Harry Potter Read-a-likes

Alexander, Lloyd. Chronicles of Prydain Series. J Fic Alexander 
A young pigkeeper has adventures far beyond his station: battling the Horned King, destroying the Black Cauldron and rescuing the Princess Eilonwy. The Book of ThreeThe Black CauldronThe Castle of Llyr,Taran Wanderer, The High King.

Barron, T. A.  The Lost Years of Merlin.  Y Fic Barron/ Y PB B
A young boy washes ashore on the coast of Wales with no memory of who he is. Through a series of adventures he discovers his true identity. Sequels include: The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Merlin, The Mirror of Merlin.

Black, Holly & Cassandra Clare.  The Iron Trial.  J FIC Black
Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.

Bosch, Pseudonymous.  Bad Magic.  J FIC Bosch
Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic.

Cooper, Susan.  The Boggart.  J FIC Cooper  //  J PB C
After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.

Cooper, Susan.  The Dark Is Rising.  Y PB C  (SERIES)
Three children set out to find King Arthur’s grail, touching off a struggle between the forces of good and evil, the Light and the Dark.

Dahl, Roald.  The Witches.  J Fic Dahl/ J PB D
A boy and his grandmother thwart the plans of England’s witches to turn all children into mice.

DeKeyser, Stacy.  The Brixen Witch.  J FIC DeKeyser
Twelve-year-old Rudi stumbles upon a witch’s lair while out hunting, takes a gold coin he finds there but loses it again, then must deal with the witch’s servant who promises to end the town’s rat infestation only if he receives that gold coin, in a story reminiscent of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Eager, Edward.  Half Magic.  JPB E / J Fic Eager
Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.

Eager, Edward.  The Time Garden.  J FIC Eager
While spending the summer in a house by the sea, four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, discover a bank of wild thyme whose magic propels them on a series of adventures back and forth through time.

Farrey, Brian.  The Vengekeep Prophecies.  J FIC Farrey
A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone’s surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town’s saviors.

Hartley, A.J.  Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact.  J FIC Hartley
Relocating from his tiny English town to his aunt’s home in Atlanta, Georgia, 11-year-old Darwen discovers an enchanting world of magic and monsters on the other side of his closet mirror and teams up with new friends Rich and Alexandra on an adventure that involves the safety of their entire school.

Jones, Diana Wynne.  The Dark Lord of Derkholm.  Y Fic Jones
An unconventional wizard and his magical family become involved in a plan to stop the devastating tours of their world arranged by tyrannical Mr. Chesney.

Le Guin, Ursula K.  A Wizard of Earthsea.  Y FIC Le Guin
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

L’Engle, Madeline.  A Wrinkle in Time.   J FIC L’Engle/Y FIC L’Engle/ Y PB L
Members of the Wallace family travel through space and time to battle against cruelty, injustice and intolerance in classic struggles between good and evil. Titles: A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Many Waters.

Levine, Gail.  Ella Enchanted.  Y FIC Levine  //  Y PB L
In this unique version of the Cinderella story, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given her.

Lewis, C.S.  Chronicles of Narnia Series.  J PB L/ J FIC Lewis
Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund enter the magical world of Narnia through a mirrored wardrobe and find a magical world of fauns, witches, nymphs, dwarves and talking animals. They fight many battles and eventually become rulers of the land.
Titles: The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician’s Nephew; The Last Battle.

McGowen, Tom. The Magician’s Apprentice.  J FIC McGowen
Tigg the pickpocket burgles the house of Armindor the magician, but instead of punishing him, Armindor takes Tigg as an apprentice and the two set out on a dangerous and exciting journey in search of lost spells from the Age of Magic. Other books in this series include: The Magician’s Company, The Magician’s Challenge.

McMann, Lisa.  The Unwanteds.  Y FIC McMann (SERIES)
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while theother, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magicSEQUELSIsland of Silence (2012), Island of Fire (2013), Island of Legends (2014).

Mebus, Scott.  Gods of Manhattan.  Y FIC Mebus
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city’s colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission. SEQUELS: Spirits in the Park (2009), The Sorcerer’s Secret (2010)

Mould, Chris.  Pip and the Wood Witch Curse.  J FIC Mould
After running away from an orphanage, Pip arrives in the walled city of Hangman’s Hollow, where children must hide to avoid imprisonment by citizens or danger from evil creatures in the surrounding forest, but new friend Toad asks his help in finding a lone girl

O’Dell, Kathleen.  The Aviary.  J FIC O’Dell
In late nineteenth-century Maine, isolated, eleven-year-old Clara Dooley gains a friend and uncovers a magical secret that changes her life when she learns to care for the once-feared birds in the aviary attached to theGlendoveer mansion where she lives

Oliver, Lauren.  Liesl & Po.  J FIC Oliver
A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist’s runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey

Pullman, Philip.  The Golden Compass.  Y FIC Pullman (SERIES)
Accompanied by her animal-like daemon, Lyra tries to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from being the subject of experiments. Sequel: The Subtle Knife

Regan, Dian.  Princess Nevermore.  Y Fic Regan
When a Mandrian princess makes a wish in a wizard’s circle, she winds up on Earth alone and without the means or desire to return home.

Smith, Jennifer E.  The Storm Makers.  J FIC Smith
Twelve-year-olds Ruby and Simon have been growing apart since their parents moved them to a Wisconsin farm, but weird weather events that seem tied to Simon’s emotions bring a stranger into their lives who introduces them to the Makers of Storms Society, strengthening the bond between the twins.

Sniegoski, Thomas E., & Golden, Christopher.  Magic Zero.  J FIC Sniegoski. (SERIES)
Timothy is a freak, a weakling, an impossibility. He’s the only person in existence without magical powers and has spent his entire life hidden on a remote island. When Timothy is finally taken back to the city of this birth, he is fascinated by the current of magic that fuels the world, and mesmerized by the buildings and orbs that hang weightlessly in the sky. But he is also marked for death. Assassins are watching his every move, and the government wants him destroyed. Timothy can’t imagine what threat he could possible pose; after all, he wields no power in this world. Or does he?

Stephens, John.  The Emerald Atlas.  J FIC Stephens (Books of Beginning SERIES)
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy. SEQUELThe Fire Chronicle (2012)

Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Hobbit.  J Fic Tolkien / Y PB T
One day Gandalf the wizard knocks on Bilbo Baggins’s door, and suddenly Bilbo is swept into an adventure with dwarfs, goblins, elves, a dragon, and a strange creature named Gollum.

Wilson, Nathan D.  100 Cupboards.  J FIC Wilson (SERIES)
After his parents are kidnapped, timid twelve-year-old Henry York leaves his sheltered Boston life and moves to small-town Kansas, where he and his cousin Henrietta discover and explore hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open onto other worlds. SEQUELSDandelion Fire (2009) & Chestnut King (2010)

Winthrop, Elizabeth.  The Castle in the Attic.  J FIC Winthrop/ J PB W
William is given a toy medieval castle as a gift, and is magically transported to another world of wizards and dragons.
Here he must fight a battle between good and evil. Sequel: The Battle for the Castle.

Wrede, Patricia.  Enchanted Forest Chronicles.  Y Fic Wrede / Y PB W
Princess Cimorene would rather be eaten by a dragon than marry a dull prince like a proper princess – so she volunteers to be captured by the powerful dragon Kazul.  Tired of dealing with princes, she offers to assist a dragon-wizard. Sequels include:  Dealing With Dragons, Searching For DragonsCalling On Dragons, Talking To Dragons.

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