Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett.
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.
Midnight for Charlie Bone, by
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.
Abarat, by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day findsherself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed..
Singer to the Sea God, by Vivien
When he and his companions flee their island home after the king's court is turned to stone, Phaidon begins to believe in the gods and monsters that his uncle has always scorned.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
The Castle in the Attic, by
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.
The Lost Years of Merlin, by
T. A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
(Lost Years of Merlin epic: The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Merlin, The Mirrors of Merlin, The Wings of Merlin)
So You Want to Be a Wizard,
by Diane Duane
YA Duane + YAPB Duane
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
(Wizardy series: So You Want to Be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, Hight Wizardy, A Wizard Abroad, The Wizard's Dilema, A Wizard Alone)
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
(Sequel: Castle in the Air)
The Witches, by Roald Dahl
A boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.
Secret of Platform 13, by Eva
Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.
Greatest Show Off Earth, by
Delphinium spends her tenth birthday aboard a traveling space circus, fighting against the dark forces who are bent on stamping out fun.
Knights of the Kitchen Table,
by Jon Sciezska
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire- breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.
The Rope Trick, by Lloyd Alexander
Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines adventure, love, and mystery.
The Wind Singer, William Nicholson
After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its people.
(The Wind on Fire trilogy: The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery, Firesong)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,
by Robert O'Brien
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
The Dragonslayers, by Bruce Coville
A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch's revenge.
Sandry's Book, by Tamora Pierce
Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.
(Circle of Magic quartet: Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, Daja's Book, Briar's Book)
The Golden Compass, by Philip
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
(His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)