The Amulet of Samarkand
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. First in the Bartamaeus trilogy.
Charlie Nancy was leading a comfortable life until his father died and he discovered that dear old dad was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he had a brother, Spider, who inherited some of his father's godlike abilities.
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. First in the Artemis Fowl series.
The City of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. First in the Books of Ember series.
A mysterious blue stone "finds" its way to Eragon, hatching into a dragon. First in the Inheritance trilogy.
Karigan runs away from school and on the way home encounters the ghost of a murdered green rider, one of the king’s famous, magical messengers who has a dangerous message. First in the Green Rider series.
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. First in the Inkheart trilogy.
The Merchant of Death
Bobby is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. But, before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings and plagued by a dangerous revolution. First in the Pendragon series.
Traveling through the land of the Dead to save her father and her land, Sabriel battles the greatest enemy ever, but how do you kill the Dead? First in the Abhorsen trilogy.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
From the time she was a little girl, faeries visited Kaye. She never thought she was part of their world, until now.
The Wayfarer Redemption
When a plague of monsters threatens the realm of Achar, a military commander and a noblewoman find themselves part of a Prophecy that leads them to question what they once believed true about the history of their world. First in the Wayfarer Redemption series.