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Reading Level: Grades 3 through 5
Nosewise the dog thinks doors are a nuisance. Doors always keep him away from interesting things. Especially the door to the room of magic. One day, the door opens and Nosewise is allowed to enter a world of enchantment. When Merlin's apprentice Morgana playfully drapes her magic stone around his neck, Nosewise begins to talk. Morgana and Nosewise are delighted...Merlin is not. He decrees that Nosewise will never get to use the stone again. Or will he?
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Some other great stories narrated by dogs include:
I, Jack by Patricia Finney
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe and
Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6
Raul has attended the One of Our Kind boarding school for years, ever since his mother ran off leaving his father to care for him. His father stopped picking him up for the weekend a long time ago, but he has kept secret from the dean by pretending that his father insists on picking him up at the main road, not the school. Each weekend he packs his bags, heads towards the road, and sneaks into White Deer Woods where he goes to an abandoned lighthouse to meet a beautiful white wolf and enjoy his second, secret, weekend life.
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6
When Tony's parents take in his ancient Great Uncle Charlie, who is obsessed with communicating with the dead, Tony slowly starts pulling away from all his friends and spending more time with Uncle Charlie. Charlie then convinces his parents to move to California so that Tony can attend Charlie's old school, but from day one Tony suspects that something is very wrong at the Penda School.
Reading Level: Ages 5 - 9
Ian follows all the rules, his sister Jenny breaks them. When their family goes to stay at a house in the woods there are four posted rules. 1. Remove your muddy shoes, 2. Don't leave a ring around the tub, 3. Replace the firewood and 4. NEVER open the red door. And Jenny, just cannot resist breaking all the rules...
Reading Level: Grades 4-6
Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf. Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call. When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium. He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself. A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.
Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.
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Other books by Holly Black
Other books by Cassandra Clare
Stories set in schools of magic include:
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo