The Silver Crown is a book for younger children than most featured here, and written by Robert C. O’Brien who is famous for the “Rats of NIMH” books.
Ellen wakes up on her tenth birthday to find a magical crown waiting for her. Then follows a series of horrible events – her house burns down, her family is apparently all dead, and she is nearly kidnapped. Then her adventures really begin.
She is aided in her quest to get to the safety of her aunt’s house by a clever boy who lives in the woods. They have to avoid a strange man who seems to be looking for them, although they don’t know why. Eventually, Ellen learns who the real adversary is. Then she must rescue not only herself, but her companions, and indeed perhaps her family as well. She must expose the true power behind an evil king, and defeat the threat to all humanity.