Some books stick with us long after we close them. For many children, that book is Harry Potter. From the very first sentence of the very first book in this beloved series, readers are pulled into a fantastical world where a young wizard and his quirky friends learn about sorcery and enchantment at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – all while battling the evil Lord Voldemort. J.K. Rowling did something amazing when she penned Harry’s story: she created a second dimension where characters became best friends and imaginary destinations felt like home.
There’s a good chance you’ll never find a book quite as special as Harry Potter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise your child with one of these awesome new tales about magic, wizardry, and adventure. They’re six books worthy of a Golden Snitch.
by Lisa McMann
Twin sisters, Fifer and Thisbe Stowe, are gifted with amazing magical abilities. Bu they are unable to control the power that runs through them and accidentally strike down a beloved creature in the jungle of Artimé. Seeking to right the wrong, they set out to rescue the dragons enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land. Kids will get lost in this breakout book that Kirkus Review calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”
by Sarah Jean Horwitz
In this series launch, set to debut on April 25, 2017, a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess vanquish mechanical monsters that threaten the steampunk streets of a wooded kingdom. Peril lurks around every corner in the form of automata cats and mad scientists. A little darker than Harry Potter, yet an equally thrilling journey.
by Brandon Mull
This long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven is another dragon-filled adventure stocked with likable characters and a whirlwind plot. The dragons no longer consider the sanctuaries safe havens. They see them as prisons and turn on the people of Wyrmroost. Can siblings Kendra and Seth draw on their powers and tame the beasts? Or will the firebreathers change the world forever?
by Diane Stanley
In her grandfather’s house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter hidden in a cookie tin. Soon after the platter is repaired, strange things begin to happen. Joplin befriends a boy named Barrett and notices a girl outside of her apartment building. The girl looks oddly familiar – like the girl pictured on the front of the platter. Soon, they’re all pulled into an adventure that has them plotted against a villainous foe.
by David Baldacci
The Width of the World is the third and latest book in the Vega Jane series – although it can be read as a standalone. Jane leaves Wormwood once and for all after experiencing letdowns her entire life. Everyone she’s known has lied to her and now she is on a quest to find the truth. With her best friend, Delph, and her trusted canine, Harry Two, she fights her way across Quag. Together, they battle strange creatures and tackle grueling landscapes in this wildly fanciful tale of secrets and revelations.
by Ed Masessa
Henry Leach the Eighth and his sister, Brianna, have survived a faulty spell. Now they must swiftly defeat an evil spell-caster and save the world. Can they convince Grand Wand Master Coralis to take them on as apprentices? “[Ed] Masessa delivers a fast-paced, entertaining tale filled with humor and magical action, playfully referencing (and toying with) tropes popularized by Harry Potter (Voldemort never suffered half of the indignities that are perpetrated on Dai She, and Dumbledore never flew coach across the Atlantic). This is a clever, twisty story with plenty of potential for future installments,” says Publishers Weekly.
What new books has your child read that fill the void of Harry Potter? Share in the comments!