Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

For Treating Harry Potter Withdrawal

“Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

I have the emotional range of an ocean.  Kate and I have both had horrible symptoms associated with Harry Potter withdrawal, including frequent daydreams, random quoting, and most importantly, not being able to read another book without sighing a lot and feeling it doesn’t compare. While we cannot guarantee that this list of books will cure you, they are certainly enjoyable in a way similar to Harry Potter, even if the topics and writing styles are different, and will keep you busy until the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies come out.

For Middle Grade Readers:

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Magyk by Angie Sage

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Elissa’s Quest by Erica Verrillo


For Young Adult Readers:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Safe-Keeper’s Secret by Sharon Shinn

Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Seraphina by Rachael Hartman


Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

For more amazing lists, check out Tamora Pierce’s Beyond Harry Potter list, and a detailed article titled 95 Young Adult Books to Read This Summer Instead of Reading ‘Harry Potter’ AGAIN.


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This entry was posted on October 2, 2013 by in Author: Gwen, Author: Kate, Book List, Middle Grade, Young Adult and tagged , .
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