The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Anthropomorphic Animal Fantasy Guide

These are stories of quests, battles, cultures, and journeys with animals as their protagonists. The animals have anthropomorphic (human-type) characteristics, relationships, dilemmas, and thoughts. Very few of these stories involve humans and in those that do, the animals remain the central characters. The books and book series on this page are organized by author, with individual books listed first and then book series.

Most books are located in the School (S-) Collection (Room 112, Main Library) of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). However, books may also be located at the Center for Children's Books and older books may be located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Room 346, Main Library), or in the Oak Street Facility. To verify the location of an item, please search for the book in the Online Library Catalog. If you require assistance locating an item, please ask for assistance at the SSHEL Information Services Desk.

Individual Books

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Clement-Davies, David. Fire Bringer. 2000.
A tyrannical lord of the herd has risen and has legions of bucks sharpening their antlers to take over the animal world.  But there is a prophecy that a deer with the mark of the oak leaf will be born who will have a bond with all creatures and will free the herd of its tyrannical leader. Into this world the young buck Rannoch is born and sets out on an extraordinary journey.

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DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread. 2003.
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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Iserles, Inbali. The Tygrine Cat. 2008.
Lost and alone, Mati seeks acceptance from a pack of feral cats at Cressida Lock, but in order to defeat the assassin on his trail, Mati must unlock the secret of his true identity and learn to harness an ancient and deadly feline power.

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Steig, William. Abel's Island. 1985.
Abel the mouse is torn from his comfortable life and stranded on an island by a storm. As he learns to survive in the wilderness, he discovers skills he never thought he had and finally gains the courage to find his way home.

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Stewart, Sharon. Raven Quest. 2005.
Tok, the most nimble-winged of the young ravens, is banished for a crime he did not commit, and the only way he can restore his honor and his father's name is to perform a brave and daring deed to benefit all ravenkind.

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Series: Tales of Dimwood Forest

Avi. Poppy. 1995.
Poppy and her boyfriend Ragweed are mice of Dimwood Forest, bullied and controlled by the cruel owl Mr. Ocax. After Ragweed's tragic death, Poppy begins to fight back against the owl's control and discovers new hope for her family and herself.


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Ragweed. 1999.


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Poppy and Rye. 1998.

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Ereth's Birthday. 2000.

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Poppy’s Return. 2005.

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Poppy and Ereth. 2009.

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Series: Eaglesmount Trilogy

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Baldry, Cherith. The Silver Horn. 2002.
Vair, a young pine marten, is excited to be attending his first challenge at the fair. But when his father is killed and he is taken captive by thieves, Vair must fight to regain his freedom and save Watersmeet.


S. B1932e
The Emerald Throne. 2003.

S. B193l
The Lake of Darkness. 2004.

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Series: The Named

Bell, Clare. Ratha's Creature. 1983.
The Named, forerunners of the sabertooth, have an extensive culture and society. However, their primitive foes, the Un-Named, are slowly destroying them. When Ratha discovers the power of fire, both tragedy and a new hope result.


S. B4135C
Clan Ground. 1984.

S. B4135RT
Ratha and Thistle-Chaser. 1990.

S. B4135RC
Ratha's Challenge. 1994.

Not availalbe at UIUC.
Ratha's Courage. 2008.

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Series: The Sight

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Clement-Davies, David. The Sight. 2002.
In Transylvania during the Middle Ages, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to prevent their enemy from calling upon a legendary evil; one that will give her the power to control all animals. 


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Fell. 2007.

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Series: The Familiars

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Epstein, Adam Jay. The Familiars. 2010.
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow "familiars," a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.


S. Ep851s
Secrets of the Crown. 2011.

S. Ep851c
Circle of Heroes. 2012.

Not available at UIUC
Palace of Dreams. 2013.

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Series: Swordbird

Fan, Nancy Yi. Swordbird. 2007.
Warring factions of blue jays and cardinals call on Swordbird, the heroic bird of peace, to rescue them from the evil machinations of Turnatt, the tyrant hawk lord who plans to enslave them. 


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Sword Quest. 2008.


S. F212sm
Sword Mountain. 2012.

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Series: The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures

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Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse. 2002.
Hermux Tantamoq is a watchmaker; a quiet mouse who appreciates the simple things of life. But when he meets Ms. Linka Perflinger, adventuress and aviatrix, he is suddenly caught up in dangerous adventures.

Sequels :

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Sands of Time. 2002.

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No Time Like Show Time. 2004.

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Time to Smell the Roses. 2007.

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Series: Warriors

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Hunter, Erin. Into the Wild. 2003.
Four clans of wild cats have lived in the forest for generations. But now a mysterious danger is destroying ThunderClan. Rusty, an ordinary house cat, saves the clan and becomes Fireheart.


Not available at UIUC
Fire and Ice. 2003.

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Forest of Secrets. 2003.

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Rising Storm. 2004.

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A Dangerous Path. 2004.

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The Darkest Hour. 2004.

Other Warriors Books:

Erin Hunter is a pseudonym used by multiple authors. There are over 10 other Warriors series, such as "Warriors: The New Prophecy". For a listing of series and the order of series books please see the website Fantastic Fiction. Search the Online Library Catalog to determine which of these titles are available through UIUC.

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Series: Redwall

The following is the order in which the books were published. It is recommended that you read the books in this order.

S. J164R
Jacques, Brian. Redwall. 1986.
Matthias the mouse is the least of the novices at the great Redwall Abbey. But when the evil rat Cluny and his horde attack, Matthias' dreams of becoming a warrior become a reality. Each of the stories in this series tells of the history of a place or event; Salamandastron, home of the badger lords and the fighting hares of the Long Patrol, the building of Redwall Abbey after the evil wildcats of Mossflower are destroyed, or the history of Redwall's patron, Martin the Warrior.

Prequels and Sequels:

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Mossflower. 1988.

S. J164MAT 1990
Mattimeo. 1990.

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Mariel of Redwall. 1992.

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Salamandastron. 1993.

S. J164MA 1994
Martin the Warrior. 1994.

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The Bellmaker. 1995.

S. J164O
Outcast of Redwall. 1996.

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Pearls of Lutra. 1997.

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The Long Patrol. 1998.

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Marlfox. 1998.

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The Legend of Luke. 2000.

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Lord Brocktree. 2000.

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Taggerung. 2001.

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Triss. 2002.

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Loamhedge. 2003.

S. J164r
Rakkety Tam. 2004.

S. J164h
High Rhulain. 2005.

S. J164e
Eulalia! 2007.

S. J164d
Doomwyte. 2008.

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Sable Quean. 2010.

S. J164ro
The Rogue Crew. 2011.

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Series: Deptford Mice

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Jarvis, Robin. Dark Portal. 2000.
The Deptford mice lead a quiet and peaceful life, except for the dark shadow of the Grill, the only thing separating them from the horrible sewer rats. Only with the help of the mystical bats will the mice be able to survive the evil of the rats and the secret horror of their god, Jupiter.

Prequel Series (Deptford Histories):

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The Alchemist's Cat. 2004.

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The Oaken Throne. 2005.

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Thomas. 2006.

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Series: The Six Crowns

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Jones, Allan. Trundle’s Quest. 2011.
Trundle Boldoak's simple life as the town lamplighter is turned upside-down the night he meets Esmeralda, a Roamany hedgehog, who whisks him away on a quest to find six fabled crowns and fulfill his role in an ancient prophecy.


S. J7113s
Fair Wind to Widdershins. 2011.

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Series: Wolves of the Beyond

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Lasky, Kathryn. Lone Wolf. 2010.
Abandoned by his pack, a baby wolf with a mysterious mark on his deformed paw survives and embarks on a journey that will change the world of the Wolves of the Beyond.


Not available at UIUC.
Shadow Wolf. 2010.

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Watch Wolf. 2011.

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Frost Wolf. 2011.

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Spirit Wolf. 2012.

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Star Wolf. 2013.

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Series: The Mistmantle Chronicles

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McAllister, M. I. Urchin of the Riding Stars. 2005.
Urchin, an orphan squirrel, is raised by a kindly squirrel on the island of Mistmantle. Just when he thinks he will be spending the rest of his life unloading ships as one of the king’s work parties, he is given a wonderful opportunity. But on the first day of his new life, a terrible thing happens and Urchin finds himself the center of a dangerous plot.


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Urchin and the Heartstone. 2006.

S. M117h
The Heir of Mistmantle. 2007.

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Urchin and the Raven War. 2008.

Not avaiable at UIUC.
Urchin and the Rage Tide. 2009.

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Series: Silverwing

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Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing. 1997.
Shade is the runt of his Silverwing bat colony but he is determined to prove himself on the journey to Hibernaculum. When he is separated from the other bats, he must complete the long and dangerous journey alone.


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Darkwing. 2007.


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Sunwing. 2000.

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Firewing. 2003.

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Series: The Rescuers

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Sharp, Margery. The Rescuers. 1959.
The Prisoners' Aid Society has received news of a Norwegian poet, languishing in the fearsome Black Castle. Their only way to reach him is through Miss Bianca, pet of the diplomat's son. Practical Bernard makes the journey and persuades Miss Bianca to help them. Against her will, the delicate lady mouse soon becomes entangled in a world of intrigue and danger.


S. SH228MI
Miss Bianca. 1962.

S. SH228T
Turret. 1963.

S. Sh238m
Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines. 1966.

S. SH228M
Miss Bianca in the Orient. 1970.

Not available at UIUC.
Miss Bianca in the Antarctic. 1970.

Not available at UIUC.
Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid. 1972.

S. SH228B
Bernard the Brave : a Miss Bianca Story. 1977.

S. Sh238b
Bernard into Battle. 1978.

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Series: Nightshade Chronicles

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Wagner, Hilary. Nightshade City. 2010.
Eleven years after the cruel Killdeer took over the Catacombs far beneath the human's Trillium City, Juniper Belancourt, assisted by Vincent and Victor Nightshade, leads a maverick band of rats to escape and establish their own city.


S. W1254w
The White Assassin. 2011.

Not available at UIUC
Lords of Trillium. 2014.

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