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Harry Potter Readalikes

What can be said about Harry Potter? The adventures of the boy wizard and his best friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have been translated into more than 60 languages and have become some of the top-selling books of all time. If you’re hunting for more books with that magic touch, try some of these page-turners:

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Starting with The Book of Three, this series tells of the many adventures of Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran, who dreams of being a hero. (M)

Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

A young boy destined to become a great wizard has no name, no family, and an uncertain heritage and blossoming power. When that power injures another and blinds him, he makes a vow never to use it again – even though his journeys bring him into contact with an overwhelming evil which could change his world. (M)

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories-they’re dangerous! (M)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

This first book in the Underland Chronicles introduces the reader to the strange world that lies underneath New York City when Gregor falls through an air vent in the laundry room of his apartment. (M)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift – that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. (M)

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Something stopped Nita’s hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those “So You Want to Be” books, a series on careers. But this one said: “So You Want to Be a Wizard.”  I don’t belive this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious – and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn’t…? (M, S)

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice) by John Flanagan

With Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, on the brink of attacking the kingdom, 15- year-old Will is chosen as the Ranger’s new apprentice and must learn all the skills necessary to take part in the fierce battle ahead. (M, S)

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Meggie’s father Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! But now the evil Capricorn wants to use Mo’s talents to bring himself great wealth and power. Then Meggie discovers that maybe Mo isn’t the only one who can read things to life. (M, S)

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea,  but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless  youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered  with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow  upon the world. This is the tale of his testing,  how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an  ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to  restore the balance. (M, S)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

This classic children’s series gives the history of the mythical land of Narnia, which can be reached from our world and full of magic and heroic battles between good and evil. (M)

Midnight for Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King series) by Jenny Nimmo

Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift – he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for geniuses, where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead. (M)

Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world – where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets. (M)

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce

Becoming a legend is not easy, as young Alanna of Trebond discovers when she disguises herself as a boy and begins training to be a knight. Alanna’s skills and stubborness help her befriend Prince Jonathan and alienate his evil uncle, Duke Roger. (M)

Magyk (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow – a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? (M)

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

Leven Thumps’ wretchedlife is about to change and his destiny be fulfilled as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds – the real world and Foo, a place created at the beginning of time. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo. (M)


Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

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