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The
              fairy-tale detectives
The fairy-tale detectives

by Michael Buckley (2005)

First book in The sisters Grimm series


Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer (2001)

First book in the Artemis Fowl series


Over sea, under stone Over sea, under stone

by Susan Cooper (1965)

First book in The dark is rising series


How to
              train your dragon
How to train your dragon

by Cressida Cowell (2003)

First book in the How to train your dragon series


The Sea of Trolls
The Sea of Trolls

by Nancy Farmer (2004)

First book in The Sea of Trolls series


Charlotte
              sometimes
Charlotte sometimes

by Penelope Farmer (1969)

Third book in the Aviary Hall series
Can be read & loved without having read any previous books in this series


The ruins of
              Gorlan
The ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan (2004)

First book in The ranger's apprentice series


Inkheart
Inkheart

by Cornelia Funke (2003)

First book in the Inkheart series


Coraline
Coraline

by Neil Gaiman (2002)

 


I, Coriander
I, Coriander

by Sally Gardner (2005)

 


The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

by Alan Garner (1960)

First book in the Alderley series


Tuesdays
              at the castle
Tuesdays at the castle

by Jessica Day George (2011)

First book in the Castle Glower series


Charmed life
Charmed life

by Diana Wynne Jones (1977)

First book in the Chrestomanci series


The ordinary princess
The ordinary princess

by M.M. Kaye (1980)

 


The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis (1950)

First book in The chronicles of Narnia series


The apothecary
The apothecary

by Maile Meloy (2011)

First book in The apothecary series


The false
              prince
The false prince

by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2012)

First book in the Ascendance series


Midnight for Charlie Bone
Midnight for Charlie Bone

by Jenny Nimmo (2002)

First book in the Children of the Red King series


Alanna the
              first adventure
Alanna the first adventure

by Tamora Pierce (1983)

First book in the Song of the lioness series


Percy Jackson
              and the lightning thief
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

by Rick Riordan (2005)

First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series


Rowan of Rin
Rowan of Rin

by Emily Rodda (1993)

First book in the Rowan of Rin series


Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone
Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

by J.K. Rowling (1997)

First book in the Harry Potter series


Magyk
Magyk

by Angie Sage (2005)

First book in the Septimus Heap series


The amulet
              of Samarkand
The amulet of Samarkand

by Jonathan Stroud (2003)

First book in the Bartimaeus series


The hobbit
The hobbit

by J.R.R.
Tolkien (1937)

 


Dragonkeeper
Dragonkeeper

by Carole Wilkinson (2003)

First book in the Dragonkeeper series



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The lost years
The lost years

by T.A. Barron (1996)

First book in the Merlin series


The
              hero's guide to saving your kingdom
The hero's guide to saving your kingdom

by Christopher Healy (2012)

First book in the Hero's guide series


The phantom tollbooth
The phantom tollbooth

by Norton Juster (1961)

 


Careful
              what you wish for
Careful what you wish for

by Maureen McCarthy (2010)

 


Mark of the
              thief
Mark of the thief

by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2015)

First book in the Mark of the thief series


Inkling
Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel (2018)

 


Varjak Paw
Varjak Paw

by S.F. Said (2003)

First book in the Varjak Paw series


Tensy Farlow
              and the home for mislaid children
Tensy Farlow and the home for mislaid children

by Jen Storer (2009)

 


Museum of thieves
Museum of thieves

by Liam Tanner (2010)

First book in The keepers series


The thief
The thief

by Megan Whalen Turner (1996)

First book in the Attolia series


The
              1,000-year-old boy
The 1,000-year-old boy

by Ross Welford (2018)

 


100 cupboards
100 cupboards

by N.D. Wilson (2007)

First book in the 100 cupboards series



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