Nightingale’s Nest, by Nikki Loftin

Nightingales NestSummary:  In this twist on “The Nightingale,” Little John, despite his own poverty and grief, reaches out to Gayle, an unhappy foster child living next-door who sings beautifully and hides a great secret.


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The Witch’s Island, by Zoe Griffin

Witchs IslandSummary: Melody Spring is a normal fifteen-year-old girl living in a tiny town in Indonesia. But when Melody and her best friends Claire and Sky find out that an evil enchantress called the Witch Greene lives on a nearby island and plans to take over their town, their lives change forever.  The three girls undertake the task of defeating the witch and saving their town, but is the Witch Greene really the end of their problems, or is she just a pawn in a much bigger game?

CreateSpace Independent Publishing


The Secret Box, by Whitaker Ringwald

Secret BoxSummary:  On her twelfth birthday, Jax Malone receives an odd, unopenable present from an estranged aunt. When Jax and her cousins Ethan and Tyler go on a quest to open the box, they uncover a mystery with magical consequences.

Katherine Tegen

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A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd

Summary: Snicker of Magic The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.


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Beyond the Door, by Maureen McQuerry

Beyond the DoorTime Out of Time #1

When mythical creatures appear, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold for Timothy, his sister Sarah, and school bully Jessica, who must defeat the powers of the Darkness.


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The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen, by Nicholas Christopher

True Adventures of Nicolo ZenSummary: Nicolo is all alone in 1700s Venice, save for his clarinet, enchanted by a mysterious magician to allow its first player to perform expertly. Soon Nicolo is a famous virtuoso, wealthy beyond his dreams, but he can’t stop wondering if he earned the success — or the girl he met in Venice is safe from harm.

Random House

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Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson

Magic marks the spotThe Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Summary:  When Hilary Westfield escapes Miss Pim’s finishing school to join a misfit pirate crew, she embarks on an unexpectedly magical swashbuckling, plank-walking, searfaring journey.


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The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu

Real boySummary: A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster.

Walden Pond

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Grave Images, by Jenny Goebel

Grave ImagesSummary: When a mysterious and sinister stranger walks into the family-owned Alpine Monuments and asks for a job etching portraits for the gravestones, thirteen-year-old Bernadette is impressed with his art, but disturbed by the man himself–and then people in her small town start dying.


Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog, by Frances Sackett

Misadventures of the Magicians DogSummary:  On his twelfth birthday, Peter chooses, or is chosen by, a strange, talking dog that teaches him magic in order that they might rescue a self-destructive wizard, aided by Peter’s younger sisters, Celia and Izzy.

Holiday House

The Apprentices, by Maile Meloy

ApprenticesSummary:  Two years after parting from Benjamin and Janie reunites via magical communication to prevent a global catastrophe.


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The Pirate’s Coin, by Marianne Malone

Pirates CoinSummary:  A magical coin leads sixth-graders Ruthie and Jack to 1753 Massachusetts and to Jack’s pirate ancestor when they return to the Art Institute of Chicago’s miniature Thorne Rooms on a mission to restore an African American family’s reputation.

Random House

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A Box of Gargoyles, by Anne Nesbet

Box of GargoylesSummary:  A sinister magic begins to ripple throughout Paris–warping everything it touches–and Maya soon realizes that she is the only one who can stop it.


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Outlaws of Sherwood Street : Giving to the Poor, by Peter Abrahams

Outlaws of Sherwood St Giving to the PoorSummary:  Robbie and friends, using a magical charm, protect a Canarsee Indian burial ground from urban developers.


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Army of Frogs, by Trevor Pryce

Army of FrogsSummary:  While the Kulipari, the Amphibilands elite fighting group of poisonous frogs, is away, young Darel hopefully assembles a motley crew of friends to fend off an attack by the spell caster called the Spider Queen, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions.



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