BookIf You Like Harry Potter...

Browse the list below for a selection of books perfect for kids who like Harry Potter. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

For Younger Readers

Ms. Wiz spells trouble Ms. Wiz spells trouble
Blacker, Terence.
A mysterious new teacher, thought by some to be a witch, changes the worst class in the school into the best with some strange and wonderful tricks.

Anyone but me Anyone but me
Krulik, Nancy E.
Katie Carew wishes she could be anyone but herself, and turns into a hamster.

The new kid at school The new kid at school
McMullan, Kate.
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

If wishes were horses : a Kona story If wishes were horses : a Kona story
Miller, Sibley.
Four tiny, flying horses suddenly come into being, blown out of a dandelion by a lonely girl, and set out to discover who they are and what they are supposed to do with their magical powers.

Knights of the kitchen table Knights of the kitchen table
Scieszka, Jon.
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

For Older Readers

The hidden stairs and the magic carpet The hidden stairs and the magic carpet
Abbott, Tony.

The book of three The book of three
Alexander, Lloyd.
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.

The game of Sunken Places The game of Sunken Places
Anderson, M. T.
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.

Golden and Grey (an unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost) Golden and Grey (an unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost)
Arnold, Louise, 1979-
When a downhearted ghost becomes the "invisible friend" of an eleven-year-old boy who is an outcast in his new school, the two help each other find their place in their respective worlds.

The wide-awake princess The wide-awake princess
Baker, E. D.
Annie, younger sister of the princess who would be known as Sleeping Beauty, is immune to magic and stays awake when the rest of the castle falls into an enchanted sleep, then sets out to find a way to break the spell.

The Ever Breath The Ever Breath
Baggott, Julianna.
Twins Truman and Camille, spending winter break with their paternal grandmother, follow a secret passageway to the Breath World, where all creatures of magic dwell, to find the Ever Breath, a magical stone that maintains balance between worlds.

The lost years of Merlin The lost years of Merlin
Barron, T. A.
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

The Anybodies The Anybodies
Bode, N. E.
After learning that she is not the biological daughter of boring Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, Fern embarks on magical adventures with her real father and finally finds "a place that feels like home."

Small persons with wings Small persons with wings
Booraem, Ellen.
When Mellie Turpin's grandfather dies and leaves her family his run-down inn and bar, she learns that for generations her family members have been fairy guardians, and now that the fairies want an important ring returned, the Turpins become involved in a series of magical adventures as they try to locate the missing ring.

The name of this book is secret The name of this book is secret
Bosch, Pseudonymous.
Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

Darkwood Darkwood
Breen, M. E.
A clever and fearless orphan endures increasing danger while trying to escape from greedy, lawless men and elude the terrifying "kinderstalks"--animals who steal children--before discovering her true destiny.

The fairy-tale detectives The fairy-tale detectives
Buckley, Michael.
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

The Dark Hills divide The Dark Hills divide
Carman, Patrick.
When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall.

Happenstance found Happenstance found
Catanese, P. W.
A boy awakens, blindfolded, with no memory of even his name, but soon meets Lord Umber, an adventurer and inventor, who calls him Happenstance and tells him that he has a very important destiny--and a powerful enemy.

Gregor the Overlander Gregor the Overlander
Collins, Suzanne.
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

The dark is rising The dark is rising
Cooper, Susan, 1935-
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher : a magic shop book Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher : a magic shop book
Coville, Bruce.
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.

The witches The witches
Dahl, Roald.
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.

Whispering to witches Whispering to witches
Dale, Anna, 1971-
On his way to spend Christmas at his mother's house in Canterbury, England, Joe meets a young witch named Twiggy and becomes part of a mystery involving a missing page from an ancient book of magic.

Imaginalis Imaginalis
DeMatteis, J. M.
Devastated that her favorite fantasy book series will not be completed, twelve-year-old Mehera discovers that only her belief, imagination, and courage will save the land of Imaginalis and its inhabitants from being lost forever.

The field guide The field guide
DiTerlizzi, Tony.
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

The fire within The fire within
D'Lacey, Chris.
When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jumpstart his writing career.

Falling in Falling in
Dowell, Frances O'Roark.
Middle-schooler Isabelle Bean follows a mouse's squeak into a closet and falls into a parallel universe where the children believe she is the witch they have feared for years, finally come to devour them.

So you want to be a wizard So you want to be a wizard
Duane, Diane.
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.

Silence and stone Silence and stone
Duey, Kathleen.
Kidnapped and confined to a room in a castle before she can develop her flying and magical skills, Alida the faerie patiently plans her escape--with the help of a human boy.

Half magic Half magic
Eager, Edward.
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

The familiars The familiars
Epstein, Adam Jay.
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.

The magical misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle The magical misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle
Fagan, Deva.
The personal quests of a young witch who aspires to be a villain and a young thief who's determined to become a hero intersect in a swampy bog.

Walking with the dead Walking with the dead
Falcone, L. M. (Lucy M.), 1951-

The Sea of Trolls The Sea of Trolls
Farmer, Nancy, 1941-
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

The robe of skulls The robe of skulls
French, Vivian.
The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a very expensive new robe, and she will stop at nothing--including kidnapping and black magic--to get the money to pay for it.

Dragon rider Dragon rider
Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.

Into the woods Into the woods
Gardner, Lyn.
Pursued by the sinister Dr. DeWilde and his ravenous wolves, three sisters--Storm, the inheritor of a special musical pipe, the elder Aurora, and the baby Any--flee into the woods and begin a treacherous journey filled with many dangers as they try to find a way to defeat their pursuer and keep him from taking the pipe and control of the entire land.

The call The call
Grant, Michael, 1954-
A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years.

Samuel Blink and the forbidden forest Samuel Blink and the forbidden forest
Haig, Matt, 1975-
Accompanied by his aunt's Norwegian elkhound, Ibsen, twelve-year-old Samuel ventures into a weird forest filled with strange and dangerous creatures to rescue his younger sister, Martha, who has been mute since their parents' recent death.

Princess Academy Princess Academy
Hale, Shannon.
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Well witched Well witched
Hardinge, Frances.
Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins.

13 treasures 13 treasures
Harrison, Michelle, 1979-
Bedeviled by evil fairies that only she can see, thirteen-year-old Tanya is sent to stay with her cold and distant grandmother at Elvesden Manor, where she and the caretaker's son solve a disturbing mystery that leads them to the discovery that Tanya's life is in danger.

The witchy worries of Abbie Adams The witchy worries of Abbie Adams
Hayter, Rhonda.
Fifth-grader Abbie, descended from a long line of witches, tries to keep her family's magic powers secret from everyone she knows until her father brings home a kitten with some very unusual characteristics.

Not just a witch Not just a witch
Ibbotson, Eva.
Determined to be more than just an ordinary witch, Heckie, whose speciality is changing people into animals, settles in a small town determined to use her powers for good purposes.

The spoon in the bathroom wall The spoon in the bathroom wall
Johnston, Tony, 1942-
Living in the boiler room of the school where her father is janitor seems normal to fourth grader Martha Snapdragon, until she has experiences with an evil principal, the class bully, and a mysterious giant spoon, all reminiscent of the Arthurian legends.

Enchanted glass Enchanted glass
Jones, Diana Wynne.
After his grandfather dies, Andrew Hope inherits a house and surrounding land in an English village, but things become very complicated when young orphan Aidan shows up and suddenly a host of variously magical townsfolk and interlopers start intruding on their lives.

The Akhenaten adventure The Akhenaten adventure
Kerr, Philip.
In the first book of The Children of the Lamp trilogy, twelve-year-old twins discover they are descended from a long line of djinn and spend the summer with their uncle Nimrod, a djinn who teaches them how to harness their new powers.

The eternal hourglass The eternal hourglass
Kirov, Erica.
Living in Las Vegas with his unsuccessful father, Nick Rostov learns on his thirteenth birthday that he is descended from a powerful line of Russian Magickeepers on his dead mother's side, and that the equally powerful but evil Shadowkeepers will stop at nothing to get an ancient relic that his grandfather gave him.

The dragon in the sock drawer The dragon in the sock drawer
Klimo, Kate.
Cousins Jesse and Daisy always knew they would have a magical adventure, but they are not prepared when the "thunder egg" Jesse has found turns out to be a dragon egg that is about to hatch.

Leon and the spitting image Leon and the spitting image
Kurzweil, Allen.
Leon, a fourth grader at The Ethical School, tries to outwit the school bully and learn to sew for fanatical teacher Miss Cronheim, with unexpected help from his final project-- a doll with magical powers.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
La Fevers, R. L. (Robin L.)
Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.

Skulduggery Pleasant Skulduggery Pleasant
Landy, Derek.
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Savvy Savvy
Law, Ingrid, 1970-
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Missing magic Missing magic
Laybourn, Emma.
In a world where everyone has magical abilities, eleven-year-old Ned has none, but when the world turns upside down his lack of powers turns out to be his best asset.

Wings Wings
Lethcoe, Jason.
In 1921, fourteen-year-old Edward gets caught up in a conflict between the Guardians of Woodbine--the place of the dead--and the Groundlings, the Jackal's agents of corruption on Earth, and sets out on an important quest using his newly-sprouted wings.

A wrinkle in time A wrinkle in time
L'Engle, Madeleine.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Where the mountain meets the moon Where the mountain meets the moon
Lin, Grace.
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

The tilting house The tilting house
Llewellyn, Tom (Thomas Richard), 1964-
When Josh, his parents, grandfather, and eight-year-old brother move into the old Tilton House, they discover such strange things as talking rats, a dimmer switch that makes the house invisible, and a powder that makes objects grow.

The sixty-eight rooms The sixty-eight rooms
Malone, Marianne.
Ruthie thinks nothing exciting will ever happen to her until her sixth-grade class visits the Art Institute of Chicago, where she and her best friend Jack discover a magic key that shrinks them to the size of gerbils and allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms--the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places--and discover their secrets.

The witches of Dredmoore Hollow The witches of Dredmoore Hollow
McKenzie, Riford.
Strange things begin happening at Elijah's New England home just before his twelfth birthday in 1927, especially after two aunts he had never met whisk him away to Moaning Marsh, where he realizes that they are witches who need something from him in order to remove a curse.

The ring of five The ring of five
McNamee, Eoin, 1961-
Kidnapped on his way to boarding school, Danny Caulfield, who has one blue eye and one brown eye, ends up at a mysterious academy of spies, where he is to be trained in the art of espionage in an effort to keep the Upper and Lower worlds from colliding.

Windblowne Windblowne
Messer, Stephen, 1972-
Hapless Oliver, who lives in the trees in the town of Windblowne, seeks his eccentric great-uncle Gilbert's help in creating a kite for the all-important kite festival, but when Gilbert suddenly disappears, Oliver is guided by one of Gilbert's kites in a quest through different worlds to find him.

The hound of Rowan The hound of Rowan
Neff, Henry H.
After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in "mystics and combat" in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him.

Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone
Nimmo, Jenny.
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.

Mister Monday Mister Monday
Nix, Garth.
Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.

Troubletwisters Troubletwisters
Nix, Garth.
When their house mysteriously explodes and they are sent to live with an unknown relative named Grandma X, twelve-year-old twins Jaide and Jack Shield learn that they are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers, who must protect humanity from The Evil trying to break into Earth's dimension.

The magic thief The magic thief
Prineas, Sarah.
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.

No such thing as dragons No such thing as dragons
Reeve, Philip.
A young, mute boy who is apprenticed to a dragon-slayer suspects that the winged beasts do not exist, until he--and his master--learn the truth.

The red pyramid The red pyramid
Riordan, Rick.
After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

The key to Rondo The key to Rondo
Rodda, Emily.
Through an heirloom music box, Leo, a serious, responsible boy, and his badly-behaved cousin Mimi enter the magical world of Rondo to rescue Mimi's dog from a sorceress, who wishes to exchange him for the key that allows free travel between worlds.

Magyk Magyk
Sage, Angie.
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.

The Farwalker's quest The Farwalker's quest
Sensel, Joni, 1962-
When twelve-year-old Ariel and her friend Zeke find a mysterious artifact which has not been seen in a long time, it proves to be the beginning of a long and arduous journey that will untimately reveal to them their true identities.

Any which wall Any which wall
Snyder, Laurel.
In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, four children find a magic wall that enables them to travel through time and space.

The emerald atlas The emerald atlas
Stephens, John.
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.

Magic below stairs Magic below stairs
Stevermer, Caroline.
Ten-year-old Frederick, who is surreptitiously watched over by a household elf, is plucked from a London orphanage to be a servant to a wealthy wizard, and eventually his uncanny abilities lead him to become the wizard's apprentice.

Wolven Wolven
Toft, Di.
Twelve-year-old Nat, with help from family, friends, and his "pet" Woody, a wolf that turns into a boy, must face werewolves that have been altered as part of a dastardly plan.

The Gecko & Sticky : villain's lair The Gecko & Sticky : villain's lair
Van Draanen, Wendelin.
Thirteen-year-old Dave and his sidekick, a talking gecko named Sticky, try to retrieve an ancient Aztec powerband and its magic ingots from the evil villain, Damien Black.

Wizard at work : a novel in stories Wizard at work : a novel in stories
Vande Velde, Vivian.
A young wizard, who runs a school to teach wizards, looks forward to a quiet summer off but is drawn into adventures with princesses, unicorns, and ghosts instead.

Kid vs. squid Kid vs. squid
Van Eekhout, Greg.
Spending the summer after sixth grade at his great-uncle's oceanside museum, Thatcher and local girl Trudy team up to help Shoal, one of the people of Atlantis cursed by a witch whose head still survives, and who has an army of monstrous creatures helping her.

The shadows The shadows
West, Jacqueline, 1979-
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.

100 cupboards 100 cupboards
Wilson, Nathan D.
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.

City of fire City of fire
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

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Last modified on Friday, July 27, 2012
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