While you are waiting for the next Harry Potter book, try these titles. St. Louis Public Library cardholders can use the Library's online catalog to find specific locations where these books can be found.

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer (Y Fic)

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches one cunning plot after another.

Artemis Fowl
The Arctic incident
The eternity code

Beware, Princess Elizabeth, by Carolyn Meyer (Y Fic)

This historical novel gives readers an exciting look at the first 25 years in the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Boggart, by Susan Cooper (J Fic)

A Scottish spirit inadvertently moved to Canada pines for his ancestral manse in this tale sure to provide a laugh and a shudder.

Books by Edward Eager (J Fic)

Edward Eager delights young readers with stories that mix magic and reality.

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Knight’s Castle
Magic by the lake
The time garden
The well wishers
Magic or not?
Seven-day magic

Chronicle of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis (J Fic)

Four young people travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems.

The magician’s nephew
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
The horse and his boy
Prince Caspian
The voyage of Dawn Treader
The silver chair
The last battle

Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander (J Fic)

Enjoy the adventures that befall Taran when he goes in search of his birthright. Titles in the series include:

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The black cauldron
The castle of Llyr
Taran wanderer
The high king

The dark is rising sequence, by Susan Cooper (J Fic)

Celtic and Welsh legends provide the backdrop the Drew children pit the power of good against the evil forces of Dark in battles that include crystal swords, golden grails, and a silver-eyed dog that can see the wind.

Over sea, under stone
The dark is rising
The grey king
Silver on the tree

The Deptford Mice trilogy, by Robin Jarvis (J Fic)

The trilogy follows the exploits of the Deptford Mice and their allies (bats and squirrels) in this animal fantasy set in modern London.

The dark portal
The crystal prison
The final reckoning

Eragon, by Christopher Paolina (Y Fic)

An epic fantasy, with Eragon, and Saphira, the dragon he's raised from a baby, learning how to use magic and power for good and evil.

Earthsea Series, by Ursula K. LeGuin (J Fic)

Experience imaginary realms in this trilogy (and two extra works) that is often compared to Tolkien's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia,

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Tombs of Atuan
The farthest shore
The other wind

His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman (Y Fic)

Join young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University as she discovers that her world is not like our own. In hers people each have a personal daemon, the manifestation of their souls in animal form. Readers will venture into her universe where science, theology, and magic are closely allied.

The golden compass
The subtle knife
The amber spyglass

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien (Y Fic)

Tolkien changed the face of fantasy fiction with his intriguing stories about places we can only imagine, but can’t wait to visit.

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The two towers
The return of the king

The House with a clock in its walls, by John Bellairs (J Fic)

Be careful what you wish for…just ask Lewis. He always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion--his Uncle Jonathan's. But things aren’t always what they seem.

I am Mordred and I am Morgan le Fay, by Nancy Springer (Y SF)

Tales that take place in King Arthur’s time are filled with archetypal themes of love, loss, betrayal and reconciliation.

Merlin, the Enchanger series, by Mary Stewart (Fic)

Mary Stewart has been spellbinding readers and converting them into serious Arthurian buffs ever since. Don’t miss this series that focuses on the life and adventures of the wizard Merlin.

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The hollow hills
The last enchantment
The wicked day

Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo (J Fic)

Imagine discovering that you are able to look at photographs and hear conversations That’s what’s happens to Charlie and then his life becomes full of danger and mystery.

A series of unfortunate events, by Lemony Snicket (J Fic)

Readers find that the events that unfold in Snicket's novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you'd hope, yet each story is delightful and funny.

The bad beginning
The reptile room
The wide window
The miserable mill
The austere academy
The ersatz elevator
The vile village
The hostile hospital
The carnivorous carnival
The slippery slope

The time warp trio series, by Jon Scieszka (J Fic)

Everyone’s favorite time travelers continually find themselves taking part in exciting adventures full of humor and mystery.

Knights of the kitchen table
The not-so-jolly Roger
The good, the bad and the Goofy
Your mother was a Neanderthal
Tut Tut
Summer reading is killing me
It’s all Greek to me
See you later, gladiator
Sam Samurai
Hey kid, want to buy a bridge?
Viking it and like it

Wizards of the game, by David Lubar (Y Fic)

Mercer Dickensen set up a gaming convention at his school but things do not go the way he planned. This story combines wizardry and the real world of eighth grade.

Created by
Youth Services Staff
December 2003