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If you liked the book or movie Coraline...

...try these fantasy and magic books. Click on the links below to find out if these books are available at your local County Library. If not, place them on hold, and they'll be delivered to your Library where you can pick them up.

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by Alma Alexander
As the seventh child born of two seventh children, fourteen-year-old Thea has not fulfilled her parents' hope of having special magical powers, and they try a last, desperate measure before sending her to a school for those with no magical ability. Grades 6-12
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by Isabel Allende
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon to document the legendary Yeti known as The Beast. Grades 5+
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by David Almond
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel. Grades 4-6
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by M. T. Anderson
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure. Grades 4-7
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by Janet Anderson
Thirteen-year-old Ellsworth leaves his father to visit the relatives he has never met and eventually joins forces with Jess, his distant cousin, to uncover family secrets and search for their ancestor's hidden treasure. Grades 5+
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by Blue Balliett
When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Grades 5-8
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by Clive Barker
After a mysterious stranger promises to end his boredom with a trip to the magical Holiday House, ten-year-old Harvey learns that his fun has a high price. Grades 4+
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by Marion Dane Bauer
After Jenna gives her little sister an old doll dressed in red velvet as a birthday present, the occurrence of some very disturbing events make Jenna suspect the doll might be possessed. Grades 2+
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by Tom Becker
Jonathan Starling's father is in an asylum and his home has been attacked. While running away from kidnappers, he stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendants of Jack the Ripper. Grades 5-9
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by Franny Billingsley
Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea. Grades 5-8
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by Joseph Bruchac
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle, " Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life. Grades 5-7
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by Janet Lee Carey
Fifteen-year-old Miles Ferrell uses the rare and special gift he is given to break the curse of the Shriker, a murderous creature reportedly brought to Shalem Wood by his family's clan centuries before. Grades 5-8
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by Patrick Carman
When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall. Grades 4-8
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by Eth Clifford
Two sisters and the runaway cousin for whom they are searching on a island find themselves in an unexpected adventure. Grades 3-6
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by Eoin Colfer
In futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people, and together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue Parasites that are invisible to most humans. Grades 5+
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by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. Grades 6
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by Roald Dahl
When a mysterious old man gives James some magical, tiny green things, he certainly never imagines that they will grow into an enormous peach. Grades 4-6
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by Charles de Lint
New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening her life. Grades 9-12
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by Tony DiTerlizzi
A series that chronicles the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of faeries that they never knew existed. Grades 3-6
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by Cornelia Funke
Two brothers are sought by a detective, but they have found shelter with Venice's "Thief Lord." Welcome to the magical world of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets. Grades 5+
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by Neil Gaiman
Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where wallmonsters and pirates roam. Grades 3-5
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by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Grades 5-7
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by Neil Gaiman
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, a lovelorn young man steps through a gap in a high stone wall, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life. Grades 9-12
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by Neil Gaiman
Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins. Grades 2-5
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by Dan Gutman
Thirteen-year-old Robert "Qwerty" Stevens uses the time machine he finds in his back yard to visit Thomas Edison's workshop in 1879, and there helps develop the electric light bulb, but then needs his sister's help to return to his own time. Grades 4-8
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by Mette Ivie Harrison
Long after the disappearance of Snow White's stepmother, the witch trapped in her mirror manipulates a desperate peasant and a merchant's daughter to seek the magic she needs to gain her freedom, but the girls show her a power far greater. Grades 6-9
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by Anthony Horowitz
When wealthy, spoiled, thirteen-year-old Tad Spencer wishes he were someone else, he awakens as Bob Snarby, the uncouth, impoverished son of carnival workers. Grades 5-8
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by Robin Jarvis
Ben and Jennet, an orphaned brother and sister, are taken in by an old woman in the quaint fishing village of Whitby, where they soon learn of the town's ancient lore and become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil. Grades 4-8
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by Lynne Jonell
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal. Grades 4+
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by Frewin Jones
Anita, an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl, is transported from modern-day London to the realm of Faerie where she discovers that she is Princess Tania, the long-lost daughter of King Oberon and Queen Titania. Grades 6+
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by Rupert Kingfisher
Forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, a Parisian girl finds comfort and companionship in a shop nearby that sells otherworldly foods prepared by a mysterious cook and her cat. Grades 3-7
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by Ingrid Law
Savvy recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy" – a magical power unique to each member of her family – just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. Grades 5-8
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by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Grades 5-8
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by C.S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, in defeating the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Grades 4+
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by China Mieville
What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up...and some of its lost and broken people, too. Grades 6+
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by Chris Mould
Eleven-year-old Stanley Buggle, happily anticipating a long summer vacation in the house he inherits from his great-uncle, discovers has also inherited some sinister neighbors, a talking stuffed fish, and a host of mysteries surrounding his great-uncle's death. Grades 4-8
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by Terry Pratchett
A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king. Grades 6+
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by Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. Grades 6+
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by Philip Pullman
Long ago in Germany, a storyteller's story and an apprentice clockwork-maker's nightmare meet in a menacing, life-like figure created by the strange Dr. Kalmenius. Grades 3+
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by Laura Ruby
In a future New York where most people can fly and cats are a rarity, a nondescript resident of Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless discovers that although she is shunned as a "leadfoot” she has the surprising ability to become invisible. Grades 5+
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by Lemony Snicket
A series of books that follows the adventures of three siblings after their parents were killed in a fire at the family mansion. Grades 5-7
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by Brad Strickland
Twelve-year-old Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita investigate a strange old house in their home town and discover that they may be dealing with powerful ancient Hawaiian spirits. Grades 3-7
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by Vivian Vande Velde
A spell that gets you land, money, long golden hair, or a date to the prom can't be a curse, can it? A curse just gets you dead. Or does it? In these short stories, boys and girls learn firsthand just what magic spells, enchantments, and curses really can do. Grades 6+
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by Maiya Williams
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast. Grades 4-8
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by Patricia Wrede
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures. Grades 6+
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by Betty Ren Wright
It was just an old dollhouse hidden away in the attic-collecting dust. Amy didn't know that the dollhouse held a secret. It is a deadly secret that hadn't been talked about in years. And now, the dolls have decided that Amy should be the one to know the truth. Grades 5-7