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Must Read Books If You Like Harry Potter


Harry Potter is an international phenomenon, but what do you do when you've read all of the books in the series? The Harry Potter series is filled with magic and adventure. The novels are about a young boy who attends an academy for young wizards. Here are a few books you may enjoy--if you liked the Harry Potter books. Take a look!

1. A Wizard of Earthsea

A wizard of Earthsea
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A Wizard of Earthsea is a famous classic novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. The work is the first in the Earthsea series of novels. The novel is a Bildungsroman, an exploration of Ged's growing up, as he goes in search of his identity. He is identified as "one who will be greatest of the wizards of Gont," but he must move behind his fear.
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2. A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time
Holtzbrinck Publishers
A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle. A mix of science fiction and fantasy, the book is the first in a series about Meg Murry and her extraordinary family. The novel explores individuality, the importance of language (and sometimes how inadequate it is), and love--in a quest across time and space.
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3. Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia is a novel by Katherine Paterson. The book is famous for the magical kingdom created by two lonely children, who work through their fears and find a place to express their imaginations. Even though the book is beloved for its magic and tragedy, the book is also a frequently banned book. Much of the controversy involves the death that takes place, but the book has also been challenged and censored "for offensive language, sexual content, and references to the occult and Satanism" (according to the ALA).
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4. Enchanted Castle

Enchanted Castle
Enchanted Castle is a novel by Edith Nesbit. In this book, children (Jerry, Jimmy, and Kathleen) find a magical castle--with an invisible princess. This fantasy was first published in 1907. Nesbit explores themes of illusion versus reality, with a magic ring, a princess-turned-fake, and the Ugly Wuglies (things-come-alive). Enchanted Castle is a favorite fantasy classic.

5. Lord Foul's Bane

Lord Foul's Bane
Random House
Lord Foul's Bane is a novel by Stephen R. Donaldson. The book is the first in a trilogy: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. After an unfortunate series of events, Thomas Covenant finds himself in The Land, a fantasy world. In this novel, Donaldson develops this anti-hero, who is destined to save the alternate reality of The Land. He does not believe; he will not hope. But he manages to succeed nonetheless.

6. Neverending Story

Neverending Story
The Neverending Story is a famous fantasy novel by Michael Ende. Bastian Balthazar Bux steals a book from a mysterious man in a bookstore. He reads about Fantastica, but then he's transported into the story. He finds he must complete a quest to save Fantastica from evil. The book was first published in Germany (the English translation is by Ralph Manheim). The Neverending Story is a search for identity, a coming of age, and a quest for reality in the face of illusion and delusion.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia One Volume
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of novels by C.S. Lewis. In this series, four children discover a magical land on the other side of an ordinary wardrobe. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the children have escaped to the countryside because of the war. During the course of this and the ensuing novels, the children have adventures in Narnia, but each book sees them grow up (with a range of other characters joining them along the way). Although the books are famous and popular, the series has also seen a number of detractors. C.S. Lewis has often been criticized for his religious themes, but these books are also controversial for their use of magic and mythological figures.

8. The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn
Roc Trade
The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle. This classic work follows the adventures of a unicorn, a hapless (but immortal) wizard, and a cat--on their quest to find out what happened to the unicorns. Thematically, the novel explores love, loss, illusion versus reality, humanity, and fate. Here's there's a mix of mythology and legends. The illusions are all the more poignant since most people in the novel no longer appear to believe in magic or mythical creatures.

9. The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride
Random House
The Princess Bride is a famous fantasy novel by William Goldman. The book is an unforgettable mix of adventure, romance and comedy. Purported to be by S. Morgenstern, the novel is really a frame story--where Goldman uses the device of a older tale to provide commentary and insight on his own story.

10. The Hobbit

The Hobbit
Houghton Mifflin Company
The Hobbit is a novel by J.R. Tolkien. Here, you meet Bilbo Baggins and follow him on his adventures in Middle-Earth. He is a hobbit, comfortable to stay at home in his hole--until Gandalf calls him away to great adventure. In his dangerous quest, he encounters monsters and he discovers a great deal about himself (about courage, inn strength, etc.). But, how can the hobbit really be the same after seeing so much of the world, and understanding the dangers of Middle-Earth?

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