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If you <3 Harry Potter, why not try…

on September 5, 2013

Fotor0829160935JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series draws readers in with its captivating magical world and combination of epic adventure, humorous exploits and journey of self-discovery.

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KIDS

Edward Eager. Seven day Magic. 

A seven-day book of magic proves to be fractious for five children, who must learn the book’s rules and tame its magic. 

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Eva Ibbotson. Secret of Platform 13

Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen’s son who had been stolen as an infant.

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Norton Juster. The Phantom Tollbooth.

This ingenious fantasy centeres around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom…

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TWEEN

Dave Barry. Peter & the Starcatchers.

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on theship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

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John Bellairs. The Dark Secret of Weatherend.

Fourteen-year-old Anthony Monday of Hoosac, Minnesota, and his friend Miss Eells, the Hoosac librarian, try to stop an evil wizard from turning the world into an icy wasteland.

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Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl.

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Like the Potter series, Artemis Fowl grows up over the course of the books, and his adventures have profound effects on his personality and character.

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Susan Cooper. Dark is Rising series.

Three children on vacation in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the Dark.

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John Flanagan. Ruins of Gorlan.

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

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Robin McKinley. The Hero & the Crown.

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

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Jenny Nimmo. Midnight for Charlie Bone.

Charlie Bone’s life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

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Sarah Prineas. The Magic Thief.

A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.

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Angie Sage. Magyk (Septimus Heap series).

After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, her father and brother, and a young guard–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.

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Jonathan Stroud. The Amulet of Samarkand.

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. 

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Jane Yolen. The Wizard’s Map.

While visiting relatives in Scotland, three American children discover and play an ancient card game that conjures up black magic, including a map that could change the world, and the evil wizard, Michael Scot.

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YOUNG ADULT

Cornelia Funke. Inkheart.

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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Diana Wynne Jones. The Dark Lord of Derkholm.

Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney.

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Diana Wynne Jones. The Lives of Christopher Chant.

Young Christopher Chant, in training to become the next Chrestomanci or head controller of magic in the world, becomes a key figure in a battle with renegade sorcerers because he has nine lives.

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Brandon Mull. A World Without Heroes.

Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins Rachel, who was also drawn there from our world, and a few rebels, to piece together the Word that can destroy the malicious wizard emperor, Surroth.

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Philip Pullman. The Golden Compass.

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subjects of gruesome experiments in the far North.


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