Fantasy

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Recommended by John Murphy @johnmurphy7 Author: Frances Hardinge Form: Fantasy Novel Length: 434 pages Brief synopsis: A fantasy, adventure story with elements of magic, mythology and steampunk. The story focuses on Hark, his friendship with Jelt, and the impact the now dead gods had on the world. Age recommendation and challenging content: Suitable for Years 7 …

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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

Recommended by Stephen Dilley @stephenjdilley Author: Yaba Badoe Form: Prose Fantasy/Adventure Length: 320 Pages Brief synopsis: A fantasy adventure novel by a Ghanaian-British author about a child who is washed ashore in a sea chest after a ship full of refugees is drowned. She is adopted by a circus troupe of anarchists living ‘off grid’ …

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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Recommended by Diane Duncan (@Diane_Duncan) Form and genre: Prose. Fantasy/ Gothic horror Length: 225 pages Summary: Harvey Swick wishes away February and ends up being transported to the ‘Holiday House’ where everything he desires comes true. But he soon finds that the House is a vampire and demon ridden trap for children’s souls. Better for younger readers (year 7) …

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Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Recommended by Heather Upperton Form and genre:  Prose Length: 380 pages Summary: Lalani must face her history and culture (and some mythical beings) to do something no girl from her island has done before! Age recommendation and challenging content: Year 7/KS3 Notable reasons for recommending this book: Great and rich culture, loosely based in the …

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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Recommended by Jo Capon (@jocareadsbooks) Form and genre: Prose – fantasy Length: 272 pages Summary: Coming of age story which juxtaposes a cosy, wintry Christmassy world with a menacing shadowland. Will discovers that he is one of the ‘Old Ones’, a tribe of people whose purpose is to prevent the Dark gaining power. Drawing powerfully …

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Barium and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Recommended by Jasmine Lane (@MsJasmineMN) Form and genre: Prose/magical realism + adventure Length: 224 pages Summary: It’s a phantasmagorical story that begins in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name. Age recommendation and challenging content:  Year 6 or Year 7 Notable reasons for recommending this book: Literary value. Brilliantly written …

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The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy

Recommended by Alison Reid (@bongoreid) Form and genre: coming of age novel with elements of the supernatural Length: 272 pages Summary: A coming-of-age mystery with a healthy dose of the supernatural. A girl on the brink of adulthood deals with bereavement, family conflict and growing up. Age recommendation and challenging content: Would recommend for Year …

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The Game Weavers by Rebecca Zahabi

Recommended by Sui Annukka (@suiannukka) Form and genre: novel, fantasy, magical realism Length: 325 pages Summary: From the book cover: ‘Seo Kuroaku has it all. Adopted as a boy by the formidable Sir Neil, he’s the youth champion of Twine, the high-pressure national sport. Played in arenas where thousands come to watch, weavers craft creatures …

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Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Recommended by Kelley (@Literacy_lead) Form and genre: Fantasy prose Length: 352 pages Summary: Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck – found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived. When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from …

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