Applegate, Katherine. Wishtree. (FIC APP) For over 200 years, Red has been the neighborhood wishtree which means that one day each year people place their greatest wishes on her branches. After a new family moves into the neighborhood and someone carves the word LEAVE into her trunk, some people believe that it's time for the wise old red oak to be cut down. As Red tells her story, it becomes clear that knowing about the past can be the key to protecting the future, but will it be enough to keep the the tree and the neighborhood flourishing? Also by this author: Crenshaw, The One and Only Ivan
Baker, E.D.. Frog Princess. (FIC BAK) After avoiding the prince her parents want her to marry, Emma gets talked into kissing a frog hoping to turn him back into the prince he claims to be. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan, and Emma finds that instead of changing the frog into a prince, she has actually turned into a frog. Other titles in this series: Dragon’s Breath, Once Upon a Curse, No Place for Magic, Salamander Spell, Dragon Princess, Dragon Kiss, and A Prince Among Frogs.
Beatty, Robert. Serafina and Black Cloak. (FIC BEA) Serafina has lived all 12 years of her life hidden in the basement of the famous Biltmore Estate and has been given the title of Chief Rat Catcher by her father, the custodian of the mansion. Serafina witnesses the strange disappearance of one of the Biltmore's guests, and the culprit is a man in a black cloak. As Serafina persues the man in the black cloak, she uncovers the truth about her own strange upbringing as well. Serafina knows she'll need help stopping the man, but it means revealing her secret to the Biltmore owner's nephew and convincing him that her story of the man in the black cloak is true.
Becker, Bonny. The Magical Ms. Plum. (FIC BEC) Strange things seem to happen in Ms. Plum’s third grade class, and everyone wants to know the secret of the mysterious supply closet.
Codell, Esme Raji. Diary of a Fairy Godmother. (FIC COD) What do you do when everyone expects you to act a certain way, but you have a completely different idea of what’s right for you? That’s the dilemma Hunky Dory faces. Because she’s a witch, she’s not supposed to grant wishes, but that’s exactly what she wants to do.
Cossanteli, Veronica. The Extincts. (FIC COS) Working at the Wormestall Farm was supposed to be a way for George to earn money to buy a bike but leads to encounters with rare, extinct, and even mythological creatures. George has his work cut out for him after a basilisk escapes, and neighborhood pets start to disappear. To make matters worse, an evil taxidermist wants to capture all the rare creatures for her own personal collection. Did I mention that the evil taxidermist is the stepmother of George's new friend? You can see why George has his hands full!
Coville, Bruce. Trolled. (FIC COV)After shaking hands with troll hiding out in the New York Subway, 6th grader Cody learns why he has such a wild imagination and rose-scented farts. He also discovers he can talk to animals. All these qualities will be necessary on Cody's quest to reunite families and friends in the Enchanted Realms. Other books by this author: The Dragon of Doom, Jennifer Murdley’s Toad, The Monster’s Ring, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Diary of a Mad Brownie, Hatched, Cursed
Cowell, Cressida. The Wizards of Once. (FIC COW) When the Warriors outlawed and destroyed all magical beings, Wizards like Xar and his magical friends were forced to hide. Even though Xar hasn't received his magical powers yet, the Warriors see him as a threat. When Xar meets Wish, a Warrior Princess, all they've ever known will come into question and each side has both something to gain and something to lose.
Crum, Shutta. Thomas and the Dragon Queen. (FIC CRU) Because Thomas is the smallest squire even though he’s not the youngest, he struggles to be respected. That’s all about to change when Thomas has a chance to rescue the kidnapped princess from the queen of the dragons.
Cuevas, Michelle. Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. (FIC CUE) Jacques feels invisible because no one, except his loving twin sister, pays any attention to him at all. Imagine his surprise when Jacques discovers that his is actually Fleur's imaginary friend. As Jacques struggles to find out who he really is, he learns more about love and friendship than he ever expected. If you liked "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," you'll want to give this book a try.
DeStefano, Lauren. The Girl with the Ghost Machine. (FIC DES) After Emmaline's mother dies, her father becomes completely obsessed with creating in the basement that he Believes will bring Emmaline's mother back to life. Because of this obsession, Emmaline has barely seen her father during the two years since her mother's death, so Emmaline isn't sure what to believe. Will the machine work, and if it does, will it be worth the consequences that are sure to follow?
Diterlizzi, Tony. Kenny & the Dragon. (FIC DIT) Kenny’s new friend is causing quite an uproar with the people of the village. If Kenny doesn’t do something to prevent it, his dragon friend could be slain by St. George. Something new from the creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. 2012 Bluestem Nominee
Epstein, Adam Jay. The Familiars. (FIC EPS) Aldwyn is an alley cat that gets more than he bargained for after posing as a familiar to a wizard in training. When the young wizard is kidnapped, Aldwyn and his animal companions must face danger and other challenges to free their human partners. Sequels = The Secrets of the Crown and Circle of Friends 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Funke, Cornelia. Dragon Rider. (FIC FUN) Firedrake enlists the help of a brownie and a boy to assist him on a quest to find a safe place for dragons. They encounter many dangers in their search for the Rim of Heaven, but the most dangerous of all just might be the golden dragon, Nettlebrand. Also by this author Igraine the Brave.
Goebels, Jenny. Fortune Falls. (FIC GOE) Fortune Falls is the luckiest place imaginable! Unfortunately for Sadie, her luck is mostly bad luck and soon she'll take a test to determine whether her future will be charmed like all the Luckies or doomed like those labeled Luckless. Her best friend has recently been identified as a Lucky, and he's determined to help Sadie pass that test, but then she encounters a black. We all know what that means...or do we?
Grabenstein, Chris. Island of Dr. Libris. (FIC GRA) Billy's summer at a lakeside cottage goes from boring to mind-boggling when he realizes that he has the power to make book characters come to life on an island in the middle of the lake. Billy isn't sure how or why it works, but he's hoping he can use this new power to bring his parents back together. Billy isn't sure if his plan will work or whether it's just too dangerous.
Harper, Charise Mericle. Dreamer, Wisher, Liar. (FIC HAR) Ashley is dreading the summer because her best friend is off at camp, leaving Ash on her own. When Ashley finds a secret jar in the basement filled wishes that transport her to the past, she thinks that maybe the summer won't be so painful after all. That dream is shattered when her mom enlists Ash to babysit a quirky 7-year-old girl named Claire. The fact that Claire has some embarrassing qualities is the least of Ashley's worries; she just doesn't want her jar of wishes to be found.
Harris Neil Patrick. Magic Misfits. (FIC HAR) When a crooked carnival man comes to town, it's up to Carter and his new friends who are also interested in illusions to stop the greedy Bosso and his group of thieves.
Jinks, Catherine. How to Catch a Bogle. Historical Fantasy (FIC JIN) Birdie McAdam is a 10-year-old orphan with an interesting job. She's a bogler's girl, which basically means that she is used as bait to lure monsters from their hiding places by singing to them, and Mr. Bunce kills the monster before the monster kills Birdie. After meeting Miss Eames, Birdie is worried that she'll have to leave the life and friends she's come to know since Miss Eames wants to take her in and raise her. However, as more and more children begin to disappear, Birdie comes to realize that she and Mr. Bunce might need Miss Eames help them catch the worst bogle of all.
Jones, Kimberly. The Genie Scheme. (FIC JON) Jenna does a good deed for a homeless person who turns out to be a genie that can grant her every wish. Jenna has some tough decisions ahead when she realizes that when she gets something, it has been taken away from someone else.
Joyce, William. E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core. (FIC JOY) Fearing that the Nightmare King has gone underground and is plotting evil, the Guardians enlist the help of E. Aster Bunnymund to uncover the location of the missing children of Santoff Classen. More int this series include Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, Nicholas North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
Kessler, Liz. The Tail of Emily Windsnap. (FIC KES) At 12-years-old, Emily Windsnap has never had swimming lessons. When she finally convinces her mother to let her take those lessons, Emily discovers an amazing secret about herself. Sequels include Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist, Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep.
Klimo, Kate. The Dragon in the Volcano. (FIC KLI) Cousins Jesse and Daisy have had their hands full as Keepers of a dragon named Emmy. When Emmy gets bored and runs away to the Fiery Realm, Daisy and Jesse are off to find her and bring her home. This is the fourth book in the Dragon Keepers series, which includes: Dragon in the Sock Drawer, Dragon on the Driveway, and Dragon in the Library.
Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. (FIC LLO) Legend says that Midnight Gulch used to be a magical town. When Felicity Pickle moves there with her mom and younger sister, she's convinced that there's still a snicker of magic left in the town. Unfortunately, Felicity and her friend Jonah will have to break the town's curse to bring the magic back before Felicity's mom decides to move again. Another by this author is The Key to Extraordinary.
Lubar, David. Punished. (FIC LUB) As punishment for playing tag in the library, Logan can only speak in puns. He’s got to find the mysterious man who gave him this unusual punishment if he hopes to break the spell.
Malone, Marianne. The Sixty-Eight Rooms (FIC MAL) A field trip to the art museum leads to the discovery of a key which allows a person to shrink to the size of the sixty-eight miniature rooms of the Thorne collection. Jack and Ruthie can’t resist using the key but struggle to learn its secret.
Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays. (FIC MAS) Amanda and Leo have always celebrated their birthdays together, but this year is different since they have been in an argument for the past year. Soon they both realize that the day of their birthday keeps repeating over and over. Something’s got to change so they can get back to their normal lives. Sequels include Finally and 13 Gifts Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Mlynowski, Sara. Upside Down Magic. (FIC MLY) Even though Nory's father is the head of a prestigious magic school, her inability to control her wonky magic means she won't be able to attend. Instead, she is sent to live with her aunt where she'll attend a different school with others who are seen as misfits. Nory is not convinced that this is where she belongs and will do whatever it takes to control her magic and move on to her father's school. However, doing so would mean leaving behind all the wonderfully wonky people she's met.
Pearce, Jackson. Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures. (FIC PEA) After a little unicorn mishap at school, Pip must spend the summer with her aunt at a clinic for magical creatures. Since Pip can understand magical creatures like hobgrackles, silky griffins, and bitterflunks, she's enjoying her time and has even made friends with an allergy prone boy named Tomas. The fun turns to trouble when fuzzles appear and start bursting into flames. Pip's ability to talk to magical creatures could be the only way to save the town if anyone else will just listen.
Pyron, Robbie. Lucky Strike. (FIC PYR) Nate's luck seems to change from bad to good after he survives a lightning strike on his 11th birthday. With that good luck and newfound popularity, Nate just can't keep up with all the offers of friendship and fun. Something's got to give, but will it be the friendship he's had all along with the smartest girl in the county who also just happens to be the person who saved his life?
Rubino-Bradway, Caitlen. Ordinary Magic. (FIC RUB) On what should have been the happiest day of her life, Abby learns that she has no magical powers and is branded an "Ord" and judged to be ordinary. She's seen as a misfit because everyone else in town has some level of magical power, just the opposite of Harry Potter. Now Abby must go away to a special school to learn how to live a life without magic. Unfortunately, she'll also have to keep herself safe from kidnappers, carnivores, goblins, and just plain bullies. It's a good thing Abby is won't let being "Ordinary" keep her from being Extraordinary.
Saunders, Kate. Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop. (FIC SAU) A talking cat explains to 11-year-old twins Oz and Lily that they have magic powers and must use them to stop an evil genius from making chocolate that makes people immortal. Despite the danger, Oz and Ivy willingly jump at the chance to save the world from what could happen if the chocolate falls into the wrong hands. Another by this author is The Little Secret.
Segal, Jason. Nightmares. (FIC SEG) Ever since his dad got remarried after his mother died, Charlie Laird is exhausted; he just can't get any sleep. You'd have trouble sleeping, too, if your stepmom was a witch and your worst nightmares started making themselves real during the day. One thing is certain. If Charlie and his friends don't overcome their fears, the whole town will be taken over by the terrifying President Fear.
Stephens, John. The Emerald Atlas. Fantasy (FIC STE) After their parents disappeared 10 years ago, Kate, Michael, and Emma have gone from one orphanage to another. When they realize that this was done to protect them from an evil enemy, the children must use their newly discovered powers to find a magical book that will keep themselves safe and to help them find out what happened to their missing parents.
Vernon, Ursula. Castle Hangnail. (FIC VER) Despite being only 12-years-old and not quite the wicked witch the minions at Castle Hangnail are accustomed to, Molly is determined to complete the tasks required by the Board of Magic which will keep Castle Hangnail open make Molly the true Master. However, when Molly's secrets begin to unfold, the minions are not sure they should stick with Molly or switch loyalties to the sorceress that was originally invited to the castle.
Vernon, Ursula. Dragonbreath. (FIC VER) The bad news: Danny Dragonbreath has to rewrite his report on the ocean. The good news: his cousin the sea serpent can take him undersea and give Danny all the help he needs. Come along for the adventure! Other titles in this series: Attack of the Ninja Frogs, Curse of the Were-wiener, and Lair of the Bat Monster.
Voake, Steve. Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way. (FIC VOA) Imagine what it would be like if you could communicate with animals. After an encounter with a butterfly, Daisy Dawson can actually do just that. Now she gets to use her special talent to help the animals she loves. Other titles in this series: Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond and Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze.
Yep, Laurence. A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans. (FIC YEP) After Fluffy (a.k.a Great Aunt Amelia) dies, both Winnie (a gifted 10-year-old artist) and Miss Drake (a cantankerous 3000-year-old dragon) believe that the other is their pet. When Winnie's drawings in a magical sketch book come to life and terrorize the city, the two will have to work together if they have any hope of saving the world from the menacing monsters that have been unleashed.