Monday, August 24, 2009

After Harry Potter

Readers of Harry Potter who want to find other magical worlds to explore might try these books. Familiar authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. LeGuin have series old and new, and some have been made into movies, like The Golden Compass, part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. This list was selected from a longer list at Infosoup. Find library copies by using the World Catalog search box, or purchase copies using the link here on BookBag.

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, Book 1: 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.

So You Want to be a Wizard, by Diane Duane (Book 1, Young Wizards). 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.

The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan, (Book 1, Ranger's Apprentice). When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Inkheart by Cornelia Caroline Funke (Book 1, Inkheart Trilogy). Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

The Books of Magic, by Neil Gaiman. A twelve year old boy, Timothy Hunter, is given an extensive tour of the magical universe before being able to decide if he should embrace or reject his destiny as the world's greatest magician.

Midnight, by Erin Hunter, (Book 1, Warriors: The New Prophecy). Called by StarClan to fulfill a new prophecy, a group of young cats sets out on a long and dangerous journey, knowing only that trouble threatens the forest, as the adventures of the warrior clans continue.

Moonrise, by Erin Hunter (Book 2, Warriors: The New Prophecy). As they journey home to warn their clans of the coming destruction, the six cats, guided by StarClan's prophecy, meet an unfamilar tribe of cats with their own set of beliefs--and their own mysterious prophecy.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin (Book 1, Earthsea). A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin (Book 2, Earthsea). Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.

The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin (Book 3, Earthsea). A young prince joins forces with a master wizard on a journey to discover a cause and remedy for the loss of magic in Earthsea.

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman (Book 1, His Dark Materials). 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.

The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud (Book 1, Bartimaeus Trilogy). 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.

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