Check these amazing fantasy books for your imaginative middle grader. With the right amount of charm and adventure thrown in, these are sure to keep 6th-8th graders in the fantasy land for long. Many of these are popular series. So magic does not stop with just one!
Enchanted forest, talking animals, dragons, witches, magic – there is a wide variety of fantasy books to choose from. Choose the right book for your 11-13-year-old based on his\her interest level. Let the magical journey begin!
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15 Magical Middle-Grade(6-8) Fantasy Books | Age 11-13
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1. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles is a collection of four stories about the adventures of Cimoreneby Patricia C. Wrede. The included titles are – Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons.
Cimorene, a non-traditional princess, is sure to ring a bell with the middle graders.
It is a world of Dragons, princes, princesses, darkness, magic – everything fantasy is made of.
Legend is the 3rd and latest book of Conway’s Dragonrider Legacy series. Read the story of courageous dragonrider, Reigh as he fights the evil Argonox. The plot is epic, suspenseful, and delightful.
A highly recommended children’s fantasy series for grades 6-8. Read the first two books from the series.
3. The Forbidden Library
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler. After her father’s disappearance, Alice is sent to live with her uncle Geryon. The large mansion had a library where Alice is forbidden to enter. But then she meets a strange talking cat and her curiosity takes over.
Soon she finds herself trapped inside a book surrounded by scary strange creatures. The story is intriguing and keeps 11 year-olds engaged with twists and turns all the way.
4. The Bookwanderers
The Bookwanderers by Anna James. Eleven-year-old Tilly loves reading books in her grandparents’ bookshop, Pages & Co. But then strange things started happening. The characters from the book started coming alive. Even Tilly can wander around in her favorite stories.
Can Tilly use her newfound ability and uncover the secret of her mother’s disappearance. This popular fantasy series is a must-read. Check other books from this series.
5. PALACE OF GLASS
PALACE OF GLASS is part of The Forbidden Library fantasy series. Alice tries to incapacitate her uncle, Geryon. Read how she fights her way with magical creatures, mistrusts, and other dangers on the way.
This fantasy series is suitable for imaginative middle-grade readers.
6. The Secret of the Ballet Book
The Secret of the Ballet Book by Navita Dello. Sierra dreams of being a famous ballerina. As she looks for help in a ballet book, a ballerina -Rosella steps out of it. Rosella promises to help Sierra with her ballet.
However, there are many challenges on the way. Sierra also needs to find a way to help Rosella break out of the witch’s magic spell that trapped her inside the book.
Read the enchanting to see how the duo work together to help each other. The fantasy chapter book is for 6th graders and above.
7. Brightly Woven
Brightly Woven Young Sydelle Mirabil’s life changes when a mysterious young wizard, Wayland North suddenly appears out of nowhere. He needs her help in mending his magical cloaks. he is on a mission to stop a war between two kingdoms.
Can the young kids conquer all challenges their way and deliver the secret message and help the kingdom? A beautifully illustrated graphic fantasy for 11-year-olds and above.
8. The Elyrian
The Elyrian by D.P. Rowell. In this first book from The Emerson Chronicles series, twelve-year-old Ace is entrusted with the task of saving the world.
Witches are planning to take over, and Ace is chosen as the keeper of the mythical gem. Read this magical epic to find out how Ace saves his family and the world.
9. A Wolf for a Spell
A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton. Wolf Zima needs a witch’s help to save her family. She approaches Baba Yaga for help. But the witch has a plan of her own and leaves Zima trapped in her hut.
Read on the captivating fantasy story to know how Zima, with help of Nadya- a village girl, unites all the wolves and thwarts the evil.
10. The Tea Dragon Society
The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill is an award-winning fantasy novel. Follow Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, as she gets involved in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
She learns to take care of Tea Dragons and befriends them. This charming and gentle story is a beautiful read for dragon-loving middle schoolers.
11. The Tea Dragon Tapestry
The Tea Dragon Tapestry by K. O’Neill is the last book from the adorable Tea Dragon Society series. The ending is sweet and perfect for the series.
The story is cute with beautiful artwork and transports the readers to the magical land.
12. The Prince and the Dressmaker
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. Prince Sebastian has a secret. He dons daring dresses at night and becomes the fabulous Lady Crystallia. The only other person who knows of this secret is his dressmaker Frances.
But how long can Frances keep the secret sacrificing her own dream! Read this romantic fantasy tale with a message. The story is suitable for age 12 years and above.
13. The Jungle
The Jungle by Justin Johnson. Jake Lennon’s plane hits turbulence and crashes into a jungle on the way to his vacation with his family. But strangely, all the adults on the plane had disappeared with only four kids left.
Together they try to solve the mystery. suddenly, they realize that they are not alone. How do they escape the Wild Jungle?
The chapters are short and all the books in the series leave with a cliffhanger, keeping the mystery alive.
14. The Magic Misfits
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris. Young magician Carter runs away from his crooked uncle and finds friends in a little town called Mineral. Together they all six become Magic Misfits. Now they try to find the greedy B.B. Bosso.
All the characters are different from each other and etched with lots of care. A bestselling fantasy novel, this one is highly popular with kids. Check out other books from this series.
15. The Train to Impossible Places
The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell. The troll-operated delivery service, The Impossible Postal Express suddenly makes a stop in Suzy’s room. As she onboards, Suzy is entrusted with the task of her first delivery.
However, the consequence of the delivery can be fatal. Read how Suzy comes out of this puzzle. It is a delightful read for fantasy lovers.
Here are the next two books from this favorite trilogy.