If you like magic, suspense, and humor, try one of these stories.
(Recommended by the Duluth Public Library)
Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville
When an ordinary looking fifth grader purchases a talking toad, she embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures.
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.
The Skull of Truth by Bruce Coville
Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies, acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth, causing some awkward moments before he understands its power.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
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Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles 001) by Tony DiTerlizzi
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles 002) by Tony DiTerlizzi
Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.
Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori
When their father is kidnapped and danger looms, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their Scottish castle.
Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori
The Strega-Borgia children accidentally create 500 clones of themselves at the same time that the roof on their Scottish castle falls in, attracting evil contractors who want their home.
Time Stops for No Mouse (A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure) by Michael Hoeye
When Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into his shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a world of dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to her. (Sequel: The Sands of Time)
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel.
Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
The Great Wizard Arriman announces a competition among the witches of Todcaster to decide who will marry him.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie finds herself in the castle of the dreaded Wizard Howl when a witch turns her into an old woman.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers that provides a cure for his boredom.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
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In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against her childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
The Accidental Witch by Anne Mazer
Ten-year-old Phoebe is thrilled when she accidentally becomes a novice witch but soon wonders if she will ever develop and control her powers.
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.
Happily Ever After by Anna Quindlen
When a girl who loves to read fairy tales is transported back to medieval times, she finds that the life of a princess in a castle is less fun than she imagined.
Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
When Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table.
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest. (Sequel: The Battle for the Castle)
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom. (Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) Book 2: Searching for Dragons. Book 3: Calling on Dragons. Book 4: Talking to Dragons.)
A Plague of Sorcerers by Mary Zambreno
Jermyn, a newly-apprenticed wizard, and Delia, his skunk, must find a way to stop a magic plague when it begins to take its toll of the wizards in the Empire.