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