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Magical stories (9-12)

The Last Dragonslayer

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.

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  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

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  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    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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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

    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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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

    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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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

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  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge

    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

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    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

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  • AniMalcolm

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Jim Field

    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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