Episode 55: Fantasy Novels for Tweens

April 25, 2023

In episode 55 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Fantasy Novels for Tweens

Kids love fantasy series for all sorts of reasons, but escaping into big worlds is a driving factor. Megan and Allison recommend a wide variety of fantasy novels for readers 10+, from the classic to the brand new.

Plus, Allison has tips for young writers who want to create their own fantasy worlds, while Megan shares the joy of ‘shelf talkers’.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Museum of Broken Things’ by Lauren Draper 

‘Kicking Goals’ series by Sam Kerr 

‘Crumbs’ by Phillip Cummings. Illustrated by Shane DeVries 

‘Tangki Tjuta – Donkeys’ by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

‘Britannica’s Word of the Day’ by Patrick Kelly, Renee Kelly, Sue Macy. Illustrated by Josy Bloggs and Emily Cox


Fantasy novels for tweens

Recommended fantasy novels for tweens (kids 10+)

‘Harry Potter’ series by JK Rowling 

‘Land of Stories’ series by Chris Colfer

‘Nevermoor’ series by Jessica Townsend 

‘Wings of Fire’ series by Tui T Sutherland 

‘Kingdoms and Empires’ series by Jacquline Moriarty 

‘Starfell’ series by Dominique Valente

‘The Land of Roar’ series by Jenny McLachlan

‘Pages and Co’ by Anna James

‘The Girl who drank the Moon’ by Kelly Barnhill

‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’ by A.L. Tait

‘The Ghost Locket’ by Allison Rushby 

‘When the Bell Rings’ by Allison Rushby

‘A Most Magical Girl’ by Karen Foxlee

‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy’ by Karen Foxlee 

‘Monuments’ by Will Kostaskis

‘Malamander series’ by Thomas Taylor

‘The Darkness of Dragons trilogy’ by S.A. Patrick

‘Snow and Rose’ by Emily Winfield Martin

‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo (more YA)

‘The Boy the Wolf and the Stars’ by Shivaun Plozza

‘Monstrous Devices’ by Damien Love

‘The Left-Handed Booksellers of London’ by Garth Nix

‘Skandor and the Unicorn Theif’ by A.F. Steadman

‘Arkanae series’ by Lynette Noni

‘Elementals trilogy’ by Amie Kaufman

‘Percy Jackson series’ by Rick Riordan

‘Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell

‘Rangers Apprentice series’ by John Flanagan

‘Rowan of Rin series’ by Emily Rodda

‘The Glimme’ by Emily Rodda

‘Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula K. Le Guin

‘Dragonrider series’ by Cornelia Funke

‘Ink Heart series’ by Cornelia Funke

‘Keeper of the Lost Cities series’ by Shannon Messenger

‘The Keepers Trilogy’ by Lian Tanner

‘Eragon series’ by Christopher Paolini

‘Frogkisser’ by Garth Nix

‘Have Sword, Will Travel’ by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Quick tips

Shelf talker examples – Year Three

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Fantasy novels for tweens - recommended reads for kids 10+