Young readers who were hooked on Harry will love these fantastical page-turners brimming with magic, mystery, and friendship.
Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
The first book in a brand new series following Denizen Hardwick, an orphan who spends his life reading fantasy books only to discover his own role at the heart of an ancient fantastical battle between good and evil. This gripping read, blending the real world with fantasy, ticks all the boxes for lovers of Harry Potter while giving readers a more streetwise hero. This is a gripping and witty read which also packs an emotional punch with a satisfying twist. A great ‘next-level’ series for fans of the original boy wizard.
Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas
Perfect for Doctor Who fans, this beautifully illustrated collection of brand new stories features all twelve Doctors. This book captures the magic of Doctor Who by bringing together different characters and themes from the Whovian world and whisking them away on adventures with a definite festive twist.
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Is anyone missing a certain orphan with a legendary birthright? From the author of Percy Jackson comes the beginning of a whole new adventure, with all the elements that made Harry Potter so addictive. This first volume introduces readers to Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living on the streets of Boston who gets plunged into an enchanted world where he discovers his father is a long-lost Norse god. It’s up to Magnus to stop doomsday, but to save the world he must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Magisterium: The Bronze Key by Holly Black
The third book in the Magisterium series takes readers back to the underground school where mages train talented apprentices to control the elements. With the heroes Callum, Tamara and Aaron now in their third year, The Bronze Key keeps up the page-turning suspense, while dwelling on the problem of power and who wields it. The series continues to satisfy the gap left by Hogwarts while giving a fresh take on trainee wizards.
Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan
Demigods and Magicians is an original collection of three stories combining characters from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series. In the first meeting of the two worlds, the star characters have to join forces to prevent the apocalypse as the baddies blend ancient powers from Greece and Egypt to destroy the world. This beautifully illustrated edition is a wonderful gift for fans of Rick Riordan’s worlds, who will get to immerse themselves in new adventures while also picking up some ancient history.
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
A lot of Harry Potter’s magic came from Hogwarts itself and this clever new whodunnit introduces us to another brilliantly atmospheric boarding school. This time it’s the 1930s and our sleuths Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are racing the police to investigate a murder. This page-turner also introduces us to charismatic heroes in a believable friendship – with all the highs and lows that might entail. Young readers will be drawn to the emotional drama as much as the never ending suspense.
The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
Imagine if the Diagon Ally of Harry Potter’s London wasn’t just one street, but the start of an entire underground city. Siblings Ivy and Seb are thrown into a dangerous adventure when their beloved grandma becomes ill and they have to race to uncover a family mystery while navigating their way through a shadowy version of London – Lundinor – the capital ruled by Cockney law. This is the first in a new trilogy introducing young readers to a quirky world where ordinary objects behave in unnerving and extraordinary ways.
Earthsea: The First Four Books by Ursula K. Le Guin
A classic series from one of the greatest fantasy storytellers. Unlike the blended world of Harry Potter where characters move between the real and fantastic (or muggle and wizarding worlds), Earthsea is an entire fantasy land in the style of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. These books introduce us to dragon lord Ged as he begins his journey from humble village boy to become the most famous wizard of his age.
Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
A brilliant way to introduce die-hard fans of Rick Riordan’s stories to Greek mythology. In this book, modern demigod Percy Jackson narrates the lives of Greek heroes. Funny, streetwise and not shy about the most bloodythirsty bits of the classic tales, this book offers the perfect chance to sneak in some valuable classical education.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
A funny and beautifully told modern day fairy-tale which follows impulsive and brave Alice as she navigates the enchanted world of Furthermore to find her father. It will satisfy any insatiable reader who loves getting to grips with magic-based fantasies. There’s a nice twist where the almost albino Alice is powerless in a world where colour is king, which drives a life-affirming message for young people: the importance of appreciating people’s differences and accepting everyone.