Everyone loves an escape out of this world once in a while. Or perhaps, do you wish to experience what would happen if animals – or objects – could talk?
Fantasy stories are your solution! In books where nothing is impossible, the sky’s the limit! Reading fantasy stories are not just a great stress reliever but also beneficial for the imaginative and creative mind.
Not all fantasies are created equal, though. Did you know that there are different subgenres of fantasy – with some wilder than the others? Take a look at some of them below!
- Low fantasy: A story that takes place mostly in a realistic world, but with some magical elements that appear strange to the characters.
- High or Epic fantasy: A story set in a completely made-up world which has its own set of rules.
- Magical Realism: Similar to low fantasy, it is a story where magical elements are seen as normal in an otherwise realistic world.
- Fairy tales: A story meant for children that is set in a magical world, where supernatural characters like fairies, dragons, gnomes, elves, and more are common and accepted creatures.
With that, we can now explore some wonderful fantasy books! Do note that our selection is based off the “P4 GEP Recommendations for Extensive Reading” list, so these books are mainly catered to the target audience of 10 to 12 year-olds.
1. The Indian In The Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks)
Omri is a young boy living in what seems to be a normal world. But imagine his surprise when he discovers that the cupboard he receives as a birthday gift from his brother is nothing but ordinary – any toy that is placed in the cupboard will come to life! Thanks to the cupboard, Omri makes friends with characters from the past, learning their varied stories along the way. However, as trouble arises, Omri and his friend Patrick start to realise these are more than just toys.
Relating to children’s curiosities and imaginations, the fresh premise of this story is sure to satisfy fantasy lovers. Fans of this story can also dive deeper into this imaginary world with 4 sequels that follow.
Suitable for: Ages 8 to 12
2. The Secret Story of Tom Trueheart (Ian Beck)
Tom is the youngest of six brothers, all of whom are important characters in the Land of Stories, tasked to complete quests given by the Story Bureau. But Tom, being too young, remains at home with his mother. This changes when his brothers don’t show up for Tom’s twelfth birthday celebration, and a life-changing letter arrives for him. Will Tom be able to find his brothers and be the hero of his own story?
Readers will find familiar tales referenced throughout the story as Tom embarks on his quest, and you can’t help rooting for the young protagonist as he learns and grows through his adventures. There is also a series of books for readers who can’t get enough of Tom’s adventures!
Suitable for: Ages 8 to 12