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Magic and Fantasy for Upper Elementary


Fans of Goddess Girls, Whatever After, and Harry Potter can look here for more magical, mythical, and fairytale style adventures.

Possessing an ability to talk with magical creatures, including griffins, unicorns, and Fuzzles, Pip uses her talent to update a magic reference book and investigate a fuzzles invasion in spite of her friend Tomas' allergies. Part of the Pip Bartlett series.

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley

Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. Mystery, adventure, and a daring rescue ensue. Part of the Sisters Grimm series.

Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
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How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse? At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, but strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Afterward, try the companion story Ogre Enchanted.

Witch week by Diana Wynne Jones

There are good witches and bad witches, but the law says that all witches must be burned at the stake. The students in 6B are nervous when an anonymous note warns of a witch, especially the boy who's just discovered that he can cast spells and the girl who was named after the most famous witch of all. Part of the Chrestomanci series.

Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Podkin and his siblings must go on the run when the villainous Gorm invade their home and enslave their clan. Facing pursuit and treachery at every turn, they must find allies and refuge if they are to survive-and fight to reclaim their world from the Gorm scourge. Part of the Longburrow series.

Hilda and the hidden people by Stephen Davies

When the tiny, invisible elves start harassing Hilda and her mother, Hilda must negotiate peace with the magical creatures so she doesn't have to move to Trolberg City. Part of the Hilda chapter book series, based on the Graphic Novels by Luke Pearson.

The storybook of legends by Shannon Hale

At Ever After High, a boarding school for the sons and daughters of famous fairy-tale characters, students Apple White and Raven Queen face the moment when they must choose whether to follow their destinies, or change them. Part of the Ever After High series.

Twelve-year-old Rowan, a reluctant heir to the throne, has her fate upended by a tragedy when she finds herself hunting the dangerous gryphon, accompanied by a feisty baby jackalope and a giant wolf that barely tolerates her. Begins the Royal Guide to Monster Slaying series.

Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends. Part of the Unusual Chickens series.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable--it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians--but it's hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam--and for Jennifer. Part of the Chronicles of Kazam series.

Howl's moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. The story continues in Castle in the Air.

The serpent's secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself ordinary, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes--and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world. Part of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series.

Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. 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. Part of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

Aru Shah and the end of time by Roshani Chokshi

Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon. Part of the Pandava series.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
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There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other. Also try the companion novel, Whichwood.