Fantasy

Fantasy

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The Worst Witch

This is a great next book if your reader likes:

Short chapters and a good size font for readers who are developing their reading stamina.
Stories set in a magical boarding school with an accident-prone rookie witch (Mildred), her arch-enemy(Enid), and her loyal friend (Maud). There's even a Snape-type teacher in the form of Miss Hardbroom if you think it is sounding a little Harry Potterish.
Wonderful black ink pen illustrations that add extra detail to the story. A simple narrative with beautifully developed characters and a classic good v's bad theme.
A good giggle! Poor Mildred is forgetful and accident-prone but she always manages to save the day.
Books that are part of a series. There are 7 Worst Witch books, and it has been adapted for TV and stage.

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Tuesday at the Castle

This is a great next book if your reader likes:
Writing that is beautiful in its simplicity. It creates rich characters you love and despise, a well-paced plot, and the thrill of magic and action.
An unexpected twist on the princess fairytale genre.
An insight into a medieval court, politics, and dirty tricks
Smart, strong, and selfless female protagonists who aren't scared to stand up for what they believe in.
Fantasy with a castle that is alive. It changes every Tuesday, chooses its monarchs, grows rooms, and decides who stays and goes.

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Wonderscape

This is a great next book if your reader:
Is a gamer, and likes to immerse themselves in the world of computer games.
Likes Jumanji or Ready Player One
Enjoys futuristic time travel settings.
Would find the real-life historical heroes placed in Wonderscape's  fascinating worlds. Influential people who helped shape the world we live in today feature throughout the story - from Issac Newton, Mary Shelly, and Thomas Eddison, to the lesser known Wangari Maathai and Tomoe Gozen, to name but a few.
Wants rich characters whose relationship grows from having nothing in common to loyal friends.

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Monstroso

This is a great next book if your reader likes:
Portal stories like Jumanji.
Short stories with humour and content that older children will enjoy as well.
Family themes where characters are forced to question their changing thoughts and opinions.
A twist or surprise at the end.

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The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles

This is a great next book if your reader ...
Loves magic, adventure and intrigue (think fairies, goblins and trolls)
Gets drawn into a narrative through illustrations designed to provide extra detail. Tony DiTerlizzi blows me away; he brings the magic to life with his gothic style pencil drawings.
Will enjoy getting to really know characters and how they develop.
Wants a book that is fairly short and easy to read. As in all the books in The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Field Guide can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is really important for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.