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Today’s Judging Genre’s post is meant to break you out of your reading box! Are you ready to explore the world of middle grade fantasy, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Well–I have just the guide for you! In fact, I have a handy dandy field guide to fantasy that should hopefully help you break down and identify subgenres in the world of middle grade fantasy. Of course it doesn’t cover every subgenre (I’m saving sci-fi, dystopian, and steampunk for the next few months) and it doesn’t list every single fantasy out there for a middle grade readers. But I hope it’s a place to start! Based off of my recommendation posts and taking some inspiration from The Book Addict’s Guide, I give you–The Hopeful Heroine’s Field Guide to MG Fantasy!


Books recommended:

Magical Adventure |
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane Duane | Wizard

Animal Fantasy |
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Alternate World |
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan | Mythology
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver | Mythology
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | Mythology
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Gregor the Overlander by Susan Collins
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis | Allegory, Witch

Witch |
Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | Fairy Tale

High Fantasy |
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey |Wizards
Magyk by Angie Sage | Wizard, Dragon
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander | Sword Fights
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson | Sword Fights
The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards | Pirates
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson | Pirates
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Time Travel |
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens | Alternate World
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Superheroes | 
Sidekicked by John David Anderson
Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Supernatural |
Doll Bones by Holly Black | Toy
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West | Animals

Until next week it’s time to get out of your MG reading box! –Have you read any of these fantasies before? If so, what did you  like about them? What subgenre do you tend to gravitate towards? What fantasy subgenre are you ready to try?