Fantastical Fiction for Intermediate Students

Author Paul Sweeney once said, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” That is exactly how I felt after turning the last page in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as many other fantasy books and series (Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time). I am somewhat heartbroken (in a good way) after every good book I read, but especially those of the fantasy genre. I adore the concept of anything being possible and how fantasy can make us wonder about magic, adventure, and mystery. Who wouldn’t like to think that Hogwarts might really exist? (And if it does, please take me to 9 3/4 so I can hop on the train!) The possibilities are endless, and I cannot wait to see what more and more authors come up with for fantasy enthusiasts to enjoy! In the meantime, be sure to check out these enchanting books which will be sure to broaden your imagination!

Kat, Incorrigible (Book One) by Stephanie Burgis. 2011.

Twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson is desperate to make things right for her family. Her brother, Charles has acquired so much debt, that her older sister is being forced to marry a wealthy man who may be a murderer. Will her new-found magical talents save her family from financial ruin? The first in a trilogy, Kat, Incorrigible is sure to please with snappy dialogue and a feisty heroine that will be popular with girls!

Check out the next book in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series: Renegade Magic, coming out in April 2012!

Bless this Mouse by Lois Lowry. 2011.

If you are in search of impressive mice, look no further as you are introduced to the church mice of Saint Bartholomew’s church. Unfortunately there have been a few mouse sightings and they might face an awful result: The Great X. To make things worse, the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ ceremony is fast approaching, which will fill the church with pets (including cats). This book is a wonderfully crafted story that even younger children will enjoy as a read-aloud.

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. 2010.

Hansel and Gretel leave the candy house and find themselves in 8 other Grimm fairy-tales. But prepare yourself, the author gives fair warning to how exciting the next part of the story will be: “Are there any small children in the room now?” he asks midway through the first tale, “If so, it would be best if we just..hurried them off to bed. Because this is where things start to get, well..awesome.” A Tale Dark & Grimm is an engaging story that will entice children to want to read more fairy-tales (or fractured tales)!

*If you are looking for more magical titles, please be sure to check out Mindy’s posting: A Bit of Magic

*Curious about more books that will jump-start your imagination? Check out Lindsey’s post: The World of Imagination

Kristin J.