The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Magic - October 2005

Selected and annotated by Debbie Myers


Alexander, Lloyd. The Rope Trick. Dutton, 2002. Gr. 4-7.
Lidi, a traveling magician, seeks to find the one man who can teach her how to do the perfect trick. On her quest to become a master magician, she acquires many companions and added adventure.

Avi.The Book without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic. Hyperion, 2005.
When the alchemist "dies," a lot of intrigue, plotting, and persuading happen.

Bernstein, Nina. Magic by the Book. illus. by Boris Kulikov. Foster/Farrar, 2005. Gr. 4-6.
Three siblings bring home a book from the local library and realize that all of the adventurous stories are about them!

Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars. Bloomsbury, 2003. Gr. 6-10.
The portal that Prince Pyrgus Malvae is sent through for safety and hiding, has been tampered with and he finds himself in present day Britain with seemingly no way home.

Booth, Martin. Doctor Illuminatus. Little, 2004. Gr. 5-7.
Pip and Tim discover that their new home is actually still the territory of two powerful fifteenth century alchemists who have defied death and are still trying to dominate each other.

Coville, Bruce. Moongobble and Me: The Dragon of DoomI. illus. by Katherine Coville. Simon, 2003. Gr. 2-4.
Edward becomes an assistant to the would-be magician Moongobble and embarks on an adventure to retrieve the Golden Acorns from the Dragon of Doom.

Cox, Clinton. Houdini: Master of Illusion. Scholastic, 2001. Gr. 6-10.
Complete with several black and white photographs, this biography presents Houdini's life- quest for success, passion for his art, love of his family, and also his later hatred of Spiritualism- in historical chronology.

Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Arthur: The Seeing Stone. Levine/Scholastic, 2001. Gr. 7-10.
By looking at the images shown in the magical piece of obsidian given to him by the local mystery man, Arthur de Caldicot discovers that his life closely parallels that of legendary King Arthur.

Cullen, Catharine Ann. The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat. illus. by David Christiana. Little, 2001. 5-8 yrs.
A young girl uses the magical buttons on her coat to rescue fairy folk in distress.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide; written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black; illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi. Simon, 2003. Gr. 3-5.
Jared, Simon, and Mallory move into their great-aunt's Victorian mansion and discover a secret room that contains a book about the habits and lifestyles of fairies, brownies, etc… and then they find the house has its own resident brownie.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Seeing Stone; written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black; illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi. Simon, 2003. Gr. 3-5.
In this sequel to The Field Guide, Simon is kidnapped by Goblins, and Jared and Mallory must rescue him.

Dunkle, Clare B. By These Ten Bones. Holt, 2005. Gr. 7-12.
While befriending a wood-carver, Maddie discovers a terrible secret that could destroy the small Highland village where she lives.

Dunkle, Clare B. The Hollow Kingdom. Holt, 2003. Gr. 7-10.
The goblin king chooses Kate to be his ideal wife, and bargains to make her his bride although she had no original intention to marry him. Kate becomes a true queen who must save her husband and her people.

Fine, Anne. Bad Dreams. Delacorte, 2000. Gr. 4-7.
Melanie decides to free Imogen from her powers of precognition that perpetually make her miserable.

Fowles, Shelley, ad. The Bachelor and the Bean. ad. and illus. by Shelley Fowles. Farrar, 2003. 6-10 yrs.
A grumpy old bachelor's magical pots are stolen by the "old biddy" next door and he demands she return them. He finds her personality so forceful and demanding that he realizes they are a perfect match for each other and proposes marriage.

Gideon, Melanie. The Map that Breathed. Holt, 2003. Gr. 6-9.
Billy can create gates and doors to other worlds by drawing them in the air, and Nora can step through them. When these two worlds are brought together, evil is unleashed and the stakes are high.

Hale, Shannon. Enna Burning. Bloomsbury, 2004. Gr. 8-12.
Enna learns how to speak the language of fire, and Isi can speak with the winds. Their developing supernatural skills greatly complicate their lives as they begin to struggle with the addiction of their power.

Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl. Bloomsbury, 2003. Gr. 6-10.
Lady-in-waiting, Selia, leads a coup that captures the throne for herself while leaving Princess Ani bereft and alone to become a goose girl for the king

Hearn, Betsy. Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs. McElderry, 2001. Gr. 4-7.
Louise wishes recklessly on a star which sets off a chain of events.

Hearn, Julie. The Minister's Daughter. Atheneum, 2005. Gr. 7-12.
The minister's daughter purposely and falsely accuses Nell of being a witch, and it will take piskies, fairies, and young Charles II to save her from the noose around her neck.

Haptie, Charlotte. Otto and the Bird Charmers. Holiday House, 2005. Gr. 5-9.
When the entire magical City of Trees appears to be falling apart, it is up to Otto to discover the cause and answer the mystery.

Haptie, Charlotte. Otto and the Flying Twins: The First Book of the Karmidee. Holiday House, 2004. Gr. 5-9.
The magical roots of the City of Trees had become forgotten as time had passed, so when Otto Hush and his family's magical powers are exposed, they become in danger.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Conrad's Fate. Greenwillow, 2005. Gr. 7-12.
Being made to work as a servant for the neighboring aristocracy, Conrad becomes involved in magic and mystery so strong that it involves several universes.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Year of the Griffin. Greenwillow, 2000. Gr. 7-10.
As Elda, the daughter of a great griffin wizard, attends the Wizard's University, she makes many new friends and becomes involved in their complicated, magic-influenced lives.

Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase. Houghton, 2001. Gr. 6-9.
When goose tender Alexandria is granted stunning beauty and the ability to weep diamonds, she must somehow escape her suitors.

Krull, Kathleen. Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King. illus. by Eric Velasquez. Walker, 2005. Gr. 3-5
Describing Houdini's dedication to his craft and his personal life, this bibliography gives insight into the magic and influences of this fabulous illusionist and showman.

Lalicki, Tom. Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini. Holiday House, 2000. Gr. 4-6.
Focusing on Houdini's drive and determination, this biography presents an action-filled account of the master escape artist's life.

Larbalestier, Justine. Magic or Madness. Razorbill/Penguin, 2005. Gr. 7-12.
When Reason magically finds herself in New York City, she must learn to control her magical powers (before she goes insane) in order to save her threatened life.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Stones are Hatching. HarperCollins, 2000. Gr. 7-10.
Young Phelim has been recognized by his three companions as the only one who can save the world from the eminent hatching of a multitude of supernatural enemies.

Meddaugh, Susan. Lulu's Hat. written and illus. by Susan Meddaugh. Lorraine/Houghton, 2002. Gr. 3-5.
Lulu finds a magical top hat and discovers her surprisingly shrouded past.

Milord, Susan. Willa the Wonderful. written and illus. by Susan Milord. Houghton, 2003. 5-8 yrs.
Willa is "magically" in the right place at the right time and saves the day, thus restoring her faith in the fairy princess profession.

Morris, Gerald. Parsifal's Page. Houghton, 2001. Gr. 6-10.
Morris becomes the page for Parsifal, a knight who seeks admission to the Great Round Table at Camelot, and follows him on his quest to do deeds worthy of that goal.

Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. Orchard/Scholastic, 2003. Gr. 4-7.
Charlie discovers one day that he has magical powers, and before he knows it, he's enrolled in an academy, on a quest for a missing girl, searching to solve the mystery of his missing father, and discoving he has evil relatives.

Nimmo, Jenny. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister. Orchard/Scholastic, 2003. Gr. 4-7.
Charlie's ancestor, Henry, is catapulted forward in time from 1916 and pursued by present-day henchmen of his still living enemy. Charlie risks his life to rescue and save Henry from his capture and imprisonment.

Nix, Garth. Abhorsen. EOS/HarperCollins, 2003. Gr. 7-12.
Lirael and her nephew Sam must save their world from total annihilation, while at the same time the stage is being set for a final battle between life and death, and good and evil.

Nix, Garth. Lirael. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr. 7-12.
The story follows the intensely magical lives of Lirael (who uses the magic in the local library's collection to enhance her destiny) and Sam (the destined heir to the kingdom) as they meet each other and are threatened by a dark necromancer with evil intentions.

Pattou, Edith. East. Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 7-12.
Rose leaves home with a magical-bear because he promises to provide for her destitute family. She learns that he is actually a man under the spell of an evil queen and quests to free him from his curse so that they can fulfill their destinies.

Pearce, Philippa. The Little Gentleman. illus. by Tom Pohrt. Greenwillow, 2004. Gr. 3-7.
Bet develops a friendship with a knowledgeable and immortal mole who lives in the meadow.

Pierce, Tamora. The Circle Opens: Cold Fire. Scholastic, 2002. Gr. 7-10.
When a series of suspicious fires breaks out in the small, Northern city that Daja (a teenage mage with the talent for controlling fire) is visiting, she becomes immersed in the arson investigation and the results are not what she first expected.

Pierce, Tamora. The Circle Opens: Shatterglass. Scholastic, 2003. Gr. 6-10.
Tris, a weather mage, has been training Keth, whose volatile powers allow him to create glass globes that show the occurrence of murders just before they happen.

Pierce, Tamora. The Circle Opens: Street Magic. Scholastic, 2001. Gr. 5-9.
When Briar, a green mage, discovers that Evvy can magically polish stones, he inadvertently becomes involved in a complicated plot devised by Lady Zenadia to control the streets and Evvy's magic.

Pullman, Philip, ad. Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. illus. by Sophy Williams. Levine/Scholastic, 2005. Gr. 4-6
Humor and drama enliven this retelling of the traditional Arabian folktale about Aladdin and his magical lamp.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. illus. by Mary GrandPre. Levine/Scholastic, 2003. Gr. 5-8 and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. illus. by Mary GrandPre. Levine/Scholastic, 2000. Gr. 5-8.
During his various school years at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the famous Harry Potter and his friends face challenges against the evil Lord Voldemort.

Sage, Angie. Magyk. illus. by Mark Zug. Tegen/HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 4-6.
Found as a baby by the Heap family, Jenna is actually the rightful heir to the throne, but the evil wizard DomDaniel has taken over the castle.

Shepard, Aaron. The Princess Mouse: A tale of Finland. illus. by Leonid Gore. Atheneum, 2003. 5-8 yrs.
When two brothers set off to find brides, young Mikko returns with his beloved, a sweet grey mouse (who is secretly a lovely princess under a witch's spell).

Spirin, Gennady. The Tale of the Firebird. tr. by Tatiana Popova; ad. and illus. by Gennady Spirin. Philomel, 2002. 6-10 yrs.
The tsar's youngest son goes on a quest to capture the firebird, which has been stealing apples from the royal garden.

Springer, Nancy. I am Morgan Le Fay: A Tale from Camelot. Philomel, 2001. Gr. 7-10.
The magical powers of Morgan Le Fay of Arthurian Legend allow her the determination, and possibly the ability, to destroy Camelot and it's king.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkland. Miramax/ Hyperion, 2003. Gr. 7-10.
Nathaniel, the magician's apprentice, summons the demon Bartimaeus in order to steal the Amulet of Samarkland. The previous holder of the amulet had plans for its use, and will do anything to get it back.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Golem's Eye. Miramax/Hyperion, 2004. Gr. 7-10.
Bartimaeus and Nathaniel (from The Amulet of Samarkland) are reunited and must race to save London from terrorist political conspirators and golem magic.

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr I. Swan Lake. by Marianne Martens; ad. and illus. by Lisbeth Zwerger. Neugebauer/North-South, 2002. Gr. 3-7.
Based on Tchaikovsky's early version of this play, this story has a happy ending as the evil sorcerer's spell is broken and the Swan Queen is turned back into a princess, thus free to marry her beloved prince.

Thesman, Jean. Singer. Viking, 2005. Gr. 8-12.
In her harsh, yet often beautiful world, Gwenore must use all of her supernatural gifts to find and destroy her evil sorceress mother.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Now You See It… Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 6-9.
The sunglasses that Wendy found allow her to see that her world is not quite what it seems and the people are not quite either. Now she must decide if she wants to get involved, even if it's dangerous.

Whitlock, Dean. Sky Carver. Clarion, 2005. Gr. 5-9.
When his small village becomes convinced that Carver seems destined to become a mage, he is sent on a quest to find a mentor. Along the way he acquires some interesting friends, and the mentor he finds is not what he seems.

Wrede, Patricia C. Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country. Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 6-10.
The letters cousins Kate and Cecilia write to each other tell of their adventures as they wreak romantic and magical havoc and find themselves in dangerous company.

Wrede, Patricia C. The Grand Tour, or The Purloined Coronation Regalia; by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. Harcourt, 2004. Gr. 6-10.
Now married to their beaux from the previous novel and on their honeymoons, Cecilia and Kate find magical trouble again and prove their wizardly prowess.

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