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Fantasy for 9 to 12 Year Olds:
Borrowers, Boggarts, Broomsticks and Beyond

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren
© 2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

Book selection for this bibliography was driven by subject matter, literary quality, and age range. The titles included all fit somewhere within the wide scope of the fantasy genre, and are at a reading and interest level suitable to children between the ages of nine and twelve. Books were placed in the thematic category where they were thought to fit best, but many would be appropriate in multiple categories. The age range for all the books includes a portion of the nine- to twelve-year-old window, but some extend below the younger end for independent reading, others could be read aloud to children under the age of nine, and several will appeal to young teenagers as well as children. In the case of series, we've listed only the first title in the series.

Looking for ideas for middle and high-school age readers? Check out Fantastic Fiction: Great Fantasy Books for Ages 11-17. Looking for speculative or science fiction? Check out Possibilities: Selected Speculative and Science Fiction for Children and Teens.


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Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


Quests and Quandries

    Aguirre, Jorge. Giants Beware! . Illustrated by Rafael Rosado. First Second, 2012. 202 pages. Ages 710

    Aguirre, Jorge. Dragons Beware! . Illustrated by Rafael Rosado. First Second, 2015. 153 pages. Ages 710

    Cooper, Susan. Over Sea, Under Stone. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. Ages 10 - 14

    Crossley-Holland, Kevin. The Seeing Stone: Book One in the Arthur Trilogy. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001. 342 pages. Ages 10 - 15

    Crum, Shutta. Thomas and the Dragon Queen. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 267 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Gaiman, Neil. Odd and the Frost Giants. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. HarperCollins, 2009. 117 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale . Rapunzel's Revenge. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury, 2008. 144 pages. Ages 10-15

    L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962. Ages 9 - 12

    Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Little, Brown, 2009. 278 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Lin, Grace. Starry River of the Sky. Little, Brown, 2012. 288 pages. Ages 812

    McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Stones Are Hatching. HarperCollins, 2000. 230 pages. Ages 9 - 13

    Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Book 1). Miramax Books / Hyperion, 2005. 375 pages. Ages 11-15

    Rodda, Emily. Rowan of Rin. U.S. edition: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2001. 151 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Stevenson, Noelle and Grace Ellis . Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy. Illustrated by Brooke Allen. BOOM! Box, 2015. 127 pages. Age 8 and older

    Thomson, Sarah L.. Dragon's Egg. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2007. 267 pages. Ages 8-11

    Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible. Dial, 2015. 242 pages. Ages 812


Magical Mayhem

    Furlong, Monica. Wise Child. (A Borzoi Book) Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. 228 pages. Age 11 and older

    Gardner, Lyn. Into the Woods. Illustrated by Mini Grey. U.S. edition: David Fickling Books, 2007. 428 pages. Ages 9-13

    Gruber, Michael. The Witch's Boy. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2005. 377 pages. Ages 10-14

    Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle. U.S. edition: Greenwillow, 1986. 212 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Oliver, Lauren. Liesl & Po. Illustrated by Kei Acedera. Harper/HarperCollins, 2011. 307 pages. Ages 8-12

    Rowling, J.K.. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 1998. 309 pages. Age 9 and older

    Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Night Fairy. Illustrated by Angela Barrett. Candlewick Press, 2010. 117 pages. Ages 7-10

    Stanley, Diane. The Silver Bowl. Harper/HarperCollins, 2011. 307 pages. Ages 10-14

    Ursu, Anne. The Real Boy. Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins, 2013. 341 pages. Ages 8-11


Twists on Reality

    Billingsley, Franny. Well Wished. Jean Karl/Atheneum, 1997. 170 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Creech, Sharon. The Unfinished Angel. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2009. 164 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Creech, Sharon. The Great Unexpected. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2012. 226 pages. Ages 810

    Jenkins, Emily. Invisible Inkling. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2011. 153 pages. Ages 7-10

    Jones, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Illustrated by Katie Kath. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 216 pages. Ages 8-11

    Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr. Putnam, 2011. 368 pages. Ages 10-14

    Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. Illustrated by Diana Stanley. Harcourt, 2003. 148 pages. Ages 8 - 12

    Pearce, A. Phillipa. Tom's Midnight Garden. Illustrated by Susan Einzig. U.S. edition: Lippincott, 1958. Ages 9 - 12

    Reinhardt, Dana. Odessa Again. Illustrated by Susan Reagan. Wendy Lamb Books, 2013. 195 pages. Ages 7-10

    Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Bayou Magic. Little, Brown, 2015. 239 pages. Ages 811

    Soo, Kean. Jellaby. Hyperion, 2008. 143 pages. Ages 7-14

    Ursu, Anne. Breadcrumbs. Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins, 2011. 312 pages. Ages 9-12

    Van Allsburg, Chris. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 195 pages. Ages 9-13

    Walsh, Pat. The Crowfield Curse. Chicken House/Scholastic, 2010. 336 pages. Ages 9 - 13


Ghostly Shivers and Spine-Tingling Tales

    Bauer, Marion Dane. Ghost Eye. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Scholastic, 1992. 82 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Black, Holly. Doll Bones. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. McElderry Books, 2013. 244 pages. Ages 9-13

    Cotter, Charis. The Swallow: A Ghost Story. Tundra Books, 2014. 318 pages. Ages 9-12

    Delaney, Joseph. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2005. 368 pages. Ages 10-14

    Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Illustrated by Dave McKean. HarperCollins, 2008. 312 pages. Ages 10-14

    Harrold, A. F. . The Imaginary. Illustrated by Emily Gravett. Bloomsbury, 2015. 221 pages. Ages 710

    Hartnett, Sonya. The Children of the King. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2014. 272 pages. Ages 9-13

    Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant. HarperCollins, 2007. 392 pages. Ages 10-14

    Mahy, Margaret. The Haunting. U.S. edition: Atheneum, 1982. 135 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Schlitz, Laura Amy. Splendors and Glooms. Candlewick Press, 2012. 384 pages. Ages 811

    Smith, Ronald L.. Hoodoo. Clarion, 2015. 208 pages. 9-12


Extraordinary Animals

    Appelt, Kathi. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. Atheneum, 2013. 326 pages. Ages 8-11

    Beck, W.H.. Malcolm at Midnight. Illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 265 pages. Ages 710

    Broach, Elise. Masterpiece. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2008. 292 pages. Ages 8-11

    DiCamillo, Kate. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Illustrated by K. G. Campbell. Candlewick Press, 2013. 240 pages. Ages 8-10

    DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick Press, 2003. 267 pages. Ages 7 - 11

    Hoban, Russell. The Mouse and His Child. Illustrated by David Small. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Press, 2001. 244 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    LeGuin, Ursula K.. Catwings. Illustrated by S. D. Schindler. Scholastic, 1988. Ages 5 - 9

    Peck, Richard. Secrets at Sea. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Dial, 2011. 238 pages. Ages 8-12

    Perkins, Lynne Rae. Nuts to You. Greenwillow/ HarperCollins, 2014. 259 pages. Ages 6-9

    Reiche, Dietlof. I, Freddy. Translated by John Brownjohn, from the German. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2003. 201 pages. Ages 8 - 11



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