KS3 Recommended Reading List Fantasy Cover Title & Author Description Suitable for Reviewed by Artemis Fowl is fanta sy, but i s closer to Ja mes Bond than to The Lord of the Artemis Fowl Rings. It is also very funny. In the first book, Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old Age 9-12 UBG criminal mastermind who isn’ t sa ti sfied with robbing banks, sets his sights on the Eoin Colfer ulti ma te trea sure – fairy gold. Wha t he doesn’ t realize is tha t the fairies he is up against a ren’t sof t and pretty with spa rkly wings. These fairies a re smart, armed and dangerous and one of the smartest, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Uni t, is going to do everything she can to make sure Artemi s doesn’ t succeed. And so begins a fantastic ba ttl e of wits and weapons, with plenty of action and larger-than-life charac ters, including my personal favouri te Mulc h Diggums, the dwarf with the a ma zing bum-flap. This is a grea t The ci ty of Ember Ember ci ty is buil t underground. When i t was built i t contained everything fantasy adventure Mrs Smi th humans needed to survi ve. Now Supplies are running out and there isn’ t anyone in story for all Jeanne DuPrau the ci ty who knows wha t to do. Ember’s inhabi tants have lived happily for two readers. hundred years now but now there i s unrest throughout the city. Two children decide to find a way out of Ember a way to a new future. The Day of the Ever thought about how the world might end? In this thought-provoking novel, 11+ UBG Triffids John Wynd ha m shows us just how quickly civilization as we know it would fall apart if most of humani ty woke up to find tha t they had gone blind overnight. Laura John Wynd ha m Throw in man -ea ting plants walking around, making survival even harder, and you Hutc hings have the basic premi se of the novel. This book was written a t a ti me when most people were worried about the very real possibility of nuclear war, and you may want to skip the more poli tical bits. Wha t will keep you reading is the way in which it tempts you to i magine how you would cope in such circumstances. If you had to keep a small group o people alive, where would you go and what would you do? From i ts fa mous opening line to its nail-biting conclusion, this i s a book tha t will keep you hooked and you’ll find yourself thinking about i t long af ter you’ve finished i t. The Drea m Ma ster Join Cy as he faces the Vikings in this adventure. He must stop them coming into Grea t for all Mrs Smi th Nightmare his world. This is a grea t adventure tha t is funny and weaves hi story in with Cy’s readers. school life. Theresa Breslin I can recommend The Drea m Ma ster In this thi rd book of Cy’s adventures his drea ms ta ke hi m back to ancient this funny Mrs Smi th Gladiator Pompeii, to a ti me of gladiators, chariots, and volcanoes. If tha t wasn’t enough he historical still has to deal with hi s every day problems a t sc hool. adventure to all Theresa Breslin readers Mrs Smi th The Drea m Ma ster Meet Cy a boy who has a grea t drea m about ancient Egypt and decides tha t he’s A funny historical going to return to tha t drea m. He faces the drea m master and manages to juggle adventure fanta sy Theresa Breslin a life in ancient Egypt with his life here, dealing with sc hool projec ts, bullies and for all readers. every day problems. The drea m merchant This is a large book wi th a huge story inside. Josh is a normal sc hool boy who A nice fanta sy Mrs Smi th spends a lot of ti me d rea ming. He’s unhappy a t home and someti mes he steals. adventure if a Isabel Hiving Suddenly a big company wants Josh to work for them, why? He’s not special. It’s little long winded. not long before Josh finds hi mself in another world. This place isn’ t qui te reality nor is i t a drea m world. Josh ha s to sell his companies produc ts to people f rom the pa st! He must tra vel right back to the beginning of ti me to find his way home. This fabulous fanta sy series takes readers into new and amazing worlds. Beyond The Edge Chronicles the Deepwoods, the first ti tle, tells the story of Twig, abandoned at birth and 9-12 UBG brought up by wood trolls, who sets out into the wild world in search of hi s past. Beyond the The story is fa st and action -packed and the cha rac ters are ex traordinary – Wendy Cooling Deepwoods goblins, trogs, flesh-ea ting trees and more. The books move on to tell of Twig’s dangerous adventures as a sky pira te and of the mysteries, evils and intrigues Paul Stewart & Chris always to be found in the dangerous floating world of Sanctaphrax. Riddell These books continue to surprise and entertain as new and brilliantly ima gined characters join in with the stories. They’re given ex tra wonder by Chris Riddell’s intrica te and fascina ting black and white line drawings. The books are a compelling read and grea t to look a t too! Do you ever wish you could choose the way a story goes? Well, with the Fighting Fighting Fantasy Fanta sy books you are the main charac ter, and you can do just tha t – though be 9-12 UBG warned: although you can decide where to go and wha t to do nex t, you can’t Citadel of Chaos predict what will happen once you’ve done i t! Susan Reuben In each book you are an explorer, setting off on an intrepid adventure. You have Steve Jackson & Ian constant choices, (‘Will you drink the red liquid? Turn to P.98. Or leave the Livingstone cha mber to continue west? Turn to p.83.’) Each decision could bring instant death, or the accumula tion of riches tha t will help you further along the route. There are many monsters to ba ttle on the way (with throws of the dice predicting who wins) and only one true pa th to the end of your quest. You’ll have to embark on the adventure again and again before you find the way through! Flyte This is the second book in the Septi mus Heap series. Princess J enna is captured A cha rming book Mrs Smi th by her own bro ther and Septi mus must rescue her. Wi th the usual mix of magic for the more Angie Sage and fantasy this is a c harming book for the more confident reader. confident reader. The haunting of Travel back in ti me to old London and join Thaniel Fox as he hunts the wych-kin. This is a science Mrs Smi th Alaizabel Cray While chasing a cradlejack which is like a were wolf he finds a young girl. Now fiction, fantasy, Na thaniel has a quest he need s to find out who the girl is and what evil historical novel. Chris Wooding surround s her. This book is easy The hi tchhiker’s Arthur Dent is upset because the council has demolished his house to make way to read but is for Mrs Smi th guide to the galaxy for a bypass. Unfortuna tely the earth is to be demolished to make w ay for a readers who are hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur he is rescued by Ford who teaches hi m familiar with Douglas Ada ms how to hi tchhike a round the galaxy. Arthur ha s lots of adventures and meets a science fiction or variety of aliens in thi s science fic tion book. fantasy books. Set in the future, Dante, a ki tchen boy and the lowest of the low in this world, Hollow People meets Bea, the privileged daughter of 2 doc tors. Together they rea lize they are Mrs Pa terson different to the ma jori ty of other people, in a society tha t decided to control By Brian Keaney the problems of cri me, drugs, wars etc by keeping everyone over 14 on a weekly dose of a mind numbing drug. Bea has drea ms, for which she can be locked up in an insti tute for the insane, and Dante realizes he has inheri ted special powers. The story ends a bi t abruptly, so you need to read book2, The Gallows Glass, to find out what happens to Dante and Bea. The Invisible The invisible detec tive series is about Arthur Drake who finds a diary in a book A grea t book if Mrs Smi th Detective shop from the 1930’s but it’s written in Arthur’s handwri ting. He finds he can you like your ghost The Paranormal travel back in ti me and with the help of three friend s from the 1930’s he stories to have Puppet Show becomes the invisible detec tive, solving all sorts of mysteries. This is the first mystery thrown in. book in the series and the c hildren have to investi ga te a traveling wax works. Suitable for all By Justin Richa rds This ad venture is exci ting and spooky and will leave you wanting to read more of reading abilities. Arthur’s adventures. There are 3 books in this series tha t really should be read in order a s the story Maxi mum Ride continues through each one. Big books, short c hapters and super quick to read. These books would Miss Best The short c hapters make i t easier as eac h chapter ends with you wanting to be grea t for James Pa tterson know more anyone tha t likes a The quest for 6 c hildren/ teenagers to find some answers (without ac tually bit of escapism knowing what the questions were) keeps you turning the pages. . The 6, na mely but doesn’t get Book 1 – The Angel Max (who acts a bit like a mum) Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman (na med for scared too ea sily. Experi ment obvious rea sons) and Angel were brought up in a science lab and had all sorts of Read the blurb Book 2 – School’s Out horrible experi ments carried out on them which lef t them with different inside the book Forever abilities. All could fly – wow can you imagine tha t – Angel could read minds, Iggy and you won’t be Book 3 – Saving the who is blind has mega hearing and between them they need to save the world, all able to resist!!!! Word and other while being chased by scary warewolf type cha rac ters! The adventures they Good luck. extreme sports encounter are a mazing – a real nail biter. A light hearted Mi mosa Fortune Meet teenager Mi mosa who has traveled all over the world with her clairvoyant book for all Mrs Smi th mother. As they settle in Whi tby Mi mosa joins the students a t the local college readers containing Echo Freer and is soon fortune telling in her lunch breaks. It’s not long before a handsome adventure, ghost needs Mi mosa’s help and ti me tra veling becomes a frequent occurrence. fantasy, sci-fi, and even a li ttle romance. Wha t can I say about this book? It is a lovely story with a feel good factor of Peter Pan 100! It’s a comfortable read all about pira tes, faries, flying children, mermaid s A nice story for Mrs Smi th and no adults. Peter is a boy who never grew up, he lives in Neverland with the readers of all J. M. Barrie lost boys and Tinkerbell the fairy. Some evenings he flies to London to hear abilities. Wendy Darling tell her brothers John and Michael bed ti me stories. One evening Wendy sees Peter and he persuades her to vi si t Neverland with hi m. Here we meet Captain Hook and the fanta sy adventure begins. Poison Poison is a strong willed girl and when the faries steal her baby sister Poi son is This is a grea t Mrs Smi th determined to rescue her. If your expec ting the usual fairy story your going to fantasy tale tha t’s Chris Wooding be disappointed as Poison is a strong gi rl who is set to change the world. easy to read. In Pure dead magic we meet the Strega -Borgia family. Titus, Pandora and Damp Pure Dead Magic live a very unusual life style with a c rocodile, ra t, spider and a dungeon bea st as Mrs Smi th house pets. Debi Gliori It is easy to read and has a real feel good factor. Parts are wacky, zany and quite frankly magical. A grea t adventure tha t once sta rted you won’t be able to put i t down. Dare you join the Strega-Borgia c hildren as they perfec t spells in their race to out shine each other. Pure Dead Brilliant Join the Strega -Borgias again as a coven of witches are their house guests. Good for all Mrs Smi th Pandora and her brother Ti tus have their hands full solving mysteries which reading abilities. Debi Gliori plague the fa mily. This book has a grea t a tmosphere and mixes fantasy with humor well. Stone Me In thi s easy reading book Perce and her best friend Andy have a mystery to I highly Mrs Smi th solve. Pupils and teachers are being turned to stone. Could Ms Dusa be involved recommend for Steve Barlow or is she an innocent supply teacher. year 7’s who are This is a fast paced book tha t is a grea t story with a hint of mythology thrown brave enough to in. face Ms Dusa. Va mpira tes You will need to read this mini story between books one and two as there are A must read Mrs Smi th Dead Deep relevant points tha t follow in books two and three. adventure fanta sy We are off to Ma Kettle’s tavern with Connor and his two favori te shipma tes if your already Justin Somper Bart and Jes to spend their shore leave. Wha t could possibly go wrong? In a very into the short space of ti me the three best buddies find themselves joining a fishing va mpira tes series. expedition to escape the brawl tha t they ha ve gotten entangled in. Wha t follows is an encounter with mermaids and mermen with a sinister twist. A grea t book for Va mpira tes Connor and Grace Tempest a re twins who live in a lighthouse with there father. confident readers. Mrs Smi th Demons of the Ocean They ta ke a journey in their small boa t and are caught in a storm. Connor is rescued by a pi ra te ship and Grace is rescued by a ship crewed by va mpires. By Justin Somper Join the twins on their quest to be reuni ted and along the way befriend the crew of both ships. Let the ad venture begin. A grea t book for Va mpira tes In the third book of the va mpira te series Grace and Connor Tempest continue confident readers. Mrs Smi th Blood Captain their adventure on the high seas. Connor returns to the pira te ship Diablo and Grace accompanies her friend Lorcan to Sanc tuary. We see the twins grow up By Justin Somper very quickly and face responsibilities and dangers old and new. A grea t book for Va mpira tes Grace and Connor Tempest continue their fantastic adventure in the second confident readers. Mrs Smi th Tide of Terror book in this trilogy. The dea th of a shipma te causes the Tempest twins to think carefully about their lives. Grace f eels tha t a trip to pira te academy might By Justin Somper persuade her brother lea ve his ship and study; thus prolonging his life. More adventure awaits the twins as we set sail once again with the va mpira tes. This is a history field trip with a difference! School students Dan and Ursula A fantastic Warriors of Alavna are transported back in ti me to a Bri tain tha t is made up of war like clans. They historical Mrs Smi th discover skills they never knew they had as fighting is the only way to ensure adventure for the N M Browne survi val. Soon the clan becomes i mportant not only for their survival but for more serious finding the way home. reader. A grea t hi storical Warriors of Ca mlann This is the sequel to Wa rriors of Alvana. Dan and Ursula expected to return to adventure for the Mrs Smi th present day Bri tain but where shocked to discover tha t al though they had more serious N M Browne traveled forward in ti me i t wasn’t qui te far enough. Now the friends find reader. themsel ves in the ti me of King Arthur where thei r recently discovered skills are needed again in the fight for survival. Can this adventure lead them home?
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