Discover New Fantasy Books for Your Kids
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training (book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce (ages 7 – 9)
Even more fun than the first book, Pip must help neurotic Regent Maximus survive the unicorn competition at the Triple Trident, a magical creatures fair and competition. Filled with fun facts about unusual creatures, her good friend, Tomas, and a mysterious unicorn tail chopper-offer, this is an entertaining page-turner.
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (ages 7 – 9)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (ages 8 – 12)
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (ages 8 – 12)
Frogkisser by Garth Nix (ages 8 – 12)
Borrowing from fairy tales and fantasy legends, Garth Nix has created a new tale all his own about a Princess who, to save her sister’s cursed-to-be-a-frog former boyfriend, embarks on a Quest. Oh, and she must try to save the kingdom from her wicked stepfather wizard, too. She’s accompanied by a royal dog, a boy-turned-Newt, and an otter-turned-girl. Along the way, she learns about the true history of the area from allies such as the good thieves and good magicians. It took me about a third of the book to really get into the story but once I did, it picked up and I enjoyed the interesting plot twists, characters, and homages to former stories.
Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren (ages 8 – 12)
You know you love a story when you can’t wait for the sequel! You’ll fall in love with Valor, a dedicated sister who attempts to kill the prince in order to get sent to jail to help her sister is falsely imprisoned. Of course, the breakout doesn’t go as planned. Other prisoners (all kids) want to know what she’s up to and she doesn’t know who to trust. Be ready for an exciting plot twist, terrific characters, and lots of action.
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (ages 8 – 12)
A strange board game gifted from her aunt, sucks Farah’s little brother into the game. Literally. He’s gone from Farah’s home. She and her two friends join the game to save him. In order to do so, they must play the Architect’s “game” which isn’t easy or fair in a shifting Bangladesh-looking world with fantastical and steampunk elements. The tasks rely on Farah’s game knowledge of Mancala, puzzles, and riddles. So before or during reading, get our your Mancala game and practice! Fantastic world-building with diverse cultural elements.
Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst(ages 8 – 12)