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Recommendations for Children's/Young Adult Adventure Fantasy?

Hello there. So I have been interested in adventure fantasy lately and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I want a fantasy adventure novel (series or not) that is either in the children's fantasy/middle grade market or in the YA market. Everything from classics to more modern are welcomed!

I am yet to have a list of adventure fantasy i'm reading/already read but I guess Eragon by Christopher Paolini counts.

Alright, cannot wait to see what you guys recommend! Cya!

- ThatOneParanormalWriter

Mad Swede

I've always liked the Narnia stories, but of those there is one you must read and that is "The Horse and His Boy". I've always been hugely impressed by the way in which CS Lewis creates the realm of Calormen and details it in the first 100 pages or so. The food, the politics, its society. And it really is quite a grim and dark book - the way Lewis describes the scene where the Tisroc discusses Rabadash' plans to take Archenland with the Grand Vizier, and calmly notes that failure will likely mean Rabadash' death (so removing a threat to the Tisroc's rule) is an amazing bit of cynical realism for a childrens book. People talk about George Martin and Joe Abercrombie being dark and cynical, but in many ways Lewis got there first with this book.
Two other classics are the Hobbit and Harry Potter, though the last one is a bit more urban fantasy.

The mistborn trilogy, and Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson are also nice, they lean a bit more towards epic.

For a more humorous approach, you can try the Discworld novels featuring Tiffany Aching; The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight and The Shepherd's Crown, by Terry Pratchett..


Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series (including The Black Cauldron) is very excellent epic fantasy.
I second George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin for a very fairy tale feel.
Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Excellent solid fantasy with interesting female characters.
Ronja, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren.
Terry Pratchett wrote a number of excellent YA books--the earlier Bromeliad trilogy and the more recent Tiffany Aching books.
Those are mostly older, more classic books (the kind that I was reading at that age).
The students I tutor right now who are in your target age range absolutely adore the books in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, which will give you a nice selection of what's getting onto shelves right now and what kids are reading that's current. I see kids reading these all the time (or stuffing them quickly into their backpacks right before a lesson starts, which is a great endorsement).

Ben Scotton

I was actually thinking about this today before I found this thread! I've not come across much Children/YA fantasy fiction that I've enjoyed. Which is weird because I really like the Narnia series and the Hobbit.
George McDonald's "the Princess and the Goblin" is pretty good but not up there with Lewis for me.
Tried a couple of Brandon Sanderson's books but there was too little story and too much courtly politics.
Recently there's been the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson, it's OK, but not a classic.
Does Wind In The Willows count as fantasy?
Suppose I need to read some Terry Pratchett.
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