Top Ten Books for Harry Potter Fans (aka Adventure-Fantasy Seeking Readers) by Kari Ness Riedel
So, your student or child just gobbled up all of the Harry Potter books, spending hours in pure reading bliss. Now, they are stuck on what to read next and you don’t want them to lose the reading bug they’ve finally caught. Has this happened to you? I experienced this firsthand when my two sons finished the Harry Potter series and were transformed overnight into book lovers. I wanted to capitalize on this new found habit of reading by helping them find their next favorite series. As their loving mom who is also an avid reader, I suggested many titles which were all met with zero interest from my kids. But, when one of their classmates recommended a new book, they were all ears and couldn’t wait to get it from the library. This led me to create Bookopolis, a kid-centered social network where young readers can connect with friends to share their favorite books and celebrate their love of reading.
Here are ten titles recommended by young Harry Potter fans in Bookopolis as top picks for adventure and fantasy seeking young readers. For more reviews directly from young readers, click on each book link.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Series)
This mind-twisting adventure starts when siblings Kendra and Seth go to visit their grandfather and find that his country estate, Fablehaven, is actually a protective world for magical creatures. They make a series of fateful mistakes on their journey that makes for an page turning story that engages kids and adults.
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Series)
Four gifted children go undercover on a secret mission to figure out what is really happening at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Part mystery, part adventure story, this book captivates readers with cryptic puzzles, heart warming characters, and inventive solutions for every challenge the young heroes encounter.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Series)
In the dystopian world of Quill, thirteen year olds who display creative abilities are labeled as “Unwanteds” and sent to a death farm. We quickly learn that instead of being killed, the “Unwanteds” have created their own magical world, Artimé. The story centers around Alex who is separated from his twin brother, Aaron, and finds himself in Artimé. A battle emerges between the two worlds and forces the brothers to go against each other. A gripping action and adventure story with a healthy dose of magic and fantasy that lets readers’ imaginations run wild.
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders) by Brandon Mull (Series)
Another magical fantasy series by the author of Fablehaven. Thirteen year old Jason is transported to the magical world of Lyrian. He meets Rachel and they go on a quest to fulfill a prophecy and save this hero-less world. Fast paced and magical with lots of humor and action makes this a highly engrossing story, albeit dark, that has young readers racing to finish the whole series.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The creative and engaging story about Hugo, an orphan and thief, who lives in the Paris train station and befriends an eccentric young girl. They work together to unravel a mystery involving secrets, a mechanical man, keys, and cryptic messages from Hugo’s late father. Told in words and pictures, this unique and complex tale is loved by kids and adults.
Behind the Mist by M.J. Evans (Series)
Nick and his beloved horse, Jazz, find themselves on a journey in the magical world of Celestia where noble horses from our world are granted special powers to be unicorns and serve as guardian angels. Nick and Jazz must stop an evil unicorn lord and save this magical land. A lesser known series that has all the elements of fantasy, adventure, and mystery that young fans of these genres adore.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Felicity and her family live as nomads until they find themselves back in her mom’s hometown of Midnight Gulch. It was a town once filled with magic before a curse was placed on the town’s magical forefathers. Felicity discovers there’s still a little bit of magic in the town – and in her. A beautifully written, sweet story with strong themes of friendship, family, and finding the true meaning of home and your place in the world.
The Maze of Bones (39 Clues) (Series) by Rick Riordan
This mystery filled adventure series from Scholastic follows the quest of Amy and Dan Cahill, a brother and sister on a treasure hunt set up by their grandmother, the matriarch of the world’s most powerful family. Their globe trotting adventure is totally captivating and has a side benefit of exposing readers to famous people, places, and events in history. Each book in the series is written by a different popular author like Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, and Peter Lerangis.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Another tale involving an orphan and thievery, this charming thriller starts when Peter Nimble steals a box with magical eyes and is transported to a hidden island and embarks on a quest to rescue a vanquished kingdom. This is one of those special books full of wit and adventure that is almost guaranteed to hook young readers.
Into the Wild (Warriors, Book 1) by Erin Hunter
An exciting and mysterious series about four clans of cats that have lived in harmony but are being threatened by dark forces. The unlikely hero is Rusty, a simple house cat who becomes a daring and adventure seeking warrior. Fans of adventure, underdog leaders, and animal stories will get hooked on this series.
Kari Ness Riedel is the Mayor of Bookopolis.com, an online community where 7-12 year old readers can share their love of reading with friends and find new book ideas. She’s also the mom of two elementary school boys who love to read — when they find the right book to capture their attention. What books do your Harry Potter fans love? Let her know @bookopolis or at www.mayorofbookopolis.wordpress.com.