KCLS Recommends: Children's - Harry Potter Read-Alikes
Annotation:This is the book that started it all! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has entertained kids for over a decade and sent them hunting for more. This list will lead Harry Potter fans to new and exciting fantasy worlds with regular kids finding their own magic.
Annotation:When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers. Ages 9-12
Annotation: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. Book 1, Bartimaeus Trilogy. Ages 9-12
Annotation:With Vastia under attack from Paksahara's zombie army, the familiars Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue jay, and Gilbert the tree frog must gather seven descendants from the most ancient and powerful animals in the queendom to bring Paksahara down. Ages 9-12
Annotation:While spending yet another summer inside the walled town of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa Daley decides to research the mysterious rumors of the evil that lurks outside the town in the Dark Hills and, despite her doubts, uncovers something that is worse than she could have ever imagined. Ages 9-12
Annotation:After learning of his ancestral ties to Dormia, a hidden kingdom in the Ural Mountains whose inhabitants possess the ancient power of "wakeful sleeping," twelve-year-old Alfonso sets out on a mission to save the kingdom from destruction, discovering secrets that lurk in his own sleep. Ages 9-12
Annotation:The great wizard Flaxfield's death leaves his twelve-year-old apprentice Sam half-trained, but when other wizards gather and debate his fate Sam, not knowing whom to trust, leaves with only his dragon, Starback, for company, unaware of the perils he must face. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
Annotation: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. Book 1, His Dark Materials series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. Book 1, Underland Chronicles. Ages 9-12
Annotation:The story chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. Ages 9-12
Annotation: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. Book 1, Inkheart Trilogy. Ages 9-12
Annotation:After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like him, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. Book 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City. Book 1, Magic Thief series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier. Book 1, Septimus Heap series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:When the seemingly normal fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is swept into an alternate dimension, he finds himself hailed as a savior in a place called Denduron, a territory in the throes of revolution against a magical tyrant. Book 1, Pendragon series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world -- where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets. Book 1, Keys to the Kingdom series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island. Ages 9 – 12
Annotation:Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak, and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back. Book 1, Rowan series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. Book 1, The Old Kingdom Trilogy. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant. Ages 9-12
Annotation:When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones. Book 1, Skulduggery Pleasant series. Alternate title: Scepter of the Ancients. Ages 9-12
Annotation: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. Book 1, Young Wizard’s series. Ages 9-12
Annotation:When eleven-year-old Theodosia and her cat, Isis, travel to Egypt to return the Orb of Ra and the Emerald Tablet, she hopes to learn more about her origins but finds, instead, the Serpents of Chaos and a precious treasure that suddenly appears and disappears. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Magus, the King's Scholar, releases Gen, a skilled thief, from prison so that he may lead him to an ancient treasure, yet once freed, Gen has plans of his own and has no intention of letting Magus walk away with all the goods. A Newbery Honor Book & ALA Notable Children's Book. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Sixth-grader Griffin Penshine has always believed wishes can come true, and so when a strange woman curses her with a box of pennies, Griffin fears her evil desires will come true until she returns each penny to the person who first wished upon it. Ages 9-12
Annotation:Spirited young Fer travels through the Way to a magical world in which beings part human and part animal serve an evil ruler known as the Lady, and where she hopes to learn about her long-lost parents and her own identitiy.
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Like Harry Potter many of the kids in these books go from ordinary to magically amazing. Some step through doors into magical places to become more than they ever dreamed they could be. If you liked Harry Potter then dive into this list and find another magical book to love.