All the way from Junior School Library, here are fantasy-genre expert Miss A’s picks for the top 5 books to read before you leave school.

  1. Ready Player One
    Ernest Cline
    It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS – a sprawling, virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be. Wade dreams of finding the series of fiendish puzzles that lie concealed within this virtual world – and the massive fortune and untold power that awaits should he solve them.
  2. Ender’s game
    Orson Scott Card
    Once again, the earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, cunning, tactical, strategic master – and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood finishes the moment he steps into his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game…isn’t it?
  3. The Hobbit
    J.R. Tolkien
    Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard and Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar –  on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again.
  4. The Rook
    Daniel O’Malley
    A high-ranking member of a secret organisation that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
  5. Cloudstreet
    Tim Winton
    Could you share a haunted house with eight strangers and a talking pig? Well, sometimes you don’t get a choice.

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