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lists of recommended reading follow:Harry-a-like Books
Books that may have similar story elements to Harry Potter but more importantly
replicate the accessibility, tone and flavor.
The Book of Three. (Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander
The Wizard of Oz. by Frank L. Baum
Michael Neugebauer Book1996
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsly
The Field Guide. (The Spiderwick Chronicles) by Holly Black
Simon & Schuster2003
The Anybodies. by N.E. Bode
Artemis Fowl. by Eoin Colfer
The Dark is Rising. (Dark is Rising Sequence) by Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry1973
Dragon Hatcher. (Magic Shop Books) by Bruce Coville and
So You Want To Be A Wizard. (Young Wizard Series) by Diane Duane.
Inkheart. by Cornelia Funke
The Witch Twins.By Adele Griffin.
Otto and the Flying Twins: the First Book of the Karmidee. By
The Secret of Platform 13. by Eva Ibbotson.
Witch Week. (Chrestomanci Books) by Diana Wynne Jones
Charlie Bone. by Jennyu Nimmo.
Mister Monday. (Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix
Sage, Angie. Septimius Heap, Book One: Magyk.
Katherine Tegen Books2005
Skye, Obert. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo.
Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. (The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
Yolen, Jane. Wizard's Hall.
If You Like Harry Books
Books that may be similar in theme to Harry Potter but are more complex or are
great fantasy fiction.
Avi. Midnight Magic.
Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (Lost Years of Merlin)
Bass, L.G. Sign Of The Qin. (Outlaws Of Moonshadow Marsh)
Bell, Hilari. The Wizard Test.
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. (Underland Chronicles)
Constable, Kate. Singer of All Songs.
Arthur A. Levine Books2004
Doyle, Debra and James D. Macdonald. School of Wizardry. (Circle of Magic)
Eager, Edgar. Half Magic.
Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story.
Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls.
Fisher,Catherine. The Oracle Betrayed. (Oracle Prophecies)
Flanagan, John. Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan.
Furlong, Monica. Wise Child.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Year of the Griffin.
LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia.
Mahy, Margaret. The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance.
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsinger. (Harper Hall Trilogy)
McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.
Nesbit, E. Five Children and It.
Nix, Garth. Sabriel. (Abhorsen Trilogy)
Nodelman, Perry. The Same Place but Different.
Simon & Schuster1995
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn.
Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing.
Simon & Schuster1997
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon.
Pierce, Tamora. Sandry's Book. (Circle of Magic)
Pratchett. Terry. Wee Free Men.
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. (His Dark Materials)
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
Zambreno, Mary Frances. A Plague of Sorcerers.
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