The Castle Corona
by Sharon Creech
fantasy ... knights/castles/dragons ... family
Long ago and far away . . . There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona. And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither jewels nor gold nor splendid finery could please him, for what he longed for most was . . . a nap and a gown that didn't itch. Far below this grand, glittering castle lived two peasants. But not just any peasants. These peasants, though poor and pitiful, were plucky and proud. And in possession of a stolen pouch. But not just any pouch. A pouch whose very contents had the power to unlock secrets and transform lives . . .
The Dragon Circle
by Stephen Krensky
adventure ... knights/castles/dragons ... magic
The magical Wynd family becomes involved with dragons needing help in recovering treasure lost centuries before at the bottom of a lake.
How to Train Your Dragon Series (age 8-11)|
by Cressida Cowell
growing up ... humor ... knights/castles/dragons
Meet Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, heir of the Viking chiefdom, but a boy with one very big problem: a hero he is not. How to Train Your Dragon is the riotous story of Hiccup's quest to hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it into submission, and (hopefully) pass his initiation. Instead, he ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon ... it's even toothless! Thus begins the hijinx of the world's most lovable, unlikely hero and a most reluctant "beast."
title: How to Train Your Dragon
title: How to Speak Dragonese
title: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
title: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
title: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse: the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
The Seventh Tower Series (age 8-11)|
by Garth Nix
knights/castles/dragons ... fantasy
In the first of this series, The Fall, Tal lives in the Dark World, high in a mountaintop castle, isolated in darkness. He does not think to question the status quo. And then one day he tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. After his attempt fails, he falls from the castle straight into the unknown.
title: The Fall
title: Above the Veil
title: Into Battle
title: The Violet Keystone
The Time Warp Trio Series (age 8-11)|
by Jon Scieszka
knights/castles/dragons ... fantasy ... humor
In the first installment, Knights of the Kitchen Table, Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table. Each book finds our trio in another wacky time travel adventure.
title: Knights of the Kitchen Table
title: The Not-So-Jolly Roger
title: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy
title: Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
title: Tut, Tut!
title: Summer Reading is Killing Me!
title: It's All Greek to Me
title: See You Later, Gladiator
title: Sam Samurai
title: Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci
title: Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?
title: Marco? polo!
title: Me Oh Maya
title: Viking It and Liking It
The Rowan Series (age 8-11)|
by Emily Rodda
magic ... fantasy ... adventure ... knights/castles/dragons
Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
title: Rowan of Rin
title: Rowan and the Ice Creepers
title: Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal
title: Rowan and the Travelers
by Edgar Eager
knights/castles/dragons ... magic ... fantasy ... adventure
Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.
sequel: Magic by the Lake