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Recommended books for grades 5-8

Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category


May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Jack comes from a long line of Trackers–people whose ability enables them to find things in service of king and country–not exactly an ability he was expecting. But then, he never expected to lose his father, almost drown in a steampunk submarine, or see his 12th great-grandfather stop the plague in London by […]

HUNTED, by Meagan Spooner

May 22, 2017

The story: Yeva’s father taught her to hunt, and now that he’s lost his fortune, she’s relieved to leave the castle and get back to the woods. But deep in the forest, the “fairy” tales her father told her as a child now seem to be coming true, and they’re not the nice ones where […]


May 22, 2017

The story: Mary wants nothing more than to escape from the orphanage–so who cares if the old lady that comes to adopt her looks like a witch? Trouble is…Madame Z IS a witch, the kind that eats children. Now Mary’s really going to have to use her head (and maybe her feet) to keep herself […]

THE SECRET KEEPERS, by Trenton Lee Stewart

April 13, 2017

The story: When Reuben discovers an antique watch, he soon realizes there’s far more to it than meets the eye–in fact, it’s what DOESN’T meet the eye that’s most astounding. Its owner can use it to become invisible. Even more amazing…and worrying…is that the watch has a twin, and if someone can get hold of […]

FROGKISSER! by Garth Nix

April 13, 2017

The story: What starts out as a simple quest to fix a boy turned into a frog ends up as a mission to conquer an evil sorcerer and take back the kingdom. Anya doesn’t have magical powers, but she does have a talking dog, and flying carpet, and a group of helpers who make it […]

SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD, by Shannon & Dean Hale

April 7, 2017

The story: Doreen Green is new in town, and she’s looking for a best friend, which she finds. Yay! She also finds some things she wasn’t looking for: the Skunk Club, an evil plot involving buzzers that make dogs go crazy, and the realization that it doesn’t matter what the popular kids think. She’s the […]


March 20, 2017

The story: Raul is a loner at his boarding school, saying little to anyone and living for the weekends, where he can disappear into the woods and meet up with his mother. People just wouldn’t understand about his mother being a wolf (or him either). Little do they know that a notorious hunter of spirit […]

THE STAR THIEF, by Lindsey Becker

March 20, 2017

The story: Honorine is an orphaned housemaid at the Vidalia estate until the night that thieves break in and she escapes their clutches only to find herself swept off on an adventure. She’s rescued by a mysterious being and becomes a traveler on the Carina–a steampunkish airship piloted by the Mapmaker. He’s on a mission […]

MY LADY JANE, by Cynthia Hand et al

March 13, 2017

The story: King Edward is dying, and he names Lady Jane Grey as his successor, doing an end run around his sisters Mary and Elizabeth. Only problem for Jane–aside from the fact that she doesn’t actually WANT to be queen–is that she’s going to have to marry Gifford Dudley in order to do it. Gifford […]