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Library association recommends fantasy books for Harry Potter fans
Contact: Larra Clark
ALA Media Relations
312-280-5043
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2005

Library association recommends fantasy books for Harry Potter fans

(CHICAGO) The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), today released a recommended reading list for Harry Potter fans waiting impatiently for the July 16 release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Children's librarians from around the country selected books in two categories: books that have similar story elements and replicate accessibility, tone and flavor; and books that are similar in theme but may be more complex.

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest-quality library and information services and public access to information. ALSC is a network of over children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts and publishers committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families and others who work with children.

For more information on libraries, library workers, literacy and reading, please visit the ALA online at www.ala.org. To use some or all of the book lists, or to schedule an interview with an ALA spokesperson, please contact Larra Clark at 312-280-5043 or Elizabeth Morgan at 312-280-1546.

The lists of recommended reading follow:

Harry-a-like Books

Books that may have similar story elements to Harry Potter but more importantly replicate the accessibility, tone and flavor.

Author, Title. (Series Name)

Publisher

Year

Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. (Chronicles of Prydain)

Holt

1964

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz.

Michael Neugebauer Book

1996

Billingsly, Franny. The Folk Keeper

Turtleback Books

2001

Black, Holly. The Field Guide. (The Spiderwick Chronicles)

Simon & Schuster

2003

Bode, N.E. The Anybodies.

HarperCollins

2004

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.

Hyperion Books

2001

Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising. (Dark is Rising Sequence)

Margaret K. McElderry

1973

Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. (Magic Shop Books)

Harcourt

1991

Duane, Diane. So You Want To Be A Wizard.(Young Wizard Series)

Delacorte

1983

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart.

Scholastic

2003

Griffin, Adele. The Witch Twins.

Hyperion Books

2001

Haptie, Charlotte. Otto and the Flying Twins: the First Book of the Karmidee.

Holiday House

2003

Ibbotson, Eva. The Secret of Platform 13.

Dutton

1998

Jones, Diana Wynne. Witch Week. (Chrestomanci Books)

Greenwillow

1982

Nimmo, Jenny. Charlie Bone.

Orchard

2003

Nix, Garth. Mister Monday. (Keys to the Kingdom)

Scholastic

2005

Sage, Angie. Septimius Heap, Book One: Magyk.

Katherine Tegen Books

2005

Skye, Obert. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo.

Shadow Mountain

2005

Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

HarperCollins

1999

Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. (The Bartimaeus Trilogy)

Miramax

2003

Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

Harcourt

1990

Yolen, Jane. Wizard's Hall.

Harcourt

1991

If You Like Harry Books

Books that may be similar in theme to Harry Potter but are more complex or are great fantasy fiction.

Author, Title. (Series Name)

Publisher

Year

Avi. Midnight Magic.

Scholastic

1999

Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (Lost Years of Merlin)

Philomel

1996

Bass, L.G. Sign Of The Qin. (Outlaws Of Moonshadow Marsh)

Hyperion

2004

Bell, Hilari. The Wizard Test.

Eos

2005

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. (Underland Chronicles)

Scholastic

2003

Constable, Kate. Singer of All Songs.

Arthur A. Levine Books

2004

Doyle, Debra and James D. Macdonald. School of Wizardry. (Circle of Magic)

Troll Communications

2000

Eager, Edgar. Half Magic.

Harcourts Brace

2004

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story.

Dutton

1997

Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls.

Atheneum

2004

Fisher,Catherine. The Oracle Betrayed. (Oracle Prophecies)

Greenwillow

2004

Flanagan, John. Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan.

Philomel

2005

Furlong, Monica. Wise Child.

Knopf

1987

Jones, Diana Wynne. Year of the Griffin.

Greenwillow

2000

LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea.

Atheneum

1991

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.

Cornerstone

1987

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.

HarperCollins

1997

Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia.

HarperCollins

1998

Mahy, Margaret. The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance.

Puffin

1994

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsinger. (Harper Hall Trilogy)

Atheneum

1977

McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.

Greenwillow

1984

Nesbit, E. Five Children and It.

Puffin

1996

Nix, Garth. Sabriel. (Abhorsen Trilogy)

HarperCollins

1995

Nodelman, Perry. The Same Place but Different.

Simon & Schuster

1995

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn.

Eos

2004

Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing.

Simon & Schuster

1997

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon.

Knopf

2003

Pierce, Tamora. Sandry's Book. (Circle of Magic)

Scholastic

1997

Pratchett. Terry. Wee Free Men.

HarperCollins

2003

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. (His Dark Materials)

Eos

1996

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.

Houghton Mifflin

2001

Zambreno, Mary Frances. A Plague of Sorcerers.

Harcourt

1991