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First we have Wizard's Hall / by Jane Yolen

Poor Henry. His life just seems to have no direction. He isn't quite sure what he wants to be and
has gone through many ideas. When he mentions, half-heartedly, that he might want to be a
wizard, his mother pounces on the idea. Before he knows it, Henry is off to Wizard's Hall to
become a wizard. He hadn't really been serious about this but here he is.

His wizard name is Thornmallow but many of the teachers can't remember his name, they keep
calling him things like Thornapple, Thormarrow, and Thornmolly. He is the 113th student at
Wizard's Hall and the teachers all seem to think that’s a big deal. Thornmallow is a bit of a
disappointment at school though. He seems to have no real talent for wizardry.

When he overhears the teachers talking about the dark wizard who is coming back to take over
the school, he is truly afraid. Somehow, the teachers believe that he, Thornmallow, can save the

Like “Wizard’s Hall” all creatures in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin have a “true
name”, and by knowing these names, a magician can hold the creature (or person) in their power.

This is the story of Duny. No one really likes Duny. The boy is wild, proud, and full of temper--
well-suited to the company of the goats he herds. Then comes the day when he overhears his
aunt chanting a spell to call her goat down from the roof of her house. He remembers the rhyme
and later speaks it to his own herd:
   "Noth hierth malk man hiolk han merth han!"
The first time he says it, the goats all come to him. Duny laughs and shouts the rhyme again.
They push towards him with their thick, ridged horns. Duny runs all the way to town with the
goats chasing him. The villagers laugh at poor Duny.

But, one woman doesn’t laugh. She says a word to the goats, and they disperse, returning to their
grazing and bleating. This spell-speaker is Duny's aunt.

She magically binds the boy to silence and would have bound him to her service if she could, but
Duny is too strong. Every day that he studies with his witch aunt, he becomes stronger. And as
Duny grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleases on the world as an
apprentice to the Master Wizard.

The Wizard of Earthsea is the first book of the Earthsea trilogy, which traces the remarkable
adventures of the great wizard Sparrowhawk, who was once known as Duny.
Speaking of names, we also have…

Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville where one of the characters is named Ishmael. When he
is asked his name, he says it is Ishmael, but don't call me that. Throughout the book, when his
name is mentioned people say -- don't call him that.

Prince Brat, in The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman has a name he justly deserves! In his
kingdom it is forbidden to spank the heir to the throne. So an orphan named Jemmy is plucked
from the streets to serve as a whipping boy. Jemmy dreams of running away but finds himself
saddled with the prince who is a less than desirable companion. Captured by cutthroats, Jemmy
plans the prince's rescue, which the prince refuses to accept. He likes the adventure of being a
prisoner! Escaping from thieves, bears, rats and other dangers, the two boys survive and the lives
of both are changed forever.

Another adventurous tale is that of The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall.

The Minnipins of Slipper-on-the-Water are usually very mellow and follow everything that the
Periods, their leaders, say. They all dress and act the same until a contest to see whose town is
the best comes along. Then people start showing individuality. There are 5 “individuals” who are
outlawed for their nonconformist attitudes—Muggles, Mingy, Gummy, Curly Green, and Walter
the Earl—and are sent up the river away from town. While these “outlaws” are near the
mountains, strange things start to happen. Creatures are going to attack Slipper-on-the-Water!
Can the 5 outlaws save the town they once loved? Find out in... The Gammage Cup.

In The Wednesday Wizard by Sherryl Jordan, a young wizard apprentice miscasts a spell and is
transported from his medieval village to the 20th century, and Garth and the Mermaid, by
Barbara Smucker works the other way round—a young boy is transported from the 20th century
to a medieval village.

Some more tales of transportation include, The Castle in the Attic, A Wrinkle in Time, The
Magician’s Nephew, The Phantom Tollbooth, It’s Up to Us, and The Time Machine.

In The Castle in the Attic & it’s sequel The Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop, a
young boy gets transported into a toy castle where knights, sorcery, wizards, and magic run
When Meg finds out her missing father has slipped through a tesseract (or A Wrinkle in Time)
Meg sets out to rescue him. We also have Madeleine L’Engle’s companinon books A Wind in
the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

In The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis, Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch
Jadis to her own world after magic rings from Digory’s amateur magician uncle transport them
into a forest with many ponds. The two children quickly figure out that the ponds are actually
portals to other worlds—one of which is called Narnia.

Although this was the sixth Narnia book published, it is actually the first in the series.
Unfortunately we do not have the complete Narnia series in the library.

Travel to “other worlds” takes on a whole new meaning in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton
Juster where a very bored Milo is knocked out of his glum humdrum by the sudden and curious
appearance of a tollbooth in his bedroom. Since Milo has absolutely nothing better to do, he
dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives through. After which he heads toward
Dictionopolis, where he meets with the Whether Man ("for after all it's more important to know
whether there will be weather than what the weather will be"), passes through The Doldrums
(populated by Lethargarians), and picks up a watchdog named Tock (who has a giant alarm clock
for a body).

Things intensify as he hits the Word Market, where after a brief scuffle with Officer Short Shrift,
Milo and Tock set off toward the Mountains of Ignorance to rescue the twin Princesses, Rhyme
and Reason.

Anyone with an appreciation for play on words or an Alice in Wonderland style adventure will
enjoy this book.

It’s Up to Us by Carol Matas is a more traditional time travel tale and the setting is right here in
Winnipeg! Another typical time travel book involves a dreamer who builds a time machine in
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.

When wishing for magic, it's hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and
Martha had stopped to think--oh, if they had only stopped to think!--they may not have asked for
Magic by the Lake in this story by Edward Eager—as now they have to deal with a whole
lakeful of enchantment! Soon the kids are awash in magic. They find themselves cavorting with
mermaids, outwitting pirates, and—with the help of a cranky old turtle—granting a little magical
help to the one person who needs it most.
When we first meet Alexandria Aurora Fortunato in Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl, she is locked
away in a tower. Two men, King Claudio the Cruel and Prince Edmund of Dorloo, are vying for
her hand in marriage. She is, of course, beautiful, but even more appealing to her suitors are the
facts that when she cries, diamonds instead of tears fall from her eyes and when she brushes her
hair, gold dust sprinkles down. These gifts are not so welcome as you might think considering
that Alexandria is now a prisoner when she once used to roam free as a simple goose girl.

Another story about a spunky girl with a “special” gift is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
where the main character, Ella, is under a spell that requires her to do everything people tell her
to do. It seems like a fairy gave her a blessing at birth that back fired. The fairy blessed her with
obedience. That blessing has turned into a nightmare. She battles ogres and wicked step sisters
along the way. This is a delightful version of the Cinderella story with plenty of laughs and
unexpected turns along the way.

Also by Gail Carson Levine is The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

Fighting Fantasy Game Books

These books offer the excitement of a computer game on paper. The reader is the hero faced with
a difficult quest to overcome some dastardly evil or find untold wealth.

As with all books, you start at the beginning in section 1. But at the end of that section, you are
faced with a series of choices. Depending on your decision, you move on to one of the hundreds
of other numbered sections in the book where you are faced with more dangers or decisions. So
reading becomes an interactive process involving jumping around the book and occasionally
rolling dice to decide if you have won a battle, been lucky or succeeded in casting a spell. This
system means each book contains many alternative plots and you don't always win.

We have in our library: The Crown of Kings, Return to Firetop Mountain, Moonrunner,
Seige of Sardath, and Night Dragon.

Speaking of Dragons…

For thousands of years, the legendary dragon has inspired awe and wonder in cultures the world
over. Fearsome in strength, ferocious in appetite, yet majestic in bearing, this fabulous beast has
long been a favorite subject of artists and storytellers.

We have the following stories in the library featuring Dragons:
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede and the sequel Calling on Dragons
The Dragons of North Chittendon by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
The Dragon Prince by Susan Forest
And The Book of Dragons / by E. Nesbit …which is actually 8 short stories involving dragons.
If you want something “mystical” but a little more “quirky”, why not try…

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer or Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori

Artemis Fowl is a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the smarts of Sherlock Holmes with the
coolness of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. But even Artemis doesn't know what
he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captin Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the
fairies of Bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got
them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules.....…

We also have the sequel Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident and there is a third book out in the
series, but we don’t have it in the library yet.

Pure Dead Magic is an “Adam’s Family” kind of tale with a butler named Latch, a cook who’s
hiding that she’s really a witch, and beasts in the basement that the family calls “pets”.

We also have some “other world” stories which are a little more science fiction, and a little less
fantasy. They are:

The Dark is Rising,
Guardian of the Dark,
The Keeper of the Isis Light, and
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

In The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, 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.

Guardian of the Dark by Bev Spencer, is about Utopia gone wrong—where it’s up to young
Gen and a group of adventurers to start a new civilization above the earth’s crust, away from
their underground home of Senedu.

Olwen Pendennis, the Keeper of the Light, lives alone with Guardian on the planet Isis in The
Keeper of the Isis Light. Olwen has always been alone and she is happy until the day when her
life is turned upside down by the arrival of a starship from Earth, carrying eighty settlers destined
to take over her planet.

We also have the rest of this trilogy by Monica Hughes called The Guardian of Isis and The
Isis Pedlar.
Humor and science fiction combine in The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer. Set in
2194 Zimbabwe, three mutant detectives (one has very good hearing, one has very good
eyesight, and the last has long arms and legs that make him look like a spider) use their special
powers to search for General Matsika's three children who are kidnapped and put to work in a
plastic mine.

Another kid with “mysterious” powers can be found in Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny
Nimmo where Charlie finds he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. Kind of neat feat,
until his mean old Aunts find out and force him to go to a special school.

Some other “Fantastic Fiction” novels available in our school library include:

Call #:     F ALE
Title:      The black cauldron
Author:     Alexander, Lloyd.

Call #: F COO
Title:  Greenwitch.
Author: Cooper, Susan
Summary: Jane's invitation to witness the making of the Greenwitch begins a series of
         sinister events in which she and her two brothers help the Old Ones recover
         the grail stolen by the Dark.

Call #: F COO
Title:  The grey king
Author: Cooper, Susan
Summary: In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in
         Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to waken
         the ancient Sleepers.

Call #: F COO
Title:  Over sea, under stone.
Author: Cooper, Susan, 1935-
Summary: Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which
         sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story
         of King Arthur.

Call #: F COO
Title:  Silver on the tree
Author: Cooper, Susan
Summary: In this conclusion of the tale begun in "Over Sea, Under Stone," Will
         Stanton, the Welsh boy Bran, and the Drew children try to locate the crystal
         sword that alone can vanquish the strong forces of Dark.
Call #:    F DAN
Title:     The forest of App
Author:    Dank, Gloria

Call #:    F JOR
Title:     From the two rivers : part one of the Eye of the World, the Beginning of the
           Wheel of Time
Author:    Jordan, Robert, 1948-

Call #:    F JOR
Title:     To the blight : part two of the Eye of the World, the Beginning of the Wheel of
Author:    Jordan, Robert, 1948-

Call #:    F DRA
Title:     Night of the eye
Author:    Kirchoff, Mary
Series:    Dragon lance saga
           Defenders of the magic trilogy - volume 1

Call #:    F DRA
Title:     The legend of Huma
Author:    Knaak, Richard A.
Series:    Dragonlance saga. - heroes - volume 1

Call #: F LEN
Title:  An acceptable time
Author: L'Engle, Madeleine
Subject:Space and time - Fiction
        Time travel - Fiction
        Druids and Druidism - Fiction
Summary: Polly's visit to her grandparents in Connecticut becomes an extraordinary
         experience as she encounters old friends and mysterious strangers and
         finds herself traveling back in time to play a crucial role in a prehistoric

Call #:    F LEW
Title:     Prince Caspian
Author:    Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963
Series:    The Chronicles of Narnia - Book 4
Call #: F LOF
Title:  The story of Doctor Dolittle : being the history of his peculiar life at home and
        astonishing adventures in foreign parts : never before printed.
Author: Lofting, Hugh, 1886-1947.
Summary: The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and
         understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite
         pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness.

Call #: F LUN
Title:  The root cellar
Author: Lunn, Janet Louise Swoboda, 1928-
Subject:Space and time - Fiction
        Orphans - Fiction
        Farm life - Fiction
Summary: Twelve-year-old orphan Rose, sent to live with unknown relatives on a farm
         in Canada, ventures into her aunt's root cellar and finds herself making
         friends with people who lived on the farm more than a century earlier.

Call #:    F MAC
Title:     The merchant of death
Author:    MacHale, D. J.
Series:    Pendragon - bk. 1

Call #: F MAC
Title:  The lost city of Faar
Author: MacHale, D. J.
Series: Pendragon - bk 2
Summary: Bobby finds himself in the territory of Cloral, a world entirely covered by
         water, which is nearing a huge disaster. He learns that it is up to him to help
         rid the area of marauders and locate the legendary lost land of Faar, which
         may hold the key to Cloral's survival.

Call #:    F DRA
Title:     Emperor of Ansalon
Author:    Niles, Douglas
Series:    Dragon lance saga. - Villains. - volume three

Call #: F NIX
Title:  The fall
Author: Nix, Garth
Series: Seventh tower; Book one.
Summary: "The Dark World is a place of ice, wind, and fury. A veil of black covers the
         sky. In all the world, only the Castle shines with light..."
Call #:   F NIX
Title:    Castle
Author:   Nix, Garth
Series:   Seventh tower; Book two.

Call #:   F OPP
Title:    Sunwing
Author:   Oppel, Kenneth
Note:     Sequal to: Silverwing

Call #:   F JAC
Title:    Lord Brocktree : a tale of Redwall
Author:   Jacques, Brian

Call #:   F JAC
Title:    Mariel of Redwall : a tale of Redwall
Author:   Jacques, Brian

Call #:   F JAC
Title:    Marlfox : a tale of Redwall.
Author:   Jacques, Brian

Call #:   F JAC
Title:    Salamandastron : a tale of Redwall
Author:   Jacques, Brian

Call #: F JAC
Title:  Taggerung
Author: Jacques, Brian
Summary: A young otter, kidnapped in his infancy and raised as a warrior-thief by a
         band of vermin, leaves the tribe and goes off to seek adventures of his own.

Call #:   F PAT
Title:    Adventure in the night sky
Author:   Patterson, Dave

Call #:  F PIE
Title:   Birth of the Firebringer
Author: Pierce, Meredith Ann.
Subject: Mythical animals - Fiction
Series:  Firebringer trilogy; v. 1.
Summary: Aljan, the headstrong son of the prince of the unicorns, becomes a warrior
          and discovers his destiny in his people's struggle against the hideous wyrms
          usurping their land.
Call #: F PIE
Title:  Magic steps
Author: Pierce, Tamora, 1954-
Series: Circle opens
Summary: When drawn into the investigation of murders perpetrated on a powerful
         family in Summersea, Sandy and her student Pasco undertake the
         dangerous mission of entrapping the invisible killers.

Call #: F PUL
Title:  The golden compass.
Author: Pullman, Philip, 1946-
Summary: A fantasy adventure about Lyra's search for magical dust that was rumored
         to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes.

Call #: F REG
Title:  Princess Nevermore.
Author: Regan, Dian Curtis
Summary: A fantasy about Quinn who gets her wish and travels to outer earth now she
         doesn't know if she will ever get home again.

Call #:   F ROB
Title:    Circles in the stream
Author:   Roberts, Shelly
Series:   Avalon - book 1

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    Cavern of the fear
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora shadowlands - 1

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    The forests of silence
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 1

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    The lake of tears
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 2

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    City of the rats
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 3
Call #:   F ROD
Title:    The shifting sands
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 4

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    The maze of the beast
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 6

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    The valley of the lost
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 7

Call #:   F ROD
Title:    Return to Del
Author:   Rodda, Emily
Series:   Deltora quest - 8

Call #: F SCI
Title:  It's all Greek to me
Author: Scieszka, Jon
Series: Time warp trio
Summary: As they are about to go on stage, Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported back
         to the time of Zeus and the other gods in Greek mythology, who, strangely
         enough, behave much as the characters in the trio's class play.

Call #:   F SMU
Title:    Garth and the mermaid
Author:   Smucker, Barbara, 1915-

Call #:   F STE
Title:    The crystal cave
Author:   Stewart, Mary

Call #: F SWI
Title:  Gulliver's travels / by Jonathan Swift ; adapted by Kathleen Thompson ;
Summary: The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput,
         where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; an island of
         sorcerers; and a country ruled by horses.

Call #:   F TOL
Title:    The hobbit
Author:   Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Call #:   F TOL
Title:    The followship of the ring : being the first part of The lord of the rings
Author:   Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Series:   The lord of the rings - part one

Call #:   F WOO
Title:    Broken sky #1
Author:   Wooding, Chris, 1977-
Series:   Broken sky - #1

Call #:   F WOO
Title:    Broken sky #2
Author:   Wooding, Chris, 1977-
Series:   Broken sky - # 2

Call #:   F WOO
Title:    Broken sky #3
Author:   Wooding, Chris, 1977-
Series:   Broken sky - # 3

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