Bestselling Science Fiction & Fantasy Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling science fiction & fantasy books for 12 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

by: J.K. Rowling
Release date: Nov 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 304
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J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians

2. Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7

by: J. K. Rowling
Release date: Oct 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 4167
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HARRY POTTER BOXED SET 1-7 includes the seven phenomenal Harry Potter hardcover books by best selling author J. K. Rowling. These books are housed in a collectible trunk-like box with sturdy handles and privacy lock. Bonus decorative stickers are included in each boxed set.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

by: Rick RiordanJohn Rocco
Release date: Jun 03, 2014
Number of Pages: 1840
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All five books in the blockbuster Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, in paperback, have been collected in a boxed set fit for demigods. Now with glorious new cover art and packaged with a special poster, this value-priced set includes the best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. Whether it is for readers who are experiencing Percy’s thrilling adventures with Greek gods and monsters for the first time, or for fans who want to devour the saga again, this gift will be prized by young and old.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by: J.K. RowlingMary GrandPré
Release date: Sep 08, 1999
Number of Pages: 309
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Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

5. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

by: J. K. RowlingMary GrandPré
Release date: Aug 15, 2000
Number of Pages: 341
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The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself?

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

6. Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete First Series (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin)

by: Erin Hunter
Release date: Mar 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 2112
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Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter’s Warriors series a #1 national bestseller! This box set—featuring striking new art—includes all six books in the first Warriors series and is perfect for the collections of longtime Erin Hunter fans and readers new to the Warriors world.

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But now ThunderClan is in grave danger. Rival ShadowClan is growing stronger, a traitor may be hiding in their midst, and rising tensions threaten every cat in the forest.

In the dark days ahead, ThunderClan’s fate will rest in the paws of an unexpected hero: an ordinary house cat named Rusty…who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

by: J. K. Rowling
Release date: Jul 07, 2009
Number of Pages: 784
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Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues.

The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. –Daphne Durham

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by: J.K. RowlingMary GrandPré
Release date: Sep 11, 2001
Number of Pages: 448
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For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

9. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

by: J.K. RowlingMary GrandPré
Release date: Jul 30, 2002
Number of Pages: 752
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The paperback edition of the legendary, record-breaking, best-selling fourth Harry Potter novel.

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

by: J.K. RowlingMary GrandPré
Release date: Jul 25, 2006
Number of Pages: 652
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The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore’s guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

11. Michael Vey 6: Fall of Hades

by: Richard Paul Evans
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 352
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Michael and his friends try to recruit Hatch’s Electric Youth to their side as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying sixth installment of the New York Times bestselling series!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

12. Warriors: The New Prophecy Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete Second Series

by: Erin Hunter
Release date: Mar 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 2176
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Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series continues in Warriors: The New Prophecy! This box set—featuring striking new art—includes all six books in the second Warriors series and is perfect for the collections of longtime Erin Hunter fans and readers new to the Warriors world.

The wild cat Clans have lived in peace and harmony for many moons, but now strange messages from their warrior ancestors speak of a terrifying new prophecy and a mysterious danger.

Six cats, including young Brambleclaw of ThunderClan, must embark on an unprecedented journey, with the fate of the entire forest in their paws. The strength and courage of the greatest warriors will be put to the test as the prophecy unfolds—and the quest to save the Clans begins.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

13. The Secret Keepers

by: Trenton Lee StewartDiana Sudyka
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 512
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A New York Times Bestseller!

This heart-pounding mystery adventure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society, is laced with magic and humor

A magical watch

A string of secrets
A race against time

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero.
Now he is on a dangerous adventure–full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes–as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?
In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

14. Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison

by: Brandon MullBrandon Dorman
Release date: Oct 04, 2011
Number of Pages: 2512
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Package includes the following paperbacks in the FABLEHAVEN series: FABLEHAVEN RISE OF THE EVENING STAR GRIP OF THE SHADOW PLAGUE SECRETS OF THE DRAGON SANCTUARY KEYS TO THE DEMON PRISON
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

15. Warriors: Power of Three Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6

by: Erin Hunter
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 2256
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Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series continues in Warriors: Power of Three! This box set—featuring striking new art—includes all six books in the third Warriors series, and is perfect for the collections of longtime Erin Hunter fans and readers new to the Warriors world.

The time has come for three young cats of ThunderClan—Hollypaw, Jawpaw, and Lionpaw—to become apprentices. Grandchildren of the great leader Firestar, they possess unusual power and talent. But secrets and uncertainty surround them, and a mysterious prophecy promises trouble to come. The fate of the warrior code rests in the paws of these three apprentices—and all of their strength will be needed for the Clans to survive.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

16. Descendants: Mal’s Spell Book

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 192
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For fans of Descendants, this spell book, which formerly belonged to Maleficent before she passed it on to Mal, is full of comments, notes, and inside jokes between Mal and the other villains’ kids. Laugh and cry along with Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos as they find their way in the world of Auradon Prep.

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Anthologies

17. The Indian in the Cupboard

by: Lynne Reid Banks
Release date: Feb 09, 2010
Number of Pages: 240
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Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure.

It’s Omri’s birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian brave. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?

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Children’s Books > Classics

18. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

by: Madeleine L’EngleMadeleine L’Engle
Release date: May 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 256
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This is Book 1 of the Time Quintet Series

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

19. The Giver (Giver Quartet)

by: Lois Lowry
Release date: Jul 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 240
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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life

20. Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter)

by: Kennilworthy Whisp
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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The most checked-out book in the Hogwarts Library, and a volume no Quidditch player or Harry Potter fan should be without!

If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, who will use your money to continue improving and changing lives — work that is even more important and astonishing than the three-and-a-half-second capture of the Golden Snitch by Roderick Plumpton in 1921.

— Albus Dumbledore

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

21. Six of Crows

by: Leigh Bardugo
Release date: Sep 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 480
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A #1 New York Times bestseller

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction?if they don’t kill each other first.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

22. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 2: Bullies and Buddies (Volume 2)

by: Zack Zombie
Release date: Mar 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 136
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12 year old Zombie is back for another hilarious and exciting adventure.

This time Zombie is up against some of the meanest and scariest mob bullies at school.

Will he be able to stop the mob bullies from terrorizing him and his friends, and make it back in one piece?

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Bullies

23. Warriors: Omen of the Stars Box Set: Volumes 1-6

by: Erin HunterOwen Richardson
Release date: Nov 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 2256
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Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series continues in Warriors: Omen of the Stars! This box set—featuring striking new art—includes all six books in the fourth Warriors series, and is perfect for the collections of longtime Erin Hunter fans and readers new to the Warriors world. 

It has been foretold that Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw will hold the power of the stars in their paws. But dark shadows that have long preyed on the Clans are gaining strength, and as a catastrophic battle with the Dark Forest draws near, another, more ominous prophecy comes to light—and reveals that a fourth cat must join them in order to save the Clans.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

24. The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook: The Wand Chooses the Wizard

by: Duncan Levy
Release date: Sep 11, 2013
Number of Pages: 114
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Author and Harry Potter fan Duncan Levy recognizes that Wingardium Leviosa may be the most popular spell from the world of Harry Potter, but he’d be the first to remind fans that it isn’t the only one.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is a comprehensive companion for fans looking to delve deeper into the magical world of Harry Potter. Written by fifteen year old first-time author Duncan Levy, this extensive collection of spells is not only a fun treat for fans but an extensive look into the magic that fuels the universe of Harry Potter.

The books of Harry Potter were written by British author J.K Rowling. Since the first book’s publication back in 1997, the universe of Hogwarts and Nazguls has since taken the world by storm, spawning a series of highly successful films, and a whole line of official and unofficial books, toys, games and clothing lines.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook takes fans one step closer to the world of Harry Potter by providing them with a convenient and fun way of finding out the different magical spells that were used in the books. The book covers everything from hexes, jinxes, and curses to charms and healing spells. Whether you’re looking for a quick-read magic guide or a fun addition to your growing collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, the Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is perfect for you.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook is part of the THiNKaha series whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out quotations (tweets/ahas).

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

25. Lodestar (Keeper of the Lost Cities)

by: Shannon Messenger
Release date: Nov 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 688
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Dark schemes unfold—and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit—in this thrilling fifth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities—but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

26. The Giver Quartet boxed set

by: Lois Lowry
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 864
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Now a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, and Brenton Thwaites

 
This boxed set includes the complete Newbery Medal–winning Giver Quartet series: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. In addition, it includes a new and exclusive map of the Giver world. Enter this dystopian, futuristic world through all four of these refreshed hardcovers on a page-turning dystopian journey that concludes the masterpiece The Giver started twenty years ago. A great deal and the perfect gift for a fan’s library! 
 
     For more information about Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet, visit http://www.hmhbooks.com/thegiverquartet.
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

27. Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire, Book 8)

by: Tui T. Sutherland
Release date: Dec 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 336
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Peril has been loyal to Queen Scarlet, who used her fatal firescales to kill countless dragons in the SkyWing arena. Now, Peril is loyal to Clay, the only dragonet who has ever been her friend. So when Scarlet threatens Jade Mountain Academy, Peril sets off to find her former queen, stop her, and save the day, no matter what it takes.

There’s just one problem: a strangely persistent SeaWing, Turtle, insists on coming along, too. Turtle is worried about his friends, who left to search for Scarlet and haven’t returned. Peril is worried that she might accidentally burn Turtle — or burn him on purpose, for being so annoying — and frustrated that she keeps saying and doing the wrong things. She can’t escape her firescales, and she can’t escape her reputation as the deadliest dragon in Pyrrhia.

So when she’s offered a chance to trade everything for a second chance, Peril has to decide who she’s really loyal to . . . and whether her own scales might actually be worth saving.

 

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Children’s Books > Animals

28. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories)

by: Chris ColferBrandon Dorman
Release date: Jul 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 464
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Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

29. The Hobbit

by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Release date: Sep 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 300
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Now a major motion picture

A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS

 
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

30. The Tail of Emily Windsnap

by: Liz KesslerSarah Gibb
Release date: Apr 10, 2012
Number of Pages: 224
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A young girl learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves.

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep Emily away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery — about her own identity, the mysterious father she’s never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident — an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

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