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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
Holt1964


The Wizard of Oz. by Frank L. Baum
Michael Neugebauer Book1996


The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsly
Turtleback Books2001


The Field Guide. (The Spiderwick Chronicles)  by Holly Black
Simon & Schuster2003


The Anybodies. by N.E. Bode

HarperCollins2004


Artemis Fowl. by Eoin Colfer
Hyperion Books2001


The Dark is Rising.
(Dark is Rising Sequence) by Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry1973


Dragon Hatcher. (Magic Shop Books) by Bruce Coville and  Jeremy Thatcher
Harcourt1991


So You Want To Be A Wizard. (Young Wizard Series)  by Diane Duane.
Delacorte1983


Inkheart. by Cornelia Funke

Scholastic2003


The Witch Twins.By Adele Griffin.
Hyperion Books2001


Otto and the Flying Twins: the First Book of the Karmidee.  By Charlotte Haptie
Holiday House2003


The Secret of Platform 13. by Eva Ibbotson.
Dutton1998


Witch Week. (Chrestomanci Books) by Diana Wynne Jones
Greenwillow1982


Charlie Bone. by Jennyu Nimmo.
Orchard2003


Mister Monday. (Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix
Scholastic2005


Sage, Angie. Septimius Heap, Book One: Magyk.
Katherine Tegen Books2005


Skye, Obert. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo.
Shadow Mountain2005


Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
HarperCollins1999


Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. (The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Miramax2003


Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
Harcourt1990


Yolen, Jane. Wizard's Hall.
Harcourt1991

 

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.
Scholastic1999


Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (Lost Years of Merlin)
Philomel1996


Bass, L.G. Sign Of The Qin. (Outlaws Of Moonshadow Marsh)
Hyperion2004


Bell, Hilari. The Wizard Test.
Eos2005


Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. (Underland Chronicles)
Scholastic2003


Constable, Kate. Singer of All Songs.
Arthur A. Levine Books2004


Doyle, Debra and James D. Macdonald. School of Wizardry. (Circle of Magic)
Troll Communications2000


Eager, Edgar. Half Magic.
Harcourts Brace2004


Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story.
Dutton1997


Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls.
Atheneum2004


Fisher,Catherine. The Oracle Betrayed. (Oracle Prophecies)
Greenwillow2004


Flanagan, John. Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan.
Philomel2005


Furlong, Monica. Wise Child.
Knopf1987


Jones, Diana Wynne. Year of the Griffin.
Greenwillow2000


LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea.
Atheneum1991


L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
Cornerstone1987


Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
HarperCollins1997


Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia.
HarperCollins1998


Mahy, Margaret. The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance.
Puffin1994


McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsinger. (Harper Hall Trilogy)
Atheneum1977


McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.
Greenwillow1984


Nesbit, E. Five Children and It.
Puffin1996


Nix, Garth. Sabriel. (Abhorsen Trilogy)
HarperCollins1995


Nodelman, Perry. The Same Place but Different.
Simon & Schuster1995


Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn.
Eos2004


Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing.
Simon & Schuster1997


Paolini, Christopher. Eragon.
Knopf2003


Pierce, Tamora. Sandry's Book. (Circle of Magic)
Scholastic1997


Pratchett. Terry. Wee Free Men.
HarperCollins2003


Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. (His Dark Materials)
Eos1996


Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
Houghton Mifflin2001


Zambreno, Mary Frances. A Plague of Sorcerers.
Harcourt1991

  

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