I’m so excited, because this month, we’re focusing on YA Fantasy books as part of our 2016 Reading Adventure. Fantasy books are full of magic, unique creatures, and magical lands.
This genre is one of my oldest daughter’s absolute favorites. She loves how fantasy books transport her to another time and place, and that they’re full of challenging and dangerous quests.
If your middle schooler hasn’t read many fantasy books, see if one of our favorites grabs their attention.
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YA Fantasy Books Your Tweens/Teens Won’t Be Able to Put Down
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
For over 200 years, the residents of Ember have lived together in a domed city created to keep the human race alive. They have survived, thanks to the multitude of supplies filling the vast storerooms, however there are now empty shelves. Void of natural light, the city receives its artificial daylight from lights powered by an ancient generator which is also beginning to fail.
Over the generations, the way out has been lost and forgotten, and their only hope for survival seems to rest with the only residents who are worried about the future – twelve-year-olds Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet.
- The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott
Back in the 16th century, famous astronomer, Copernicus, built an time- traveling astrolabe. To keep it out of the hands of evil men, he pulled out 12 essential parts and spread them around the world.
Now, Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca are sent on a quest to reclaim all of the magical components in order to save themselves. Along the way the’ll be faced with puzzles and clues they’ll need to solve as they try to stay out of danger as they get pulled further and further into ancient secrets.
- The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning) by John Stephens
Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in and out of orphanages since they were babies. Now they’re in Cambridge Falls, and in their current home, they discover a secret door and after passing through, they find a magic book that allows them to travel through time when the place photos on to the blank pages.
Hopefully they’re up for the thrilling adventures that await them.
- Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book One Disney Lands by Ridley Pearson
If your child enjoyed the Kingdom Keepers series, they’ll love this next installment.
The 5 Kingdom Keepers thought their jobs were done since they defeated the Overtakers. However, Finn isn’t convinced they’re finished and that the parks are truly safe. So he starts to investigate Wayne’s last message, which separates him from his friends, the other Keepers.
This story takes readers back to the beginning, back to when Disneyland began.
- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy constantly finds himself in trouble while at the various schools he’s attended thanks to the fact that he’s regularly forced to battle mythical creatures only he can see. To keep him safe while he learns the truth of who he really is, Percy’s mom sends him to Camp Half Blood, a camp for demigods. It seems that Percy is the child of Poseidon. Faced with a mystery, Percy and his friends must travel on a quest across the United States to keep the gods from starting a war.
Which book do you think you middle schooler will want to read first?
Aside from these fantasies, check out our other book recommendations from our reading adventure:
- Adventure Novels
- Books that Inspired Disney Movies
- Contemporary Novels
- Inspiring Biographies
- Newbery Medal winners
- Personal Growth Books
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