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About the Genre
Modern Fantasy is a genre that involves unreal worlds.
Examples of Modern Fantasy are:
- Animal Fantasy
- The World of Toys and Dolls
- Eccentric Characters and Preposterous Situations
- Extraordinary Worlds
- Magical Powers
- Suspense and the Supernatural
- Time-Shift Fantasy
- Imaginary Realms (think King Arthur stories)
- High Fantasy (think Lord of the Rings)
From Kiefer, B., & Tyson C. (2009). Charlotte Huck's children's literature: A brief guide. McGraw-Hill.
Selections for Grade 6 and up
The Battle of the Labyrinth by
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.
Publication Date: 2011-08-30
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.
Tender Morsels by
Publication Date: 2008-10-14
A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.
Selections for K-6
A Bad Case of Stripes by
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by
Publication Date: 1982-04-01
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by
Publication Date: 2012-06-19
Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.
Publication Date: 1981-04-27