Fantasy Books for Kids

Full of mythical creatures, legendary quests, and daring heroes, these fantasy books are sure to leave your kids enchanted and spellbound. Whether your kids became fantasy fans after tearing through the best-selling Harry Potter book series or have always loved stories about magic and enchanted lands, this list is full of books that will push the limits of kids' imaginations. So enjoy one of these epic adventures, absorbing mysteries, and magical tales that are sure to delight and bewitch.

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Miss Maple's Seeds Book Poster Image
Lyrical fantasy celebrates the magic of seeds and seasons.
By Eliza Wheeler
(2013)
(2013)
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Flotsam Book Poster Image
Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2007)
(2006)
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Journey Book Poster Image
Enchanting art, wordless fantasy lead kids to tell story.
By Aaron Becker
(2013)
(2013)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Poster Image
Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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Dory and the Real True Friend: Dory Fantasmagory, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Six-year-old imaginations run riot in appealing sequel.
By Abby Hanlon
(2015)
(2015)
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Journey to the Lights: Disney Frozen: Northern Lights Book Poster Image
Upbeat "Frozen" spin-off is an easy chapter book for fans.
By Suzanne Francis
(2016)
(2016)
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Milo Speck, Accidental Agent Book Poster Image
Funny fantasy encourages problem-solving, resilience.
By Linda Urban
(2015)
(2015)
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Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
(1999)
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The Adventurers Guild Book Poster Image
Kids battle monsters in fun, heroic, action-packed saga.
By Zack Loran Clark, Nick Eliopulos
(2017)
(2017)
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The Carpet People Book Poster Image
Funny fantasy about tiny rug folk a wry satire of leaders.
By Terry Pratchett
(2013)
(2013)
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The Creature of the Pines: The Unicorn Rescue Society, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kids save mythical creature in sweet, funny fantasy.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2018)
(2018)
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Endling #1: The Last Book Poster Image
Fast-paced animal fantasy tackles theme of extinction.
By Katherine Applegate
(2018)
(2018)
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Evangeline of the Bayou Book Poster Image
Exciting thrills and chills in mysterious supernatural tale.
By Jan Eldredge
(2018)
(2018)
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Finding Serendipity Book Poster Image
Bold girl dives into author mom's story in wild romp.
By Angelica Banks
(2015)
(2015)
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Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times Book Poster Image
Clockwork fantasy adventure is delightful but a bit dark.
By Emma Trevayne
(2014)
(2014)
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The Gauntlet Book Poster Image
Family, friendship at heart of exciting game-world fantasy.
By Karuna Riazi
(2017)
(2017)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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How to Be a Supervillain: How to Be a Supervillain, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Silly, sweet, but slight send-up of heroes and villains.
By Michael Fry
(2017)
(2017)
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The Imaginary Book Poster Image
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
(2015)
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The Lifters Book Poster Image
Quirky fable promotes family, community, teamwork.
By Dave Eggers
(2018)
(2018)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
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The Lost Property Office:  Section 13, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Action, suspense fuel steampunk fantasy set in London.
By James R. Hannibal
(2016)
(2016)
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The Map to Everywhere Book Poster Image
Thrilling fantasy series opener makes a great read-aloud.
By Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
(2014)
(2014)
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Mark of the Thief, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting kickoff to fantasy series in ancient Rome.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2015)
(2015)
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My Diary from the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
Magical, heartbreaking story about family and friendship.
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
(2015)
(2015)
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A Pack Divided: Survivors, The Gathering Darkness, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting post-disaster dog fantasy best for fans of series.
By Erin Hunter
(2015)
(2015)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
(1904)
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Podkin One-Ear: Longburrow, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Brave rabbits meet scary monsters in exciting series start.
By Kieran Larwood
(2017)
(2017)
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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Book Poster Image
Enchanting fantasy boasts spirited heroine, loving family.
By Astrid Lindgren
(2016)
(1985)
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Tumble & Blue Book Poster Image
Boy and girl team up to find new fates in magical adventure.
By Cassie Beasley
(2017)
(2017)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
(2016)
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The Witch Boy Book Poster Image
Sensitive fantasy graphic novel explores gender roles.
By Molly Ostertag
(2017)
(2017)
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The Wizards of Once Book Poster Image
Winning combination of action and humor in fun fantasy.
By Cressida Cowell
(2017)
(2017)
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Artemis Fowl Book 1 Book Poster Image
Witty and exciting series start with irresistible antihero.
By Eoin Colfer
(2014)
(2001)
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Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Flawed but fascinating modern spin on Indian mythology.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2018)
(2018)
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The Boundless Book Poster Image
Gripping historical adventure aboard a gigantic train.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2014)
(2014)
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The Box and the Dragonfly: The Keepers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Twisty brainteaser of a fantasy is a keeper.
By Ted Sanders
(2015)
(2015)
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Breadcrumbs Book Poster Image
Brilliant tale of girl's enchanted-woods search for friend.
By Anne Ursu
(2011)
(2011)
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The Dark Is Rising Book Poster Image
Classic fantasy is a bit slow, but enthralling.
By Susan Cooper
(2003)
(1973)
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Darkmouth: The Legends Begin: Darkmouth, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Reluctant monster hunter steps up in clever, funny fantasy.
By Shane Hegarty
(2016)
(2015)
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Dragon Captives: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Slow start, solid characters in Unwanteds spin-off series.
By Lisa McMann
(2017)
(2017)
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Going Wild Book Poster Image
Superpowered series start has thrills, appealing characters.
By Lisa McMann
(2016)
(2016)
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Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
One of the best of the post-Potter fantasies.
By Suzanne Collins
(2005)
(2005)
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The Language of Spells Book Poster Image
Viennese girl meets dragon in sweet, poignant fantasy.
By Garret Weyr
(2018)
(2018)
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The Last Gargoyle Book Poster Image
Sweetness, monsters, gore in darkly appealing fantasy.
By Paul Durham
(2018)
(2018)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Luck Uglies Book Poster Image
Strong heroine faces monsters and mayhem in fun fantasy.
By Paul Durham
(2014)
(2014)
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Book Poster Image
First-rate, spellbinding story of misfit girl who's magic.
By Jessica Townsend
(2017)
(2017)
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Nightbooks Book Poster Image
Witch holds kids captive in creepy but sweet fantasy tale.
By J.A. White
(2018)
(2018)
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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Book Poster Image
Huge gift book of Percy-narrated Greek myths is tons of fun.
By Rick Riordan
(2014)
(2014)
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Rebel Genius: Rebel Geniuses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Creative fantasy blends art, mysticism, math, and magic.
By Michael Dante DiMartino
(2016)
(2016)
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The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rushed, fun adventure with Indian princess in combat boots.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2018)
(2018)
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Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Book Poster Image
Fab art and cool new world as time periods collide.
By Armand Baltazar
(2017)
(2017)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories Book Poster Image
Young Pratchett fans will enjoy early lighthearted tales.
By Terry Pratchett
(2017)
(2017)
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The Wonderling Book Poster Image
Peril, appealing characters fill rich, imaginative fantasy.
By Mira Bartok
(2017)
(2017)
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The Book of Boy Book Poster Image
Boy seeks relics in fun, mystical Middle Ages fantasy.
By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
(2018)
(2018)
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The Cabinet of Earths Book Poster Image
American kids find magical, creepy adventure in Paris.
By Anne Nesbet
(2011)
(2012)
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A Crack in the Sea Book Poster Image
Unusual mix of history and fantasy makes an engrossing read.
By H. M. Bouwman
(2017)
(2017)
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The Dragonet Prophecy: Wings of Fire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Buddy dragon story surprisingly dark and bloody.
By Tui T. Sutherland
(2016)
(2012)
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Frogkisser! Book Poster Image
Bold princess gets a silly nickname in fun questing tale.
By Garth Nix
(2017)
(2017)
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Book Poster Image
Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2016)
(2016)
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The Glass Town Game Book Poster Image
Fairyland author channels Brontë kids in wild fantasy tale.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2017)
(2017)
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(2005)
(1998)
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The Ice Dragon Book Poster Image
Beautifully illustrated dragon fantasy is short but intense.
By George R. R. Martin
(2014)
(2014)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Book Poster Image
Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2016)
(2016)
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The Mighty Odds Book Poster Image
Fun, thoughtful mystery deals with superpowers, bullying.
By Amy Ignatow
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy-like hero.
By Rick Riordan
(2015)
(2015)
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The Tournament at Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Slow start to prequel series with stalwart characters.
By John Flanagan
(2015)
(2015)
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Whichwood Book Poster Image
Lush, dark fantasy has magical teens, ghosts, the undead.
By Tahereh Mafi
(2017)
(2017)
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The Witch's Boy Book Poster Image
Exciting, moving magical adventure explores love and greed.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2014)
(2014)
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A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
(2006)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Book Poster Image
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
(2017)
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The Finisher Book Poster Image
Hunger Games, Potter fans will enjoy exciting fantasy.
By David Baldacci
(2014)
(2014)
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The Accidental Highwayman Book Poster Image
Bandits and faeries mix in rollicking fantasy series debut.
By Ben Tripp
(2014)
(2014)
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Beasts Made of Night Book Poster Image
Riveting, intricately detailed, Africa-influenced fantasy.
By Tochi Onyebuchi
(2017)
(2017)
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Down the Mysterly River Book Poster Image
Clever fantasy adventure a great choice for middle graders.
By Bill Willingham
(2011)
(2011)
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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Book Poster Image
Gripping fantasy with strong characters, humor, adventure.
By F.C. Yee
(2017)
(2017)
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Everland Book Poster Image
Steampunk version of Peter Pan takes a dark turn.
By Wendy Spinale
(2016)
(2016)
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The Glass Sentence: The Mapmakers Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dense, complex map tale a treat for seasoned fantasy fans.
By S. E. Grove
(2014)
(2014)
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Heartless Book Poster Image
Queen of Hearts origin story is fanciful, not too dark.
By Marissa Meyer
(2016)
(2016)
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Piper Book Poster Image
Dark, violent retelling of creepy legend has gorgeous art.
By Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg
(2017)
(2017)
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Rebel of the Sands Book Poster Image
Wild West meets Arabian Nights in exciting fantasy kickoff.
By Alwyn Hamilton
(2016)
(2016)
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Scorpion Shards: The Star Shards Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kids use psychic powers in exciting, X-Men-like thriller.
By Neal Shusterman
(2016)
(2013)
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Shadowshaper: The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Art-filled urban fantasy has outstanding Afro-Latina hero.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2016)
(2015)
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Soundless Book Poster Image
Solid standalone fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore.
By Richelle Mead
(2015)
(2015)
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Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Strong characters, murder fill exciting magic-academy tale.
By Tamora Pierce
(2018)
(2018)
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Wires and Nerve: The Lunar Chronicles Series, Vol. 1 Book Poster Image
Tough female droid fuels fun Lunar Chronicles graphic novel.
By Marissa Meyer
(2017)
(2017)
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The Valiant Book Poster Image
Female gladiator brings it in violent, exciting tale.
By Lesley Livingston
(2017)
(2017)
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The Young Elites, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Taut tale mixes medieval fantasy, mutant powers, great cast.
By Marie Lu
(2014)
(2014)
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Agent of Chaos: The X-Files Origins, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Series pictures Mulder as teen, captures essence of TV show.
By Kami Garcia
(2017)
(2017)
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All the Crooked Saints Book Poster Image
Lovely, lyrical family story explores miracles and music.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2017)
(2017)
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The Belles Book Poster Image
Richly imagined dark fantasy explores the price of beauty.
By Dhonielle Clayton
(2018)
(2018)
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The Black Witch: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Overlong but engaging fantasy tackles prejudice.
By Laurie Forest
(2017)
(2017)
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Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Young women aim to save magic in exciting African fantasy.
By Tomi Adeyemi
(2018)
(2018)
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Devil's Advocate: The X-Files Origins, Book 2 Book Poster Image
TV series fans will enjoy teen Scully-centered mystery.
By Jonathan Maberry
(2017)
(2017)
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Dread Nation Book Poster Image
Riveting alt-history post-Civil War zombie thriller.
By Justina Ireland
(2018)
(2018)
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The Edge of Everything Book Poster Image
Fantasy and real-world violence mix in soaring series start.
By Jeff Giles
(2017)
(2017)
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Flame in the Mist Book Poster Image
Riveting Mulan-themed adventure set in feudal Japan.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2017)
(2017)
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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns:  Rise of the Empress, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Vivid dark-fantasy series off to a compelling start.
By Julie C. Dao
(2017)
(2017)
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The Hazel Wood Book Poster Image
Captivating tale of teen thrust into the world of folklore.
By Melissa Albert
(2018)
(2018)
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Isle of Blood and Stone: Tower of Winds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Historical fantasy weaves clever mystery plot.
By Makiia Lucier
(2018)
(2018)
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Jane, Unlimited Book Poster Image
Five offbeat, inventive stories in one wild mansion.
By Kristin Cashore
(2017)
(2017)
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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Book Poster Image
Deliciously dark, illustrated Grisha world fairy tales.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2017)
(2017)
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Moon Chosen:  Tales of a New World, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Hefty, exciting, violent fantasy of human and animal allies.
By P.C. Cast
(2016)
(2016)
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A New Darkness Book Poster Image
Spooky spin-off series introduces a gifted girl apprentice.
By Joseph Delaney
(2014)
(2014)
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Red Queen: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.
By Victoria Aveyard
(2015)
(2015)
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Spellbook of the Lost and Found Book Poster Image
Eerie, unsettling, magical story about loss and love.
By Moira Fowley-Doyle
(2017)
(2017)
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Stealing Snow Book Poster Image
Dark "Snow Queen" reboot will thrill fantasy fans.
By Danielle Paige
(2016)
(2016)
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The Thief Book Poster Image
Clever historical fantasy has crafty, delightful narrator.
By Megan Whalen Turner
(2016)
(2017)
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Wicked Like a Wildfire Book Poster Image
Magical twins chase a family curse in absorbing fantasy.
By Lana Popovic
(2017)
(2017)
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Wild Beauty Book Poster Image
Lush, lyrical magical realism tale of love and family curse.
By Anna-Marie McLemore
(2018)
(2017)
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Afterworlds Book Poster Image
Suspenseful paranormal romance pulls off parallel plots.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2014)
(2014)
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Ash Princess Book Poster Image
Torture, genocide make absorbing fantasy for mature teens.
By Laura Sebastian
(2018)
(2018)
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The Book of Dust, Book 1: La Belle Sauvage Book Poster Image
Nail-biting start to trilogy in His Dark Materials world.
By Philip Pullman
(2017)
(2017)
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Dividing Eden: Dividing Eden, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Deadly duel between royal twins frequently surprises.
By Joelle Charbonneau
(2017)
(2017)
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The Last Magician, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Clever con schemes distinguish New York City fantasy.
By Lisa Maxwell
(2017)
(2017)
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Midnight at the Electric Book Poster Image
Riveting blend of past and future explores love, choice.
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
(2017)
(2017)
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Munmun Book Poster Image
Wealth equals size in unique, laugh-out-loud satire.
By Jesse Andrews
(2018)
(2018)
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here Book Poster Image
Smart coming-of-age fantasy focuses on "regular" kids.
By Patrick Ness
(2015)
(2015)
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This Savage Song: Monsters of Verity, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Complex fantasy expertly explores good and evil.
By Victoria Schwab
(2016)
(2016)
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Sky in the Deep Book Poster Image
Intense, bloody Viking warrior tale with female hero.
By Adrienne Young
(2018)
(2018)
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Six of Crows Book Poster Image
Riveting, violent fantasy of flawed teens on a mission.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2015)
(2015)
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The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Hint of magic in absorbing 1,001 Nights-themed love story.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2016)
(2015)
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Zeroes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Clever but overlong tale of superpowered misfit teens.
By Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
(2015)
(2015)
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