What do you read next?
- Young wizards. The aptly named Diane Duane’s Young Wizardry series should be the ticket. Begin with:
So You Want to Be a Wizard is about a young girl named Nita who discovers a magical book at a library that reveals to her a world of spells. This is the beginning of a long and still ongoing series. There are alternate worlds, fights between good and evil, adventures in space, and a star named Fred. Duane also develops a wonderful friendship and partnership between Nita and Kit. Diane Duane blends fantasy and science fiction together in a way that adds complexity to a world in which both technology and magic exist. Threaded throughout are themes like mortality, grief, environmental disaster, and what it means to be a good friend and sibling.
2. More magical creatures and adventures. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
If you like the dash of whimsy that colors the tone of the early Harry Potter books–then this series might be for you. September goes to Fairyland and immediately meets a flying leopard, a Wyverary (not to be confused with a dragon), and a boy who is actually a marid. They all go to battle against a corrupted queen. There is so much attention to detail and it is such at a clippy pace. Do not to be scared off by the mouthful of a title! Also the first entry in a series that is still ongoing.
3. Epic stories and large cast of characters. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Begin with:
In The Lightning Thief, smart-mouth Percy Jackson gets expelled from yet another school. It’s not his fault mythological creatures are trying to kill him. Trouble is, he is the only one who can see them. In this book, he learns that is he a demigod, the spawn of a human and a greek god and he discovers he is not alone when he is sent to Camp Half Blood. This book has it all for the Harry Potter fan, magical creatures, powers, a school for the gifted, prophecies, and true evil. This is the start of a five-book series.