Children who like Harry Potter might like……
If your child was a fan of the Harry Potter series and is looking to delve into another epic fantasy adventure series, look no further as we have prepared a list of some possible contenders. All book titles in this list have the necessary qualities of humour, fast paced action and excitement which will capture […]
If your child was a fan of the Harry Potter series and is looking to delve into another epic fantasy adventure series, look no further as we have prepared a list of some possible contenders. All book titles in this list have the necessary qualities of humour, fast paced action and excitement which will capture the imagination of your child, immersing them into imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common and the main theme is the eventual triumph of good over evil. The books will appeal to boys and girls and will captivate readers between 9 and 12 years.
Knights of the borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
Knights of the borrowed Dark is the first book in a new series by Irish author, Dave Rudden. This new series is about Denizen Hardwick who lives at Crosscaper orphanage on the west coast of Ireland. One dark evening, after discovering he has an Aunt in Dublin, Denizen is collected by a mysterious stranger who promises to bring him to his long lost Aunt. During the car journey, Denizen is ambushed by a monster created from shadows and suddenly realises he has just entered a world he didn’t think could exist. On learning he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters, Denizen joins the Knights of the Borrowed Dark in their life long battle against The Tenebrous, a shadowy race of monsters and their powerful monster, the Endless King.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
The series of five books is set in the 21st century and is based on greek mythology. The story centres around a twelve year old boy named Percy Jackson and charts his adventures as he discovers he is a demigod – the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god, Poseidon. Shortly after arriving at Camp Half Blood – a training camp for demigods, Percy is sent on a quest to catch the thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — the powerful lightning bolt of Zeus, the god of the sky. Accompanied by his friends, Annabeth and Grover, Percy meets many monsters and gods as he tries to prevent a war between the Olympian gods. This series of book is not only fun but educational as the series is very accurate to the original Greek myths.
Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan
The Ranger’s Apprentice is a series of 12 books written by Australian author, John Flanagan. The series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who has dreamt of becoming a great knight like his father. Devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmond’s Battle school, Will is taken on as an apprentice Ranger by Halt, a mysterious ranger who becomes his Mentor. With the assistance of Halt, Will masters the Rangers secret weapons and skills including archery, knife throwing and a mottled cloak As Will strives to keep the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors, and threats, he is accompanied on his adventures by his mentor Halt and his best friend Horace. The Rangers Apprentice series is not only packed with wild action adventures, the theme of the series is about loyalty and trust and that courage can overcome the greatest of enemies.
Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
Underland Chronicles is a series of five fantasy novels by “Hunger Games” author, Suzanne Collins. It tells the story of 11 year old Gregor who is trying to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. After falling through a grate in his apartment, Gregor and his two year old Sister are hurtled into “Underland”, a subterranean world located under New York City. Underland is inhabited by humans who travelled below hundreds of years ago, along with various giant versions of creatures like bats, cockroaches, and rats. Gregor discovers that Underland is on the brink of war and he has a role to play in its uncertain future. The series involves many topics relating to war, including biological warfare, genocide, and military intelligence.
Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is based in the futuristic world of fantasy and fairies and revolves around a 12-year old millionaire criminal mastermind called Artemis Fowl II. At the beginning of the book, his father, Artemis Senior has disappeared, along with the family’s fortune, and as a result his mother has gone into a catatonic state. In attempt to restore his family’s fortune, Artemis comes up with a plan to steal gold from the fairies. Along with his friend and bodyguard Butler, Fowl manages to capture LEPrecon officer Captain Holly Short, whom he then proceeds to hold hostage for money. Described by Eoin Colfer as “Die Hard with fairies”, the Artemis Fowl books may not be as appealing to younger children however older kids, teenagers and adults alike should enjoy the mix of fantasy, humour and adventure.
Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of nine novels based in Ireland and written by Irish author Derek Landy. The books tell the story of a charming 400 year old skeleton detective named Skulduggery Pleasant who meets twelve year old Stephanie Edgley – the niece of his one-time friend. When Stephanie Edgley’s Uncle Gordon – a writer of horror novels – passes away under suspicious circumstances, Skulduggery Pleasant drags Stephanie into a world of magic and mayhem, introducing her to a whole range of intriguing characters: Tanith Low, Ghastly Bespoke and China Sorrows. Together, Skulduggery and Stephanie (who adopts the name Valkyrie Cain to protect herself), explore the mysterious circumstances around her Uncle’s death, meeting danger at every turn.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven books by C.S. Lewis. A classic of children’s literature and a must read for all ages, the books tell the story of four ordinary children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. The Pevensie children have been evacuated to the English countryside from London in 1940 following the outbreak of World War II. They stay at the large house of a distinguished Professor, Digory Kirke, and discover a wardrobe in the house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The evil White Witch has reigned over the land of Narnia for a century of continuous winter with no Christmas. During their adventures, they meet the Great Lion and the rightful King of Narnia, Aslan and together the set out to save Narnia. At the end of the first book, Aslan crowns the four children as Kings and Queens of Narnia leaving a legacy to be rediscovered in later books.
And if your child is a bit older….here are some recommended Young Adult reads
The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud
The Bartimaeus Sequence is made up of four bestselling novels featuring the grumpy and resourceful, Bartimaeus, a five thousand year old djinni. The first three books are set mainly in an alternative present day London and centres on Bartimaeus’s relationship with Nathaniel, a young and ambitious magician in training as they venture across London to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the sinister and master of Magicians, Simon Lovelace.
The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles is a series of eight books by British author Joseph Delaney. The books centres on twelve year old Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son who is apprenticed to John Gregory to become a Spook – a master fighter of supernatural beings. Dark, thrilling and at times terrifying, the series follows Tom adventures as he tackles ghosts, witches, boggarts and other dark creatures.
The Magisterium series by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Magisterium series is a five-book series and the setting of the books is an underground school where mages train apprentices to control the elements. The book centres around twelve year old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine. The series is co-authored by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and is their first collaboration
All of these titles can be reserved on the Fingal Library Online Catalogue. There is no charge to reserve an item and your local library will contact you when it is available for collection.
By Úna Smyth, Fingal Libraries