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If Your Child Loved Harry Potter - Try These Books by Eden Godsoe

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Books

My son went through Harry Potter in no time and so I sought out similar books that would interest him but not be too advanced. He read Harry Potter at age 5-6 and is now 7 so I've tried to round up books appropriate to children in early-to-mid elementary school.


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The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy

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We picked this up at the airport for my 7 year old not knowing what it was about and he read in it days. Children compete brainteaser tests and 4 children are picked to complete a series of challenging and creative tasks.

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The 39 Clues Trilogy

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A wealthy matriarch scatters cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune around the globe for a brother-sister team to figure out. My son read this at about age 6 though I think some of the story line went over his head and age 8-9 is more appropriate.

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Charlie Bone books

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Charlie can hear people in photographs talk. And so begins his amazing adventures that are fast reads for children 8 and above.

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His Dark Materials trilogy

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Thank you to my friend Heidi H for this recommendation. This triology includes The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; and The Amber Spyglass.

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The Lord of the Rings

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Another great recommendation from Heidi H. I think we will hold off on this one until our kids are about 10 years old but curious what others think re age appropriateness.

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Chronicles of Narnia series

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I remember these as a child and can't wait to share the Narnia stories with our children. Ages 7-8 seem appropriate.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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I like this that this is just one self contained book rather than from a trilogy. It also includes pictures to help tell the story.

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

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I love that the main character is a strong girl though I think both boys and girls will enjoy this from about age 9-10 onward.

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The Sisters Grimm series

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Recommendation from my friend Amy M who has 3 daughters. There are 8 books in this series which is appropriate for children 7+.

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The Hound of Rowan and The Tapestry series

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Written by our friend Henry Neff, this is one my husband has already read and my son will be starting in on soon. Ages 8+ should be good with it.

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The Percy Jackson Series

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The Lightening Thief is the first book in the 5-book Percy Jackson series. Children will love reading about the adventures of Percy and his friends.

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The Kane Chronicles

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Recommended by my friend Amy M. From the same author as the Percy Jackson series but taken up a notch.

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The Dragon Slayer's series

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This is an easier read than Harry Potter and there are a ton of books in this series.

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Deltora Quest

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Another recommendation from my friend Heidi H (thank you!) This series has something like 8 books. The language and violence depiction is appropriate for young (3rd or 4th grade) readers and the story is compelling enough for even adults.

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The Dark is Rising

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Recommended by Henry Neff, author of The Tapestry series and an English teacher so you know its good. Or in his words "excellent." For children 9-10 years old.

Eden Godsoe: My nephew (age 9) just started this series and is loving them.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles

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New York Times Book Review With their evocative gothic-style pencil...more

My son read these 3 books when he was 6 and go through them in no time.

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Usborne Young Reading: Series Two)

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This is a new title in "Young Reading Series Two", part of the Usborne...more

Suggested by Cristina Sierra

This book combines beautiful illustrations and an elaborate story about a young girl's perseverance.

Eden Godsoe: Thank you for the suggestion. Sounds like one my son could tackle now (at 7 years old.)

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The Chronicles of Prydain

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Recommended by my sister who is a book worm and has a son who is a voracious reader. Appropriate for ages 7/8 onward.

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Artemis Fowl

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Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above...more

There are something like 8 books in this series that follow a boy genius who is a criminal mastermind who plans to rebuild his family's finances by stealing it from imaginary beings. Amazon recommends 10 years old and above.

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The Wizard of Oz

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There are many versions of this classic but be sure to get something where the main storyline is in tact. Pictures are good but this is a book that needs to be read.

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Chef Amy Fothergill:

 Thank you for this list! Just what I need.
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LeslieJ:

 I don't have children but read many of these in my tween years. Now I want to read a few of the new ones even if I am no longer a tween or even a teen!!