What are the best must-read modern children's fantasy?

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    #1The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Anna Hughes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. It is fast paced, well-written, and full of loveable, believable characters -- even if they are children of gods. This whole series is an excellent read for anyone, and a choice pick for parents who are looking for exciting, fun, clean books for both boys and girls to read. As a school librarian, I could rarely keep this book on the shelf more than half a day. As a grandparent, I've gifted it to the grandkids, and even given copies to adult friends. It is one of those rare finds these days: a truly well-written, good book with a universal theme that still manages to be fresh."
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    #2The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Angela Barrett
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a literary classic in eyes! I first read the book with my parents when I was about 9 years old and fell in love with the story. I read it again when I was 17 and enjoyed it even more! This beautifully written fantasy that transports your mind to make you feel as though your with Bilbo, Gandalf, etc. on their adventures. This is a great book for any age and would be fun to read together as a family."
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    #3Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl
    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
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    Amanda Harper
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Nothing better. Most adults I know that read this liked it. It's a classic fantasy of extremely high quality -- think Harry Potter. I can't imagine a better example of a fantasy novel that crosses generational lines, it's just such an openly creative book written very carefully so that it presents high, haughty, adult ideas in simple language for kids. "
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    #4The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Sandra Jensen
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) is an absolute must-read modern children's fantasy book. The book is simply outstanding. All of my children have read and loved this book. Highly recommended!"
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    #5Fablehaven

    Fablehaven

    Fablehaven is the first book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Published by Shadow Mountain on June 14, 2006, Fablehaven is about Kendra and her brother Seth and their quest to save Fablehaven.

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    Randy Webb
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Fablehaven is the perfect book for young children. The fantasy story line keeps the children's attention. "
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    #6The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series)

    The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series)

    The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series Book 1) is a mythology and folk tales literary novel written by Paige W. Pendleton. It was published November 17, 2012 by Pig Wing Press.

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    Kelly Bowman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Paige W. Pendleton tried to put a modern twist on C. S. Lewis' seminal Chronicles of Narnia. Unfortunately, she failed miserably. The Pevinsie children who become kings and queens in Narnia were a product of their time, innocent and credulous. It's difficult to imagine that such wide-eyed naivete is present in modern-age children."
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    #7The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    #8The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Magician's Nephew is a classic fantasy-adventure fiction novel for young adults and children written by C.S. Lewis. This is the 6th book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. This was originally published in 1955.

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    Howard Holmes
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia) is a fiction story for children. it is written by C.S. Lewis. i recommend for young readers "
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    #9The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Horse and His Boy is the third book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The novel revolves around two boys and two talking horses in their journey to the magical world of Narnia. 

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    Ishan Pillai
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Chronicles of Narnia is an excellent series that brings me back to some earlier works of fantasy. I like the characters and how they were written into Narnia which this book shows more of. Pretty good length and a rather vivid build up of events. I can't wait for more! "
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    #10The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Silver Chair is the sixth book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around a prince that needs to be saved. In saving the prince they will encounter a dark force that is unbelievably beautiful yet dangerous. 

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    Catherine Hicks
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "The Silver Chair is book six in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This is a children’s book full of whimsical and adventurous world of Narnia. "
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    #11Redwall

    Redwall

    Inside Redwall Abbey, mice live peacefully with any stranger coming to see their place. But a terrible army of rats is planning to attack them, so Matthias, a little but brave mouse, is ready to defend his home at any cost. 

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    Brian Jensen
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While not as good as Secret of NIHM, this is probably one of my favorite mouse stories from my childhood. The plot is easy to follow, but there is enough real character development to pull you into the story. You root for Matthias all along the why, even when things look their worst."
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    #12Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    Doris May
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a book geared toward a youthful audience but I found it just as interesting as an adult. I of course read it first before letting my nieces read it. They are in middle school and I felt they would enjoy it. The first chapter was a quick read as well as the rest of the book. The chapters are easy to get through and not too long. Centered around a detention center with the boys digging holes so the title is very appropriate. I finished this book relatively fast and considered reading it again which I just might do. I was looking for a children's fantasy novel when I stumbled across this. I'm not sure if I consider it a true fantasy novel but it depends on your interpretation. Either way I would recommend reading it at least once."
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    #13The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on three new demigods: Jason, Piper, and Leo who go on a journey with their newly discovered powers to look for a lost hero and fulfill a long-awaited prophecy.

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    Patricia Harrison
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "As someone who loves the Percy Jackson series, I was so excited to crack open this book! It did not disappoint in the slightest. I would not say that magic stories are my favorite, but I really do not think you need to love it in order to enjoy this book. It is just so well-written and I would recommend it for young adults and adults alike!"
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    #14Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in the series The Chronicles of Narnia. The story is about the King's Voyage, the people he met during his adventure and his realization that the world's end is only the beginning. 

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    Ridhi Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 2, 2018
    " I read this book in three days. I was not able to put it down. The story picks up right where it left off and was the perfect sequel. If you are looking for a good weekend escape, this is the book. Narnia never fails!!"
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    #15The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events series written by Lemony Snicket first published in 1999. It is about the misadventures of three Baudelaire siblings. 

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    Peter Ellis
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This is a must read book for children (or adults) that love fantasy. I love this book and series. My kids love it and it takes us to a very fun world while reading it. "
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    #16Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.

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    Ashley Peterson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is really good for middle school aged girls. My seventh grade daughter really enjoyed it and it opened up conversations about not always doing what others expect of you. The characters are well thought out and the journey is enjoyable. "
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    #17Coraline

    Coraline

    Neil Gaiman's Coraline is about a little girl who found another dimension, and in it, she saw her family and friends, but they had buttons for eyes. Realizing the dangers, Coraline must use her wits to save not only herself but the others as well.

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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "If you're looking for an interesting fantasy book for your child, give Coraline a look. A little girl finds an alternate dimension where her family and friends have buttons for eyes. She then has to use her abilities to save everyone from this alternate world."
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    #18Firefighter Mary

    Firefighter Mary

    Firefighter Mary is a book by Ami Shipp that tells the story of Mary. The book is all about her adventures as a firefighter and how they save lives with her crew.  

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    Amber Ryan
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This book was kind of interesting to read, but it is not a fantasy book. I was looking for a fantasy story and this book was only about boring regular life."
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    #19My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars

    My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars

    My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars is a book by Scout Driggs that tells the story of Toola-Roola. Toola Roola will find his way to fit in the band he wants even though dancing is his jive. 

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    Deborah Woods
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars would make an excellent modern version of a children's fantasy book. Talking horses that can fly and wear clothes, you can't get any more imaginary than that. "
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    #20My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair

    My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair

    My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair is a children's book written by Kate Egan that tells the story of Minty. She will go to the Fair with her friends and she will see there a big teddy bear that will catch her attention.

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    Michael Baker
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I bought this as a gift for my daughter during Easter and she loved it. It kept her entertained all weekend. I think I turned her into a My Little Pony fan."
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    #21Mr. Mischief

    Mr. Mischief

    Mr. Mischief is the thirty-sixth book in the Mr. Men series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells a story of Mr. Mischief who is naughty and always bring small troubles to people. This children's book is fun and enjoyable to read. 

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    Vicky Ma
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is definitely not a children's fantasy story. It's not a must-read, nor is it modern. This is an old book that belongs back in the 70's."
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    #22Thunder Cake

    Thunder Cake

    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco is a fictional children's literature originally published in 1990. This book tells the story of a grandmother telling her scared granddaughter that the storm clouds were ingredients for her specialty cake.

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    Ben Li
    Written on March 30, 2018
    " Thunder Cake is a fictional literature for the kids. It is educative as well as fun.this book tells the story of a grandmother telling her scared granddaughter that the storm clouds were ingredients for her specialty cake."
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    #23My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital is a book by Hasboro Inc. that tells the story of a fun dance recital of the ponies. It was colorful, fun and full of grace that will add to the delight of the young readers. 

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    Benjamin Wong
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "My Little Pony: The Dance Recital is a good solution for best must-read modern children's fantasy because it is a popular modern children's fantasy story."
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    #24Little Miss Princess

    Little Miss Princess
    Little Miss Princess is the thirty-fourth book in the Little Miss series written by Roger Hargreaves. This children's book tells the story of the royal princess who does not know what to do without her servants. 
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    Olivia Davidson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "All of Hargreaves' books are 'cute. I don't know if it's a must read for fantasy, though. It's more a must read for the preschool crowd who wants an object lesson in polite and mannered behavior. Little Miss Princess communicates how to comport oneself in the world. And that was a good lesson in our house (one that my now teenager could still use. Though - sigh - she'll need a more adult book. If that will work). For preschoolers, this book was/is great. For fantasy, well, perhaps try another book. "
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    #25The Story of Holly and Ivy

    The Story of Holly and Ivy

    The Story of Holly and Ivy is a book by Rumer Godden that tells the story of an orphan child, a doll and a couple who wants a child. Their Christmas are intertwined and it all seemed to be coming true.

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    Willie Davidson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is an interesting choice for a children's fantasy book. I think depending on the age of the child this could be appropriate. I don't think it is for everyone though."
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    #26Mr. Funny

    Mr. Funny
    Mr. Funny is the eighteenth book in the Mr. Men series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of Mr. Funny. He is friends with Miss Giggle and other funny characters who leaves in a teapot. 
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    Walter Wheeler
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A nice wholesome and fun book for children and parents alike. Parents will enjoy the way the characters are developed. The kids will love the characters and the animations. Highly recommended and an enjoyable book among a sea of them."
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    #27Little Miss Giggles

    Little Miss Giggles
    Little Miss Giggles is the fourteenth book in the Little Miss series children's book written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of the funny Miss Giggles. She is living in a teapot together with Mr. Funny.
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    Anthony Contreras
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "These book characters are so easily lovable and understandable, i highly recommend having a child venture through this book and the adventure it has, so youthful and innocent. The characters are nostalgic here and may carry weight with adults who also have experience with these series of books."
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    #28My Little Pony: Pony Tales

    My Little Pony: Pony Tales

    My Little Pony: Pony Tales is a book by Thomas Zahler that tells the story of six beautiful ponies. They are Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Applejack each of them has their own story. 

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    Keith Wells
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I was looking for something a little more like the early Harry Potter novels, The Hobbit, or Artemis Fowl. What I got was a host of ridiculous cartoon unicorns that adult men seem to like for whatever reason. Seriously, while this is technically "fantasy", it's really just a cartoon book, and does not offer the kind of developmental literature experience I was hoping to provide for my children."
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    #29Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2)

    Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2)

    Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2) is a Fantasy and Young Adult Fiction novel written by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug. It was published March 27, 2007 by Katherine Tegen Books. 

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    Willie Gutierrez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2) is an amazing fantasy book. Lots to enjoy in this adventure. The series is great, characters are such fun and the setting is fantastic. This is a great read for all and perfect for kids."
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    #30Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a book by Mary Packard that tells the story of a cute little bear who loves honey so much. He then finds a honey tree but he can't reach it so he did all his best to get it. 

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    Virginia Ramos
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I have to say that Winnie the Pooh is amazing and have been around as a cartoon for a long time. It's nice to see that there are books that children can read on Winnie the Pooh as well. I've read this little book and it is a must read for children. I think it's best for toddlers. I think they would really enjoy it. "
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    #31Mr. Lazy

    Mr. Lazy

    Mr. Lazy is the seventh book in the Mr. Men series, a children's book written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story Mr. Lazy. He is always sleepy and does nothing but Mr. Busy and Bustle will knock him.

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    Carl Kim
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a good story especially for children. With that being said I wouldn't consider it children's fantasy. It's genre seems to be more along the lines of stories about growing up and less about the fantastical themes you find in the fantasy genre. "
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    #32My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas

    My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas

    My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas is a book by Anne Marie Capalija that tells the story of Rose Blossom. She will celebrate her first ever Christmas in Ponyville and her holidays will be great.

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    Raymond Reyes
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I wouldnt say this is a must read but its a pretty good book. Should be enjoyable for any child thats into MLP."
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    #33My Little Pony: Friends Forever

    My Little Pony: Friends Forever

    My Little Pony: Friends Forever is a children's graphic book by Katie Cook that tells the story of friendship. Applejack and rarity are friends that will go on a road trip that will make them question their friendship.

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    Joshua Hill
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I love my little pony, a great all a round show for people of all ages and this graphic novel is no different."
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    #34Karna (Amar Chitra Katha)

    Karna (Amar Chitra Katha)

    Karna is a volume in the Amar Chitra Katha comic book series. It tells the story of the hero of the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, as he struggles to achieve a life deserving of his birthright as the son of Kunti.

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    Daisy Wen
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Its an ok childrens style comic book. The story itself is ok at best"
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    #35Mr. Impossible

    Mr. Impossible

    Mr. Impossible is the twenty-fifth book in the Mr. Men series written by Roger Hargreaves. This is a children's book that tells a story about Mr. Impossible who can do almost anything, but it seemed not everything.

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    Raymond Gibson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Mr. Impossible is one of my kid's favorite fantasy books. It got him into reading actually."
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    #36Mr. Bounce

    Mr. Bounce

    Mr. Bounce is the twenty-second book in the Mr. Men series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of Mr. Bounce. He is in low spirit because of the spring that is coming in.

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    Jessica Wu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This whole series is very good for young children. I wouldn't put it in the fantasy category though. "
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    #37Revolting Rhymes

    Revolting Rhymes

    Revolting Rhymes is a children's fiction book written by Roald Dahl and illustration made by Quentin Blake which is a retelling of six fairy tales in a twisted way. 

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    Angel Pillai
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I was pleased to get the solution of Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl when i was looking for best must-read modern children's fantasy. I have always been a big fan of Roald Dahl. This book to be famous fairy tales twisted from a different point of view or different outcome. It looks like a really fun book that I may actually pick up for myself to enjoy. "
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    #38My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party is a book by Kate Egan that tells the story of Pinkie Pig. She struggles with deciding what to wear. She will wear a unicorn costume but it will be ruined. What will she do next?

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    Kathryn Williamson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "My Little Pony: Pony Part is such a cute book. I loved the characters and the adorable illustrations. I also liked the story-line of friends helping each other. It shows kids that you should be a friend when things so that when things go bad, someone has your back."
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    #39Things Not Seen

    Things Not Seen

    Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is a winner of the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award. It's about 15-year-old Bobby Phillips who one day becomes invisible. He then meets Alicia, a blind girl and begins to trust her.

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    Rachel Stanley
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "invisible teenager spends most of the book hanging around naked in public next to a girl he has a crush on. The other interesting detail that stuck with me: invisible poo only stays invisible for a little while. "
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    #40The Christmas Mystery

    The Christmas Mystery

    The Christmas Mystery is a children's fiction novel written by Jostein Gaarder which centers on Joachim who pieces together Elisabet's story 50 years ago wherein she traveled back through time to witness the birth of Christ.

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    Phillip Phillips
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Time travel for children can be a wonderful step into imagining past historical events, such as the birth of Jesus Christ. In this journey through time, Elisabeth chooses to use her time travelling power to visit the day of the birth of Christ and see it in it's fully detailed glory. The dialog is cute and simple, with a little humor sprinkled around to add flavor and it makes for an excellent Christmas book to read for a new tradition every year."

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Best What are the best must-read modern children's fantasy
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 44 Paid
2The HobbitBooks 40 Paid
3Artemis FowlBooks 38 Paid
4The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 34 Paid
5FablehavenBooks 33 Paid
6The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series)Books 30 Paid
7The Hunger GamesBooks 30 Paid
8The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia)Books 24 Paid
9The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)Books 22 Paid
10The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 21 Paid
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