If You Like Harry Potter...  
  ...try reading one of these exciting fantasy titles....

Who hasn’t heard of Harry Potter? Books about the affable young apprentice wizard, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are flying off of the shelves of bookstores and libraries. Author J.K. Rowling’s series is so popular that her fourth volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was the number one selling book on Amazon.com a full six months before its July 8, 2000 publication date.

But what are you to do after you’ve read the first six books and before the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Check out some of these fantasy titles recommended by children’s librarians at the Springfield-Greene County Library. These books are shelved in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Click on the title to search the Library’s online catalog.

Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken
An English girl, Dido Twite, is rescued from sea by a whaling ship and ends up in Nantucket with the captain's daughter, Dutiful Penitence. There they are left in the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation.
 
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, the assistant pig-keeper, longs to be a hero. He begins his journey to heroism with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved homeland, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran’s adventures chronicle his love for Prydain and the brave battle he wages against the forces of evil to protect it.
 
The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
Driven by his sense of "dharma," or honor, young King Tamar sets off on a perilous journey, with a significance greater than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life.
 
The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson
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.
 
Bright Shadow by Avi
Having used 4 of the 5 wishes she is granted to make on behalf of the hapless citizens of her country, Morwenna flees the kingdom to decide what to do with her last wish.
 
The Anybodies by Julianna Baggott
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."
 
The Lost Years of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin) by T.A. Barron
When Merlin, suffering from a case of severe amnesia, discovers his strange powers, he becomes determined to discover his identity and flees to Fincayra where he fulfills his destiny, saving Fincayra from certain destruction and claiming his birthright and true name.
   
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship 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.
 
Doom of the Haunted Opera by John Bellairs
Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger are faced with a dilemma when their discovery of an unpublished opera score unleashes a wicked sorcerer who plans to rule the world by bringing back the dead.
 
Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost by John Bellairs
While thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon lies dying, possessed by an evil
spirit, his friends, an elderly professor and a schoolmate try to find some way to free him.
 
The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in its walls that is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.
 
The Children of Green Knowe (Odyssey Classic) by Lucy Maria Boston
Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the ancient house of Green Knowe and becomes friends with three children who lived there in the seventeenth century.
 
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and works her way to stardom in New York City.
 
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
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.
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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
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.
 
Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising Sequence) by Susan Cooper
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
 
The Boggart by Susan Cooper
12-year-old Emily returns home from a visit to a castle in Scotland that her family has just inherited, only to find that she has accidentally brought home with her a boggart, a mysterious and invisible spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.
 
Into the Land of Unicorns (The Unicorn Chronicles) by Bruce Coville
This is the magical story of Cara, a girl sent on a mission by her grandmother to Luster, the land of the unicorns. Only Cara can protect the unicorns and their world from invasion.
 
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Small for his age, but artistically talented, 12-year-old Jeremy unknowingly buys a dragon egg.
 
Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale
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
 
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles) by Tony DiTerlizzi
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 Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful home, high in the Himalayan
mountains.
 
The Magickers by Emily Drake
When Jason won a summer vacation to Camp Ravenwyng, he never imagined what magical adventures he was in for.
 
So You Want to be a Wizard (Wizardry Series) by Diane Duane
Tormented by a gang of bullies because she will not fight back, thirteen-year-old Nita finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry, a volume that leads her into a mysterious alternate dimension.
 
 
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, 12-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
 
 
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Four children find their way into a mixed-up medieval world where they become knights and battle giants.
 
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Four cousins discover a magic thyme garden from which they embark on a number of adventures in time.
 
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
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 Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
After she is chosen to be "Bearer-of-the-god," Mirany questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon.
 
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
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.
 
Otto and the Flying Twins by Charlotte Haptie
Young Otto comes to the rescue when he discovers that his family and city are the last remnants of an ancient magical world now under threat from the Normal Police.
 
Not Just a Witch by Eva Ibbotson
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.
 
Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
The Great Wizard of Arriman announces a competition among the witches of Todcaster to see who will be his bride.
 
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
A carpet merchant's daydreams about a princess, a genie, and a villain become reality after he flies off on a shabby magic carpet.
 
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Christopher discovers that his dreams are so realistic that he can actually visit other worlds and bring things back from them for his beloved, yet mysterious, uncle.
 
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Magical chaos fills class 6B when a group of witch orphans begin playing magic tricks.
 
The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
After her mother, a Shamer, is summoned to Dunark for a mission, ten-year-old Dina is forced to use her own special powers as she is caught up in an adventure of political intrigue and survival.
 
Tales of the Wicked Witch (Wicked Witch Anthologies) by Hanna Kraan
A collection of humorous tales follows the adventures of a mischievous witch whose heart of gold always shines through her spells, making her forest companions love her despite themselves.
 
Redwall (Redwall) by Brian Jacques
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. 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.
 
A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quartet) by Madeleine L’Engle.
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.
 
The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis.
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic becomes mixed up and they all land in Narnia, where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
 

Tomorrow's Wizard by Patricia MacLachlan

Be careful what you wish for, because Tomorrow's Wizard, his unorthodox apprentice, Murdoch, and their talking horse make wishes come true in ways that surprise the wishers.
 

The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

A changeling learns her true identity and tries to find the human child whose place she has been given.
 
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Harry is kidnapped by the King of the Damarians, and comes reluctantly to realize that they possess the same mysterious powers.
 

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Aerin, with the help of the wizard Luth and a magic blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of a King and a witch.
 
The New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers’ Academy) by K.H. McMullan.
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.
 

The House on Falling Star Hill by Michael Molloy

While spending the summer with his grandparents in an unusually quiet village in western England, Tim and his dog Josh find themselves involved in dangerous adventures when they are inadverently transported to the strange and magical world of Tallis.
 

The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris

In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity
 

The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit

Four English children find a wonderful world of magic through an enchanted wishing ring.
 

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

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.
 

The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea

The ancient book Pidge found brings the evil Queen Morrigan and her two witchlike assistants to his door, threatening the future of the world.
 

East by Edith Pattou

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
 

Sandry's Book (The Circle of Magic Series) by Tamora Pierce

Four young outcasts discover their magic powers. While still learning how to control them, they must battle deadly threats.
 

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope

In 1558 a young girl imprisoned in a remote castle becomes involved in a series of events that lead to an underground labyrinth where live the last practitioners of Druid magic.
 

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) by Phillip Pullman.
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
 
Princess Nevermore by Dian 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.
 
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket.
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
 
The Road to Balinor (Unicorns of Balinor) by Mary Stanton.
After a terrible riding accident, Ari cannot remember anything of her past and is sent to live on a farm with foster parents. What Ari doesn’t know is that she is not from our world, but from Balinor, a land of sorcerers and unicorns!
 
The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again (The Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. A necessary prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy
 
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
 
Wizard at Work: A Novel in Stories by Vivian Vande Velde
A young wizard, who runs a school to teach wizards, looks forward to a quiet summer off but is drawn into aeventures with princesses, unicorns, and ghosts instead.
 
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
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.
 
Dealing With Dragons (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede.
Rather than marry a boring prince, Princess Cimerone runs away from her kingdom and becomes an assistant to the dragon Kazul.
 
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep
Shimmer, a renegade dragon princess, tries to redeem herself by capturing a witch with the help of a human boy.
 
 
Dragon’s Blood (The Pit Dragon Trilogy) by Jane Yolen.
A bond servant in Master Sarkkhan’s dragon barns, young Jakkin Stewart hopes to obtain his freedom by stealing a dragon hatchling and secretly training it to become a champion fighter.
 
Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen
A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.
 
Journeyman Wizard by Mary Frances Zambreno
Jermyn goes to Land's End to study wizardry under the famous spellmaker Lady Jean and experiences magical mayhem and mystery.
 
ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG ADULTS
 
The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
A young Hedgewitch, an idealistic knight, and an army of clever goblins fight against the ruling hierarchy that is trying to rid the land of all magical creatures.
 
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.
 
The Seeing Stone (Arthur trilogy) by Kevin Crossley-Holland
In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
 
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
In nineteenth-century England, a powerful sorcerer and King of the Goblins chooses Kate, the elder of two orphan girls recently arrived at their ancestral home, Hallow Hill, to be his bride and queen.
 
Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.
 
The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne 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.
 
How's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, & seven league boots are everyday things. Nothing is quite what it seems to be.
 
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
When an evil enchantress tries to destroy Caprona two young children and the wizard Chrestomanci join forces to defeat her.
 
The Book of Earth by Majorie Kellogg
Score's power is fading; to prevent his death he and his friends have to return to Earth to find the amulet that controls his fate.
 
The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
 
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.
 
Gifts by Ursula K. LeGuin
When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
 
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, Menolly of the planet Pern runs away, taking refuge with the mythical fire lizards, and they, along with her music open up a whole new world for her.
 
 
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
A sorceress raises an abandoned baby, only to discover that his real father is the greatest enemy of the man she loves.
 
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
After discovering that he has a magical gift, Charlie Bone is forced to go to the dreaded Bloor's Academy.
 
Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorson, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the land of the dead.
 
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
  • Eldest (to be published August, 2005)
 
Treasure At the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce
Hannah, a healer with unusual powers, leaves the wizard she has always served and, along with her animal companions, begins a journey which uncovers the truth about her real nature.
 
Wild Magic (The Immortals Series) by Tamora Pierce
Daine accepts her gift of wild magic and learns how valuable her powers will be to the kingdom's future.
 
A School for Sorcery by Sabin E. Rose
Welcome to the Leslie Simonton School for the Magically Gifted...a school where students can expect the unexpected. But be careful. At this school the final exam could be a real...killer.
 
The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn
Fiona is Safe-Keeper in the small village of Tambleham, where neighbors and strangers alike come one by one, in secret, to tell her things they dare not share with anyone else.
 
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.
 
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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.
 
The Other Ones by Jean Thesman
High school sophomore Bridget Raynes has to decide whether to accept her powers of witchcraft, or abandon them and try to fit in as an ordinary teenage
 
Sorcery and Cecelia Or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
 
 
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