You won’t find any Disney fairies in these books. These stories are about the hidden Fae world of fairies, goblins, trolls, sprites, kelpies, etc. Those typically tiny creatures who live in your midst undetected until a barrier is breached between the Fae world and the human world. Books like Fablehaven and Artemis Fowl continue to attract many readers, especially boys.
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison (series)
Tanya has the second sight which means she can see fairies. Unfortunately, fairies are mischievous creatures, and Tanya is blamed for all their destruction. Her parents send her to her grandmother’s house for the summer, but there is something more dangerous going on. Human babies are being kidnapped and swapped with Fae creatures.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (series)
Who knew that fairies can turn into imps? Or that water fairies harbor a secret desire to drown you? This is not your sweet, cute, wish-granting fairy story. While visiting their grandfather, Seth and Kendra begin to find weird things going on. Highly curious, Seth disregards every warning his grandfather tells him and consequently havoc breaks loose on the property known as Fablehaven.
Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi (series)
The Grace family, minus their father, have moved into Great Aunt Lucinda’s old mansion. While investigating a room in the attic, twin Jared uncovers a book that explains all the creatures of the fairy world. One of those creatures is a brownie, which turns into a boggart when angered. There happens to be one living in the house and when it’s destructive side wreaks havoc, Jared is blamed. You’ll blow through these short books, so have them all on hand.
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer (series)
Artemis is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who figures out that fairies inhabit the underworld. When Artemis kidnaps Holly, the captain of the fairy police force, for ransom, he gets more than he bargained for. The LEPrecon unit is pulling out all the stops to rescue Holly, and she isn’t going down without a fight.
Granted by John David Anderson
Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is a fairy working a desk job in the Wish Granting Department when she gets assigned her first job. Decked out in full fairy survival gear, she heads to the fountain to get the coin for the wish she’s been assigned. A homeless man grabs it first setting off a disastrous series of events as Fidgets tries to get it back.
The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks
When Tiki accidentally touches a woman in her garden she becomes visible. Tiki visits the woman every day and goes against fairy rules by helping her conceive a child. Every year on the child’s birthday, Tiki leaves her a rose. But on her 7thyear, the fairy queen catches up with what Tiki has done and punishes her.
Carmer and Grit by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Carmer is a magician’s apprentice who loves machines. Grit is a slightly rebellious faery princess with only one wing. Their paths cross in the mechanized city of Skemantis while Carmer is attending a magician’s competition and Grit is visiting the street faeries. Together they will find and stop whoever is stealing faery magic to power the city.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Flory is a night fairy whose wing is injured by a bat. She falls into a backyard and sets up a home in a birdhouse. She cooperates with a squirrel to get seeds from a bird feeder and saves the life and children of a hummingbird. This is one for those who have always wanted to create a fairy garden.
The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott (graphic novel)
The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was a reaction resulting from the battle between the Seelie and Unseelie Fairy Courts. When Isabel stumbles upon a dying Seelie fairy near her father’s cottage, she promises to deliver an important necklace to the Seelie general. If she is unsuccessful, the Unseelie Court will wreak havoc on our world.