Books about Magical Realism

  1. The Night Before Christmas

    by Clement C. Moore
    A magical tale of a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

    On the night of Christmas Eve , a family is settling down to sleep when the father is disturbed by noises on the lawn outside. Looking out the window, he sees Saint Nicholas in a sleigh pulled by ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Scott Pilgrim, Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

    by Bryan Lee O'Malley
    A young man's fight against his love interest's seven evil exes, with a dose of magical realism.

    Scott Pilgrim, a 23-year-old slacker, lives in Toronto with his roommate Wallace Wells. He is the bass player for Sex Bob-omb, an unsuccessful band consisting of himself, guitarist Stephen Stills, ... (Wikipedia)

  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    Epic tale of seven generations of a family's tumultuous history, in the fictional Colombian town of Macondo.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo . The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula Iguarán, his wife ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

    by Michael Wood
    A comprehensive analysis of Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece, exploring its themes, symbols, and literary techniques.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude is perhaps the most important landmark of the so-called 'Boom' in contemporary Latin American fiction. Published in 1967, the novel was an instant success, running to ... (Barnes & Noble)

  5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    by L. Frank Baum
    A young girl's magical journey through a strange land to find her way home.

    Dorothy is a young girl who lives with her Aunt Em , Uncle Henry , and dog, Toto , on a farm on the Kansas prairie. One day, she and Toto are caught up in a cyclone that deposits them and the ... (Wikipedia)

  6. Collected Stories

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    A collection of short stories that explore the complexities of human relationships, love, and the magical realism of Latin America.

    Collected here are twenty-six of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories, presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes: Eyes of ... (Goodreads)

  7. Senlin Ascends

    by Josiah Bancroft
    A captivating odyssey through a mysterious tower filled with magical and treacherous surprises.

    The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. ... (Goodreads)

  8. The Wee Free Men

    by Terry Pratchett
    A young girl's fantastical journey to save her brother, with the help of a mischievous gang of tiny blue-clad warriors.

    Tiffany Aching is a 9-year-old girl who literally sees things differently from others. While playing by the river near her home, she sees two tiny blue, kilted men who warn her of a "green heid" in ... (Wikipedia)

  9. The Golem and the Jinni

    by Helene Wecker
    Two supernatural creatures from different mythologies, living in New York City, find companionship and friendship in each other.

    In the Polish town of Konin at the end of the 19th century, a corrupt kabbalist named Yehudah Schaalman creates a golem in the shape of a woman at the request of young Otto Rotfeld, who seeks a ... (Wikipedia)

  10. Marked

    by P.C. Cast
    A young woman discovers her supernatural powers, and must choose between two supernatural worlds.

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird lives in a world where vampires, or "vampyres" have always existed. One day, during school, Zoey is marked by a Tracker to become a fledgling vampyre at the Tulsa House ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Shoeless Joe

    by W.P. Kinsella
    A man's magical journey of redemption, as he learns to heal from the past.

    Ray Kinsella lives and farms in Iowa where he grows corn with his wife Annie and their five-year-old daughter Karin. Kinsella is obsessed with the beauty and history of American baseball , ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Who Fears Death

    by Nnedi Okorafor
    A fantasy adventure in post-apocalyptic Africa, where one woman must use her powers to save her people.

    The novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic future version of Sudan , where the light-skinned Nuru oppress the dark-skinned Okeke. The protagonist, Onyesonwu ( Igbo for "who fears death"), is an Ewu ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Owl Moon

    by Jane Yolen
    A magical night-time adventure as a father and daughter search for an owl.

    The story deals with a father who takes his child owling for the first time on a cold summer night. Along their way, they encounter a great horned owl . While the first-person text does not specify ... (Wikipedia)

  14. The Lightning Thief

    by Rick Riordan
    A teenage boy embarks on a dangerous quest to save the world from a long-forgotten war.

    The Lightning Thief is narrated in the first person past tense by Percy Jackson , a twelve-year-old diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD . ,[P 1], While on a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Coraline

    by P. Craig Russell
    A young girl's mysterious journey into a parallel world and her struggle to escape.

    When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, ... (Goodreads)

  16. Death: The High Cost of Living

    by Neil Gaiman
    A teenage girl's journey of self-actualization, learning the consequences of life and death.

    The main character is a teenage girl named Didi, who appears to be an eccentric, orphaned goth , but who also insists that she is Death personified, taking her one-day every hundred-year sabbatical ... (Wikipedia)

  17. The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    by Sarah Addison Allen
    A young girl's journey of self-discovery, uncovering hidden family secrets in a small southern town.

    In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different ... (Goodreads)

  18. The Little Mermaid

    by Hans Christian Andersen
    A young mermaid's search for love and freedom, navigating the dangers of human life.

    The Little Mermaid lives in an underwater kingdom with her widowed father (the sea king or Mer-King ), and her five older sisters, each of whom had been born one year apart. When a mermaid turns ... (Wikipedia)

  19. Tom's Midnight Garden

    by Philippa Pearce
    A young boy's magical journey through time in a mysterious garden.

    When Tom Long's brother Peter gets measles , Tom is sent to stay with his Uncle Alan and Aunt Gwen. They live in an upstairs flat of a big house with no garden, only a tiny yard for parking . The ... (Wikipedia)

  20. Winter

    by Marissa Meyer
    A young girl's battle to save her kingdom from the icy grip of a powerful queen.

    Due to Princess Winter's refusal to use the Lunar gift, the ability to manipulate what others see and do, she has Lunar sickness, a state of mental illness that causes occasional hallucinations. ... (Wikipedia)

  21. Stray

    by Rachel Vincent
    A teenage girl's journey of self-discovery, navigating the magical and dangerous world of Shifters.

    There are only eight breeding female werecats left... And I'm one of them. I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite ... (Goodreads)

  22. The Red Pyramid

    by Rick Riordan
    Young siblings embark on a quest to save the world from a long forgotten evil.

    The novel opens with Carter and his father Julius Kane visiting Carter's sister Sadie, who has lived with her maternal grandparents in London since the death of their mother, Ruby Kane . Julius, a ... (Wikipedia)

  23. The Magic Toyshop

    by Angela Carter
    A young girl's fantastical journey of self-discovery, learning to navigate the complexities of a strange new world.

    The novel starts with Melanie stealing her mother's wedding dress and venturing out in the night into her family's property. However, on her way home, she realises she forgot the door key and is ... (Wikipedia)

  24. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

    by Leslye Walton
    A young girl's journey through a magical world filled with love, loss and longing.

    Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most ... (Goodreads)

  25. The Child Thief

    by Brom
    A dark fantasy adventure through a magical world, brimming with mythical creatures and danger.

    Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his ... (Goodreads)

  26. The Snow Queen

    by Hans Christian Andersen
    A courageous young girl embarks on a journey to rescue a friend from the clutches of an evil queen.

    Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    by Christopher Moore
    A quirky and surreal journey into a small town filled with strange characters.

    Pine Cove suffers a major crisis when the town psychiatrist, Val Riordan — who has been haphazardly issuing prescriptions instead of dealing with the real mental problems of her patients — suffers a ... (Wikipedia)

  28. The Cloud Searchers

    by Kazu Kibuishi
    A group of adventurers battle an evil force to save their world from destruction.

    The Elf King, believing that Emily is too dangerous to be left alone, sends Gabilan, an assassin to hunt her down. At the same time, elf soldiers continue to hunt down Trellis, who is continuing his ... (Wikipedia)

  29. The Chocolate Touch

    by Patrick Skene Catling
    A young boy turns his likes into gold with a magical coin, only to discover that too much of a good thing is not good.

    In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate! Kids will eat this up for summer reading or ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    by Natasha Pulley
    A man searches for clues to his past, unlocking secrets of the supernatural.

    1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast ... (Goodreads)

  31. Innocent Erendira and Other Stories

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    Short stories exploring the depths of human emotion and the power of love.

    This is the story of a twelve year old who accidentally sets fire to the house where she lives with her grandmother. The grandmother decides that Erendira must pay her back for the loss, and sells ... (Wikipedia)

  32. Gossamer

    by Lois Lowry
    A young girl's journey to discover the power of hope in her world of sorrow and despair.

    The book's omniscient point of view, Littlest One, affectionately called Littlest, is out on a dark night. As she and her mentor, Fastidious, stealthily sneak into a woman and her dog's home and ... (Wikipedia)

  33. The Thief Lord

    by Cornelia Funke
    Two orphaned brothers navigate a magical world in Venice, searching for a way to be reunited with their mother.

    The Thief Lord follows the story of two brothers, Prosper and Boniface (Bo), who run away to Venice, Italy. They are taken in by a group of street children who live in an abandoned movie theater, the ... (Wikipedia)

  34. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

    by Karen Russell
    Magical realism tale of young girls raised by wolves, learning to become human in a strange new world.

    In these ten glittering short stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here, wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns; a family makes its ... (Goodreads)

  35. Weetzie Bat

    by Francesca Lia Block
    Magical exploration of Southern California, where the extraordinary can become reality.

    In 1989 Francesca Lia Block made a dazzling entrance into the literary scene with what would become one of the most talked-about books of the decade; Weetzie Bat. This poetic roller coaster swoop has ... (Goodreads)

  36. Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

    by Mike Carey
    A journey of magical realism through the hidden world of London Below.

    Graphic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere collects all nine issues of the Vertigo maxiseries. An ordinary Londoner stops to help an enigmatic girl and joins a battle to save the strange ... (Goodreads)

  37. Poison Princess

    by Kresley Cole
    A teen girl is chosen to battle evil forces in a post-apocalyptic world.

    #1, New York Times, bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance. ... (Goodreads)

  38. The Other Wind

    by Ursula K. Le Guin
    A magical journey of self-discovery and redemption, with a final decision that could alter the fate of the world.

    Alder, a village sorcerer who is adept at mending, has been tormented by dreams since the death of his beloved wife Lily. Every time he falls asleep, he is brought to the wall of stones, the border ... (Wikipedia)

  39. Eyes of a Blue Dog

    by Gabriel García Márquez

    Estos relatos tempranos de Gabriel García Márquez fueron escritos y publicados entre 1947 y 1955, aunque, como libro, Ojos de perro azul no aparecería hasta 1974 cuando el escritor ya había publicado ... (Goodreads)

  40. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible

    by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
    An occult coming-of-age story of a teenage witch trying to balance her two worlds.

    On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe ... (Goodreads)

  41. Dream a Little Dream

    by Kerstin Gier
    A young girl discovers the magical world of dreams, uncovering the secrets of her own past.

    Geheimnisvolle Türen mit Eidechsenknäufen, sprechende Steinfiguren und ein wildgewordenes Kindermädchen mit einem Beil ... Liv Silbers Träume sind in der letzten Zeit ziemlich unheimlich. Besonders ... (Goodreads)

  42. Bone Gap

    by Laura Ruby
    A mysterious young woman disappears, and two brothers must unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

    Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. ... (Goodreads)

  43. The Secret Hour

    by Scott Westerfeld
    At midnight, a secret hour occurs where only a select few are awake and strange things happen. A group of teens must navigate this hidden world.

    15-year-old Jessica Day moves with her family to Bixby, Oklahoma after her mother is employed at a high-tech aerospace company. Soon after the move, Jessica awakens to find time frozen and rain ... (Wikipedia)

  44. Blackberry Wine

    by Joanne Harris
    An exploration of the power of memory and imagination, as a man seeks to recreate his childhood.

    Writer Jay Mackintosh is suffering from writer's block. Having reached his artistic zenith with the award-winning 'Jackapple Joe', a novel published 10 years ago, he has failed to duplicate his ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Cabal

    by Clive Barker
    A supernatural battle between good and evil in a nightmarish alternate reality.

    Boone, a young man suffering from an unspecified mental disorder , is told by his trusted psychiatrist, Decker, that he is responsible for brutal serial murders in Calgary . Boone, however, has no ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Deity

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    A young man discovers his divine powers and the secrets of his mysterious family legacy.

    History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to ... (Goodreads)

  47. Claimed by Shadow

    by Karen Chance
    A young woman's supernatural adventure to save the world from a powerful vampire.

    Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it's a whole lot of responsibility she'd rather not have. Now she's the most popular girl ... (Goodreads)

  48. When the Moon Was Ours

    by Anna-Marie McLemore
    A magical realism tale of two friends, one who paints moons and the other who grows roses, navigating identity, love, and secrets in a small town.

    From the author of, The Weight of Feathers, comes a young adult novel about a girl hiding the truth, a boy with secrets from his past, and four sisters who could ruin them both.,Recipient of a ... (Barnes & Noble)

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