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Magical stories (9-12)

The Secret of the Purple Lake

These books are brilliant for older children who want to get lost in a magical journey.

There are classics and new titles, picture books and chapter books and some books containing magic realism rather than traditional fantasy.

See our list for 5-8s

See our list for teens

  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    12-year-old Meggie and her father, Mo, a bookbinder, both love reading, but since the disappearance of Meggie's mother, they no lo…

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  • A Most Improper Magick

    Author: Stephanie Burgis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • A Most Improper Magick

    Author: Stephanie Burgis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    A 21st-century take on Jane Austen's world, entertainingly viewed through the eyes of a 12-year-old heroine who discovers she has …

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  • The Last Dragonslayer

    Author: Jasper Fforde

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Last Dragonslayer

    Author: Jasper Fforde

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Times are tough for Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam Mystical Arts - then predictions of a new Dragonslayer coming to slay the L…

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

    The Oksa Pollock series has legions of fans all over the world, and this first installment leaves us in no doubt why.

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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    A fairy tale for the modern feminist generation, Anya's Quest (yes, Quest with a capital Q) takes her through dark woods and acros…

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  • The Hidden Star

    Author: K Sello Duiker

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Hidden Star

    Author: K Sello Duiker

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 11+

    Part mystery, part quest, this book uses magic realism to tell an absorbing story about friendship and courage, which is filled wi…

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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    Twister's father has gone missing. Her mother is depressed, and people are accusing her father of starting a fatal fire. Even scho…

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  • Baker’s Magic

    Author: Diane Zahler

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Baker’s Magic

    Author: Diane Zahler

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    An orphaned girl with a talent for baking must use courage, intelligence and just a little bit of magic to save her country from a…

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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A stunning collection of mystical fairy tales that are at once exotic and fresh, and traditionally heartening.

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    Luvander and her companions go on an expedition to find The Hall of Dreaming Teasures. Their journey is like a cross between India…

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  • AniMalcolm

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Jim Field

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • AniMalcolm

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Jim Field

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Magic realism and slapstick humour combine in this story about Malcolm: an animal hater living in a family of animal lovers. Insid…

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