Best Books that Feature Magic + Giveaway (Closed)!

Well, with the leaves falling, pumpkins adorning porches and Halloween around the corner we couldn't help but think about books that had magic in them! Here's our list of classics, new and old, that feature magic!

1. The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Age Recommendation: 8+

Ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt has come to live in a mysterious house on High Street in New Zebedee, Michigan. The purple-haired neighbor and his Uncle Johnathan are anything but average in this classic debut in a twelve book series.

Quirky, suspenseful and spooky enough to keep you wanting the lights on, this book will have you on edge until the last page!

A fantastic movie adaptation and follow up books make The House With a Clock in Its Walls a perfect choice for a good Halloween read!

Find out more along with our follow-up activities in our post here!

2. Half-Magic by Edward Eager

Age Recommendation: 7+

Jane and her siblings find a mysterious coin that soon leads to unexpected and hilarious surprises in Half Magic; a book that gives new light to the saying 'Be careful what you wish for'!

This innocent looking coin contains more power than Jane suspected, and she discovers that it grants wishes-or half-wishes, at least!

Experimenting with this unusual object brings the foursome more magic, mayhem and wishes than they bargained for in this classic tale featuring fun art to enhance the adventures!

3. The Ivy Pocket Trilogy - by Caleb Krisp

Age Recommendation: 8+

A completely delightful surprise, I loved these books and so did my daughter! It's such a delight to bump into a book (and in this case, three- it's a trilogy!) that is completely fresh, you can't put down and make you desperate to read the next one!

I actually spotted Anyone But Ivy Pocket because of the amazing illustrations and was immediately drawn in! Little pun, there, did you catch it?!

12-year-old Ivy Pocket is a maid filled with self-confidence, hysterical observations and doing and saying what we all wish we could!

This trilogy weaves together Ivy Pocket's personal story with magic, ghosts and good vs. evil in an action-packed, witty, fun read! You will love Ivy Pocket!

4. The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Age Recommendation: 6+

This series started before I was born and it's still going strong!

A magic treehouse transports siblings Jack and Annie to any place or time where riddles, spells, and more await them as they travel around the world and through different eras!

The Magic Treehouse Series expertly combines fantasy and history to create unforgettable adventures every time!

5. Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Age Recommendation: Young Adult

Recently orphaned, 17-year-old Camille Durbonne lives in eighteenth-century Paris on the eve of the French Revolution.

With a younger sister to care for, Camille uses spells and magic she's been taught, first making money out of scraps, and then turning to magic forbidden by her mother, transforming herself into an imposter in the court of Versailles.

The wealthy members of the court have their own powerful pull, and Camille must maintain an impossible illusion while keeping her secrets from becoming known to those around her.

Enchantee seamlessly weaves fantasy, intrigue and glamour into an elegant novel that has magic and suspense to keep you reading, guessing and loving every page!

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Age Recommendation: 8+

The Roald Dahl classic that is adored and sits on many a bookshelf!

Meet Matilda- a wickedly smart and sweet young girl whose parents unfortunately aren't the best at noticing her existence other than as a pest.

When she starts school, Matilda is delighted to meet Miss Honey, her sweet new teacher, but not so pleased to encounter her hateful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, whose awful ways provoke Matilda into discovering she's capable of an astonishing power she never guessed she had!

With a little planning, Matilda decides to turn the tables! This whimsical, witty and magical tale has delightful illustrations and a wonderful heroine to root for!

7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Age Recommendation: 8+

I remember every year watching The Wizard of Oz with my brothers on TV back before video stores, DVDs and online streaming!

We'd gather on the floor in front of the TV in great anticipation of this classic tale that had the best lines - "I'll get you my pretty!" "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," and "There's no place like home!"

Those monkeys scared the heck out of me and Glinda was the prettiest witch ever! Loved the Lollipop Guild and hid my eyes whenever the witch cackled! Good times!

For those of you who didn't already know, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first in the 14 book Oz series! You better get crackin'!

8. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Age Recommendation: 8+

This is a fantastic series if you love fairy tales, and can't get enough of twists off the famous originals!

At the School for Good and Evil, students are trained to become the heroes and villains of fairy tales and fables. Best friends Sophie and Agatha who are total and complete opposites are sure they know which school each will be in. Glamorous Sophie has made it her lifelong mission to enter the School for Good, and negative Agatha is going to the School for Evil.

The girls are more than a little shocked, however, when their fates are switched, and Sophie gets dropped in Evil's halls, while Agatha is placed in Good's hands.

Follow the girls and their adventures in this memorable, magical series, The School for Good and Evil!

9. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Age Recommendation: 8+

What if you had to do whatever you were told, no matter what? Not all fairies are kind, and given the 'gift' of obedience at birth by a mischievous one, Ella must obey any order, however outrageous!

Not willing to give up, however, Ella sets out to undo the curse, encountering fairy godmothers, ogres and princes along the way! This spin on a classic is a spellbinding read, and Gail Carson Levine has others like it once you've finished Ella Enchanted!

10. The Seraphina Series by Robert Beatty

Age Recommendation: 8+

This elegant series combines nature, magic and suspense with a unique voice that takes place at the Biltmore Estate and area surrounding near Asheville, North Carolina.

The setting of this Gilded Age American palace and the mountains around it are as much a character of the stories as Seraphina and the other residents are.

The Gothic feel of the writing and the setting combined with the voice that author, Robert Beatty gives to the characters in the Seraphina Series make you feel like you are walking alongside and bearing witness to every suspenseful moment as these captivating and magical stories unfold!

11. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Age Recommendation: 10+

Ever since their mother died six years ago, siblings Carter and Sadie Kane haven't seen much of each other. When their father brings them to the British Museum attempting to right a past mistake, he winds up unleashing powerful Egyptian gods, resulting in Carter and Sadie's discovery of their own powerful roots.

Join Carter and Sadie in The Kane Chronicles as they receive a crash course in Egyptian mythology and embark on a quest overflowing with action, humor and magic at every turn!

12. The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Age Recommendation: 8+

It is so hard to pick a favorite book or series! The Sisters Grimm Series is definitely on both my and my daughter's Fave Book Lists!

I first bumped into it while visiting family out of town and decided to check out the nearby Barnes and Noble for some quiet reading time. Well, I had picked The Sisters Grimm off the display and could not put it down! Stamp of approval was shared by daughter and she read and reread these until she was quoting daily from the pages!

Laugh-out-loud funny, clever writing and best-ever characters will have you on a mission to read every book in The Sisters Grimm Series from beginning to end and anxious to share and recommend this unforgettable series!

Sisters Daphne and Sabrina have gone to live with their Granny Relda in Ferryport Landing and are in for the shock of their lives! Discovering that they are the descendants of the Grimms brothers is surprising enough, but to realize that those stories and magic are based in reality is more than they bargained for!

Quirky, funny, heartwarming and unforgettable, these books are writing at its best!

13. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Age Recommendation: Teen & Young Adult

If you've ever read a Lois Duncan book, you'll know what I'm talking about-her young adult thrillers are one-of-a-kind and unmatched as far as suspense goes!

Her writing keeps you on the edge of your seat without relying on too much shock value or violence. But believe me, you should read Down a Dark Hall with plenty of lights on regardless!

When Kit Gordy is admitted into an elite private school, she's anxious but pushes it aside as nerves. At first, all seems okay. Then, unexplained things start occurring; Kit and her classmates hear voices, see shadows, and develop strange talents-all of which seem to point to a sinister magic surrounding Blackwood Hall!

14. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Age Recommendation: 9+

And now we've arrived at the series that we all knew would be part of this post!

It is rare that we bump into someone that isn't a Harry Potter fan and it's usually the first answer we get when we ask for a fave book or recommendation!

Harry Potter is the quintessential 'rise above it all' hero that inspires every one of us. this series gives every one of us a hero to cheer for, characters that we absolutely adore (my fave is Luna!) and a well-planned and detailed storyline that weaves it all together in a perfect tapestry of writing that will last for a very long time!

One thing I like almost as much as the books are all of the additional books and movies that go along with it! Thankfully, there is an ample amount of books, movies and merchandise to satisfy every fan of the Harry Potter series!



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