Harry Potter Read-alikes

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The lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Oceans Eleven, and entirely enthralling.

The rope trick
by Lloyd Alexander
Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines adventure, love, and mystery.

by David Almond

Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

Tithe : a modern faerie tale
by Holly Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

Valiant : a modern tale of faerie
by Holly Black (2005)

Seventeen-year-old Val runs away to New York City, where she falls in with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s subway system and consort with faeries, trolls, and other strange creatures.

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer (2001) 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.

The Arctic incident
by Eoin Colfer
(2002) Book 2 Artemis Fowl

The world’s youngest criminal mastermind returns to rescue his father from the Russian Mafia
The eternity Code
by Eoin Colfer
Book 3 Artemis Fowl

After Artemis uses stolen fairy technology to create a powerful microcomputer and it is snatched by a dangerous American businessman, Artemis, Juliet, Mulch, and the fairies join forces to try to retrieve it.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her – and the life he knows vanishes like smoke. Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness – to a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

It begins
by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Book 1 Unseen
After a horrifying encounter in a graveyard, Lucy cannot get over feeling that she is being watched, but is unwilling to trust the one person who might be able to help her.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

Blood brothers
by Richie Tankersley Cusick
(2006) Book 3 Unseen

A stranger claiming to be Byron’s brother appears, horribly wounded, and throws Lucy’s life into further turmoil.

Revenge of the witch
by Joseph Delaney
(2005) Book 1 Last Apprentice

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.” Capturing witches Binding boggarts Driving away ghosts For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

Curse of the bane
by Joseph Delaney
(2006) Book 2 Last Apprentice

Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship with the Spook as they confront a dangerous bane who can control people’s thoughts.

Deep Wizardry
by Diane Duane
(2001) Book 2 Young Wizards

During a summer vacation at the beach, thirteen-year-old wizard Nita and her friend Kit assist the whale-wizard S’reee in combating an evil power.

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.

High wizardry
by Diane Duane
(2001) Book 3 Young Wizards

When her younger sister uses the family computer with its special wizard software to travel to worlds light years away, Nita uses her wizardry to try to find her.

The ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
(2005) 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.

The burning bridge
by John Flanagan
(2005) Book 2 Ranger’s Apprentice

Will is forced to overcome his fear of Wargals, the foot soldiers of rebel warlord Morgarath, as Araluen’s army prepares to battle Morgarath’s forces.

The icebound land
by John Flanagan
(2006) Book 3 Ranger’s Apprentice

Chasing the Skandian slave-traders who kidnapped Will and Evanlyn, Ranger Halt and warrior student Horace find themselves in the frozen northern islands, where they battle a ruthless black-clad knight as they attempt to rescue their friends.

by Cornelia Caroline Funke
(2003) 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.

by Cornelia Caroline Funke
(2005) Book 2 Inkheart Trilogy

When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book.

The books of magic
by Neil Gaiman

by Erin Hunter
(2005) 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.

by Erin Hunter
(2005) 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.

by Erin Hunter
(2006) Book 3 Warriors: The New Prophecy

The questing cats return to a forest devastated by the Twolegs, where they must find a way to convince their Clans to leave in search of a new home, even though they have no idea where they are going.

Aunt Maria
by Diana Wynne Jones

While visiting and caring for Great-Aunt Maria, Mig and Chris discover that their “helpless” relative has frightening powers.

A wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin
(1975) 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. Le Guin
(1971) 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. Le Guin

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.

Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Grim Tuesday
by Garth Nix
(2004) Book 2 Keys to the Kingdom

“Arthur Penhaligon didn’t think he would have to return to the very strange house that nearly killed him on Monday — and the house that contains a fantastical and sinister realm inside. But the next day brings new challenges — in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the safety of both Arthur’s family and his world.”

Drowned Wednesday
by Garth Nix
(2005) Book 3 keys to the Kingdom

Everyone is after Arthur Penhaligon including strange pirates, shadowy creatures, and Drowned Wednesday, whose gluttony threatens both her world and Arthur’s.

Shade’s children
by Garth Nix

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

by Garth Nix
(1995) Book 1 The Old Kingdom

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.

by Garth Nix
(2003) Book 3 The Old Kingdom

Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth, a Wallmaker, must confront and bind the evil spirit Oranis before it can destroy all life.

Mister Monday
by Garth Nix
(2003) Book 1 Keys to the Kingdom

Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.

Lirael, daughter of the Clayr
by Garth Nix
(2001) Book 2 the Old Kingdom

When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.

by Christopher Paolini
(2003) Book 1 Inheritance Trilogy

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

by Christopher Paolini
(2005) Book 2 Inheritance Trilogy

After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.

Briar’s book
by Tamora Pierce
(1999) Book 4 Circle of Magic

Briar, a young mage-in-training, and his teacher Rosethorn must use their magic to fight a deadly plague that is ravaging Summersea.

Tris’s book
by Tamora Pierce
(1998) Book 2 Circle of Magic

With the defenses of Winding Circle Temple seriously weakened by an earthquake, Tris and her fellow sages-in-training try to join their different magic powers to protect the Winding Circle community from a pirate attack.

Sandry’s book
by Tamora Pierce
(1999) Book 1 Circle of Magic

Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.

Daja’s book
by Tamora Pierce
(1998) Book 3 Circle of Magic

While at Gold Ridge castle to the north of Winding Circle, Daja and the three other mages-in-training who have become her friends develop their unique magical talents as they try to prevent a devastating forest fire from consuming everything in its path.

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents
by Terry Pratchett

A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

The golden compass
by Philip Pullman
(1995) 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 amber spyglass
by Philip Pullman
(2000) Book 3 His Dark Materials

Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra’s father, Lord Asriel.

The subtle knife
by Philip Pullman
(2003) Book 2 His Dark Materials

Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted underworld-Citt̉gazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another’s, has also stumbled into this strange new realm. On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will discover an object of devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat-and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

The lightning thief
by Rick Riordan

Book 1 Percy Jackson & the Olympians
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 himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

The sea of monsters
by Rick Riordan
(2006) Book 2 Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or a cruel joke.

The Titan’s curse
by Rick Riordan
(2007) Book 3 Percy Jackson & the Olympains

When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.

by Angie Sage
(2005) Book 1 Septimus heap

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.

by Angie Sage
(2006) Book 2 Septimus Heap

When Princess Jenna is pursued by a dark wizard, it is the apprentice, Septimus Heap, who must save her while enduring such terrors as a night in the Forest with hungry wolverines and carnivorous trees.

by Angie Sage
(2007) Book 3 Septimus Heap

Pulled through a glass that brings him back in time, Septimus Heap becomes the apprentice of an alchemist.

The unseen
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Feeling angry and out-of-place in her large family, twelve-year-old Xandra finds a magical key to a world of ghostly, sometimes frightening, phantoms that help her see herself and her siblings more clearly.

The golem’s eye
by Jonathan Stroud
(2004) Book 2 Bartimus Trilogy

In their continuing adventures, magician’s apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem’s power before it destroys London.

The amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud
(2003) Book 1 Bartimus Trilog
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.

Ptolemy’s gate
by Jonathan Stroud
(2006) Book 3 Bartimus Trilogy

Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England’s minister of information.

The thief
by Megan Whalen Turner
(1998) Book 1 Queen’s Thief

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

The Queen of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner
(2000) Book 2 Queen’s Thief

Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia.

The king of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner
(2006) Book 3 Quen’s Thief

Eugenides, still known as a Thief of Eddis, faces palace intrigue and assassins as he strives to prove himself both to the people of Attolia and to his new bride, their queen.