Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: 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.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Redwall by Brian Jacques: When the peaceful life in and around Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, is determined to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced will help Redwall’s inhabitant’s destroy the enemy.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Sophie is resigned to a dull life – until she becomes a wizard’s cleaning lady.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia. Four children go into the land of Narnia and battle the White Witch, who has caused eternal winter.
Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit: When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting wii bring them.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull: Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven, a refuge for mystical creatures. When the rules are broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Dendra and her brother must face the challenge of their lives to save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley: Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.