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Fantastic Fiction:
Great Fantasy Books for Ages 11 to 17

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren and Megan Schliesman with Hollis Rudiger
© 2005 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

This bibliography was originally developed for the 2005 Wisconsin Summer Library Reading Program. It is 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.

Most of the book in this bibliography have been classified into one of the following categories, although many of the titles could easily fit into more than one:

  • Journeys, Quests and Discoveries
  • Magic and Mayhem
  • Eerie & Unnatural
  • Girl Power
  • Fairy Tales Unfolded
  • Reality with a Twist
  • Historical Imaginings
  • Superheroes & Superpowers

    The comics and graphic novels featured in the Superheroes & Superpowers section often are titles that have multiple volumes. Here, and throughout this list, we have just highlighted the first one or two titles of a series.

    Looking for ideas for younger readers? Check out Fantasy for 9 to 12 Year Olds: Borrowers, Boggarts, Broomsticks and Beyond. Looking for speculative or science fiction? Check out Possibilities: Selected Speculative and Science Fiction for Children and Teens.


    Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
    Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


    Journeys, Quests and Discoveries

      Chee, Traci. The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, Book 1). Putnam, 2016. 442 pages. 13 and older

      Fisher, Catherine. The Oracle Betrayed: Book One of the Oracle Prophecies. U.S. edition: Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2004. 341 pages. Age 13 and older

      Johnston, E. K.. Spindle. Hyperion, 2016. 355 pages. 13 and older

      Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 399 pages. Ages 13 and older

      Miyabe, Miyuki. Brave Story. Translated by Alexander O. Smith. U.S. edition: Viz Media, 2007. 816 pages. Ages 10-14

      Nix, Garth. A Confusion of Princes. Harper / HarperCollins, 2012. 337 pages. Ages 13 and older

      Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass: Book One in His Dark Materials. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. 399 pages. Ages 11 - 14

      Zinn, Bridget. Poison. Hyperion, 2013. 188 pages. Ages 11-14


    Magic and Mayhem

      Bow, Erin. Plain Kate. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2010. 314 pages. Ages 10 - 13

      Knox, Elizabeth. Mortal Fire. U.S. edition: Frances Foster/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013. 436 pages. Age 14 and older

      Larbalastier, Justine. How to Ditch Your Fairy. Bloomsbury, 2008. 304 pages. Ages 11-14

      Nix, Garth. Newt’s Emerald. Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2015. 291 pages. Age 12 and older

      Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. St. Martin's Griffin, 2015. 528 pages. Age 12 and older

      Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Little, Brown, 2011. 418 pages. Age 13 and older


    Eerie & Unnatural

      Brosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. First Second, 2011. 221 pages. Age 12 and older

      Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamhunter (Book One of the Dreamhunter Duet). Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 365 pages. Ages 12-16

      Leavitt, Martine. Keturah and Lord Death. Front Street, 2006. 216 pages. Age 12 and older

      Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2015. 297 pages. Ages 13 and older

      Stroud, Jonathan. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., Book One). Disney/Hyperion, 2013. 390 pages. Ages 11-15

      Yovanoff, Brenna. The Replacement. Razorbill, 2010. 343 pages. Ages 13 and older


    Girl Power

      Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2011. 423 pages. Ages 12-16

      Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. Harcourt, 2008. 471 pages. Age 13 and older

      Hartley, A.J. . Steeplejack. Tor Teen, 2016. 334 pages. 12 and older

      Hellisen, Cat. Beastkeeper. Henry Holt, 2015. 197 pages. Ages 11–14

      LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 549 pages. Age 14 and older


    Fairy Tales Unfolded

      Johnston, E. K.. A Thousand Nights. Hyperion, 2015. 325 pages. Age 13 and older

      Lo, Malindo. Ash. Little, Brown, 2009. 264 pages. Ages 13 and older

      McNeal, Tom. Far, Far Away. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 371 pages. Age 14 and older

      Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. Atheneum, 2004. 192 pages. Ages 12 - 16

      Werlin, Nancy. Impossible. Dial, 2008. 376 pages. Age 12 and older


    Reality with a Twist

      Arsenault, Emily. The Leaf Reader. Soho Teen, 2017. 240 pages. Age 13 and older

      Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Little, Brown, 2013. 419 pages. Ages 14 and older

      Fowley-Doyle, Moïra. The Accident Season. U.S. edition: Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin, 2015. 291 pages. Age 13 and older

      Green, Sally . Half Bad. Viking/ Penguin, 2014. 394 pages. Ages 13 and Older

      Johnston, E. K.. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondeim. Carolrhoda Lab , 2014. 305 pages. Ages 12 and Older

      Kim, Derek Kirk. Vanishing Point. (Tune: Book 1) . First Second, 2012. 155 pages. Age 16 and older

      Lanagan, Margo. The Brides of Rollrock Island. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 305 pages. Age 14 and older

      Lehrman, Maggie. The Cost of All Things. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2015. 407 pages. Age 12 and older

      Link, Kelly and Gavin J. Grant . Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales. Candlewick Press, 2014. 467 pages. Ages 13 and Older

      Lyga, Barry. MangaMan. Illustrated by Colleen Doran. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 125 pages. Age 12 and older

      Moskowitz, Hannah. Teeth. Simon Pulse, 2013. 246 pages. Age 14 and older

      Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. HarperCollins, 2015. 317 pages pages. Age 13 and older

      Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2015. 345 pages. Age 14 and older

      Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinter Blood. U.S. edition: Roaring Brook Press, 2013. 272 pages. Age 14 and older

      Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys. Scholastic Press, 2012. 409 pages. Age 13 and older


    Historical Imaginings

      Billingsley, Franny. Chime. Dial, 2011. 361 pages. Age 13 and older

      Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1). U.S. edition: Dial, 2010. 442 pages. Ages 12 and older

      Grant, editor, Kelly and Gavin J. Grant, editor . Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories. Candlewick Press, 2011. 420 pages. Age 12 and older

      Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. Illustrated by James Noel Smith. Bloomsbury, 2007. 306 pages. Ages 11-15

      Hand, Cynthia and Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows . My Lady Jane. HarperTeen, 2016. 491 pages. Age 12 and older

      Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Amulet / Abrams, 2016. 377 pages. 12 and older

      Jennings, Patrick. The Wolving Time. Scholastic Press, 2003. 197 pages. Ages 10 - 14

      Larbalestier, Justine. Razorhurst. U.S. edition: Soho Teen / Soho Press, 2015. 309 pages. Age 14 and older

      Wein, Elizabeth E. . The Sunbird. Viking, 2004. 184 pages. Ages 13 - 17

      Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse, 2009. 440 pages. Ages 10 - 14


    Superheroes & Superpowers

      Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Random House, 2017. 369 pages. Age 11 and older

      Ferraiolo, Jack D.. Sidekicks. Amulet/Abrams, 2011. 309 pages. Ages 11-14

      Lee, C. B.. Not Your Sidekick. Interlude Press, 2016. 283 pages. 12 and older

      McCloud, Scott. Sculptor. First Second, 2015. 487 pages. Age 15 and older

      Moore, Perry. Hero. Hyperion , 2007. 428 pages. Age 12 and older

      Reynolds, Jason. Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Marvel Press, 2017. 261 pages. Age 11 and older

      Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. Illustrated by Sonny Liew. First Second, 2014. 158 pages. Ages 14 and Older



    This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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