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Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit
Call Number: F BAB
ISBN: 0747564175
Publication Date: 2003
Tuck Everlasting is the story of a girl named Winnie and a family who she meets, the Tucks. The Tucks have a secret, they're immortal.They drank water from a spring that was actually a fountain of youth. Till the end of time, they will stay that way. Winnie falls inlove with one of the Tucks, Jesse, a "17" year old boy who shares the same feelings for her. Scared of death, Winnie must choose between being immortal and being with Jesse or following the circle of life and dying someday. The Tucks try to teach her how she shouldn't fear death, how they would give anything to die. It teaches the importance and understanding of life and death.It shows that you should not fear death, but to fear an unlived life.

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Dragon Keeper - Carole Wilkinson
Call Number: F WIL
ISBN: 1423101715
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Dragonkeeper is a children's fantasy novel by Australian author Carole Wilkinson. It is the first book of the Dragonkeeper trilogy. The second book is Garden of the Purple Dragon, first published in 2005, and the third Dragon Moon, first published in 2007. There is also a prequel to the original Dragonkeeper novel called Dragon Dawn.[1] Dragonkeeper won several Australian awards, including the 2003 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel.

The novel is set in ancient China, during the Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an aging dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected. This is a story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds within herself that the strength and courage to make this perilous journey, and do what must be done.

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Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
Call Number: F COO
ISBN: 9780141323558
Publication Date: 2007
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

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Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. Rowling  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
Call Number: STR F ROW
ISBN: 0747532745
Publication Date: 1997
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

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Skellig - David Almond
Call Number: F SKE
ISBN: 0340716002
Publication Date: 1998
Skellig is a delightful story that captures the reader’s attention from the intriguing opening line. The story centres on the character of Michael, a young boy who has just moved house. Michael is coping with a baby sister who is ill and a ‘thing’ he discovers in the garage that has lost the will to live. Michael calls on his unusual neighbour Mina to help him to save Skellig and through this experience opens himself up to the magic and mystery of nature and of life.Skellig is a story of love and faith, simply told, that imparts a message of optimism to young readers. Skellig won the 1998 Carnegie Medal and the 1998 Whitbread Book Award for best children’s book.

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Galax-Arena - Gillian Rubenstein
Call Number: F RUB
ISBN: 9780689801365
Publication Date: 1992
Three Australian children are kidnapped and propelled into a vicious game in the GalaxArena, where rivalry and death mingle. Believing themselves to have been transported from earth to become the pets of an alien species, the children must struggle to understand themselves as well as their predicament.The special language developed by the kidnapped children can make for a fascinating classroom study. (See also Space Demons, Skymaze and Shinkei.

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Rowan of Rin Series - Emily Rodda
Call Number: F ROD
ISBN: 1862915350
The Rowan of Rin series is a series of five children's fantasy novels by Australian author Emily Rodda. The series follow the adventures of a shy village boy, Rowan. The books have each been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year and the original Rowan of Rin won that title.

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The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster; Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
Call Number: STF JUS
ISBN: 9780394820378
Publication Date: 1988-10-12
A fantasy about a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself.

 

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The Shadow Thief - Alexandra Adornetto  Icon
Call Number: F ADO
ISBN: 9780730400950
Publication Date: 2007
Millipop Klompet and Ernest Perriclof live in the uneventful town of Drabville, where the cautious Ernest spends his time enlarging his rock collection and Milli dreams of adventure. When the pair are kidnapped from their homes and brought to live in the gothic mansion known as Hog House, they are adopted by the madcap Mr and Mrs Mayor and a series of bizarre encounters follows. Things do not add up and the children find that sinister plans are beginning to emerge. Why has the notorious Lord Aldor stolen the shadows of all of the town′s residents and where are they being held? Assisted by a band of prisoners, the children must venture into the Taboo Territories, and battle the perils dished out by the Lurid Lagoon, in order to outwit Lord Aldor and prevent him from executing his secret master plan. Praise for The Shadow Thief:′Clearly [Adornetto] is already an Australian literary phenomenon

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Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman
Call Number: F PUL
ISBN: 9780439944663
Publication Date: 2007
When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendor of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to speak about. Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...

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Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Call Number: F PAO
ISBN: 0552552097
Publication Date: 2004
Eragon is a 2006 fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The cast includes Edward Speleers in the title role, Jeremy Irons, Garrett Hedlund, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Alun Armstrong, Joss Stone, and the voice of Rachel Weisz as Saphira the dragon.

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Lion the witch and the wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Call Number: F LEW
ISBN: 0006716776
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

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The princess bride - William Goldman
Call Number: F GOL
ISBN: 0747545189
Publication Date: 1973
The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy romance novel written by William Goldman. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic love, romance, and fairy tale. It is presented as an abridgment of The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (though no such book exists), and Goldman's "commentary" asides are constant throughout. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace, while in the United Kingdom it was later published by Bloomsbury.

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Walk two moons - Sharon Creech
Call Number: F CRE
ISBN: 9780330397834
Publication Date: 1994
This story uses the technique of embedded storytelling to explore the mysteries that surround the young heroine’s past. Sal’s life has been completely disrupted by an event in the past involving her mother. With her grandparents, she embarks on a journey across the USA to ‘discover’ the truth. The story of the car journey is at times humorous, at times poignant.Implanted in it are a multitude of other stories about school, friends, other mothers, fathers and children. As the stories weave their way towards a conclusion and the mysteries are unravelled, we are carried with them to an overwhelming affirmation of the importance of the family. 1995 Newbery Medal Winner. (

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The Neverending story - Michael Ende
Call Number: F END
ISBN: 0140317937
Publication Date: 1999
A story that your children will wish never ends. The movies are based on the books, but only follow the books loosely (and sometimes, not at all). Basically, reading the books is a completely different experience. Like other children’s classics (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan), there are themes in the stories that apply to life, regardless of age. The Neverending Story is literally a story within a story, and behind this story is the story itself. It’s a story of vast imagination and colorful characters of adventures and magic and saving the world and maybe a princess as well. A lovely and enduring story that’s entertained a generation of children.

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The Wardens - Stuart Daly
Call Number: F DAL
ISBN: 9780857983275
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
A brotherhood of treasure hunters. A terrifying enemy. Five young recruits. The race is on. Caspan hates life as a thief on the streets, so he leaps at the chance to join a secret order sanctioned by the King. The Brotherhood seeks the lost magical weapons of an ancient race that will help them fight the Roon, the invading army who creep ever closer. Defeat seems inevitable. Unless Caspan and his fellow recruits u Roland, Lachlan, Sara and Kilt u can set aside their differences and use their new skills to help turn the tide. With swords strapped to their belts, riding magical beasts called Wardens, they leave the sanctuary of their training ground for their first mission. Will it be their last?

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The sin eater's daughter - Melinda Salisbury
Call Number: F SAL
ISBN: 9781760151577
Publication Date: 2015
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

 

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Mister Monday - Garth Nix
Call Number: F NIX
ISBN: 174114213X
Publication Date: 2003
On Earth, a boy named Arthur Penhaligon (The main character) is at a new school. He collapses during an outdoor cross country run during gym because of his severe asthma. Two of his schoolmates, Ed and Leaf, stop to help him use his inhaler before running to get help.

While waiting for help, Arthur notices one strange-looking man materializing out of thin air. They discuss a key and whether or not to give it to Arthur. Monday doesn't want to give it up because he needs the key in order to continue his reign, but Sneezer convinces him to as the Will states Monday must give the key to a suitable heir but after Arthur dies, Monday will once again regain control of the Key. Persuaded, Monday agrees to relinquish control of the key, which is shaped like the minute hand of an old clock, although he quickly becomes suspicious of Sneezer, who apparently never showed much intelligence before. Sneezer and Mister Monday then fight and disappear in a flash of light. In their place is a slim book which Arthur puts in his pocket. In his hand, he holds the key which Arthur finds helps him breathe. As his teacher and school nurse approach, Arthur hides the key and passes out.

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Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
Call Number: F FU
ISBN: 9780439709101
Publication Date: 2007
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

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Inkspell - Cornelia Funke
Call Number: STF F FUN
ISBN: 9781904442837
Publication Date: 2005
Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinkingof the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages, and changed her life for ever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rival rebels and princes.

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Book of Lies - James Moloney  Icon
Call Number: F MOL
ISBN: 0207198314
Publication Date: 2004
Three children, Marcel, Nicola and Fergus, have been left mysteriously in an orphanage run by the kindly Mrs Timmins, but overseen by the fearsome wizard Lord Alwyn and his creature Termagant. Marcel learns that the mysterious Book of Lies can tell hood from truth. But can it tell him who he really is? He is not alone in his confusion, either. When the stranger Starkey arrives, Marcel, the haughty Nicola and battle-obsessed Fergus discover that they have a vital part to play in saving the kingdom from evil. But something′s not right. Is Starkey friend or foe? And is Lord Alwyn the evil wizard the children first thought? And will the truth really be revealed in the pages of the Book of Lies?

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A Wrinkle in time - Madeleine L'Engle.  Icon
Call Number: F L'E
ISBN: 9780141929569
Publication Date: 1976
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fiction fantasy novel by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962.[1] The story revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. The book won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.[2][a] It is the first in L'Engle's series of books about the Murry and O'Keefe families.

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Miss Peregrine's peculiar children - Ransome Riggs  Icon
Call Number: F RIG
ISBN: 9781594746031
Publication Date: 2011
is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.

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Hobbit - J.R. Tolkien
Call Number: F TOL
ISBN: 9780261102217
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo alone and unaided who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside ...

J.R.R Tolkien's grand fantasy masterpiece and precursor to Lord of the Rings: An utterly magical adventure that appeals to both kids and "grown up" kids. Tolkien wrote this fantasy book for his kids -- and for your kids too. This book is especially great when you read it to your kids: the magical, far away look in a child's eyes as you read this story out loud is worth every penny the book costs. This is one of the best children's fantasy books you can get!

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