daemon, Lyra tries to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from being the subject of experiments. Sequel: The Subtle Knife.
Regan, Dian  Princess Nevermore When a Mandrian princess makes a wish in a wizard’s circle, she winds up on Earth alone and without the means or desire to return home.
Smith, L. J.  The Night of the Solstice Four children must rescue a good sorceress from captivity in a parallel world so she can prevent the wicked sorcerer Cadal Forge from entering their own world and enslaving it.
Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Hobbit One day Gandalf the wizard knocks on Bilbo Baggins’s door, and suddenly Bilbo is swept into an adventure with dwarfs, goblins, elves, a dragon, and a strange creature named Gollum.
Winthrop, Elizabeth  The Castle in the Attic William is given a toy medieval castle as a gift, and is magically transported to another world of wizards and dragons. Here he must fight a battle between good and evil. Sequel: The Battle for the Castle.
Wrede, Patricia  Enchanted Forest  series Princess Cimorene would rather be eaten by a dragon than marry a dull prince like a proper princess – so she volunteers to be captured by the powerful dragon Kazul. Tired of dealing with princes, she offers to assist a dragon-wizard. Sequels include: Dealing With Dragons, Searching For Dragons, Calling On Dragons, Talking To Dragons.
(compiled by the Hewlett-Woodmere PublicLibrary (N.Y.) Youth Services Department)

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