With the enormous success that the Harry Potter books have achieved, it is sometimes easy to forget the wide array of good childrenâ€™s books that might also engage your kids. The Harry Potter series is famous for turning non-readers into bookworms, but there are many other titles out there that can also have a similar affect. So when your kids are finished with the Harry Potter series and have had their fill of Hogwarts magic, here are a few other books that may also have them with their noses buried in the magic of a good book. If your kids are into wizards, witches and all other sorts of magical creatures, these books will be sure to grab their attention.
Redwall by Brian Jacques. This book is the first in the popular Redwall series. It tells the story of the peace-loving mice who live in Redwall Abbey. The mice hear a rumor that Cluny the Scourge and his evil gang are coming to invade the Abbey. Cluny the Scourge is a one-eyed rat that has threatened the mice before. The mice believe that they must find a powerful sword that once belonged to their hero, Martin the Warrior, in order to save the abbey. Young mouse Mathias decides to set out and find the sword to protect his precious abbey and all of his friends. This is a great series for readers 9 and up.
Passagerâ€"The Young Merlin Trilogy by Jane Yolen. This is a fun trilogy about a young child who is abandoned as a child in the woods. The young child just happens to be Merlin, who is forced to gather his courage in order to survive the ordeal of his childhood. Eventually young Merlin is taken in by a kindly but very mysterious falconer. Young Merlin must cope with learning to live indoors for the first time in his life. Yolen has created a wonderful fantasy series that weaves together different aspects of Arthurian legend, as well as historical events, lore, and lots of interesting facts about falconry. The Passager series is also recommended for readers 9 and up.
The Wizardâ€™s Map by Jane Yolen. Another fun fantasy book from author Jane Yolen, this book concerns young Molly and her twin brother and sister, Jennifer and Peter. While they are vacationing in Scotland, their mother warns them that they are dearly missing patience. But she is not strictly referring to the virtue. In this book, patience also refers to an old card game that can bring forth sinister consequences. In the game of patience, an ancient map comes forth that has the power to change the face of the earth. Molly, Jennifer and Peter, along with new enchanted friends, must learn to play the game and defeat the sinister forces in order to save the world.
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson. Maybe this title reminds you a little of Platform 9 Â¾ that Harry, Ron and Hermione and the rest of the Hogwarts gang use to board the Hogwarts Express. But this book actually came out before the Harry Potter book. In this fun novel, the magical Platform 13 leads to a wondrous world where a magical island is found. This magical island is populated by ogres, mistmakers, and mermaids. One of the secrets is that the islandâ€™s prince was kidnapped as a baby and was raised as a normal boy in London. The King of Queen now send a wizard, ogre and a hag to find their lost prince son in the big city of London. Will they be successful and return the island prince back home safely?
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