By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian
Last Friday, libraries all over the country opened their doors to middle school and high school students for after-hour activities. It was also Harry Potter’s birthday – he turned 35 – so GEPL invited middle schoolers to participate in an interactive showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Most people who have the ability and desire to read the well-known series have by this point. Many leave the series wanting more. While Rowling continues to leak new tidbits of information, and hints to more stories within the Potterverse, I have compiled a list of books to get you through the hard times of HP-withdrawal.
The Last Apprentice
by Joseph Delaney
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.”
The Amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
by Maile Meloy
Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
by Lisa McMann
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.
The Lost Years of Merlin
by T. A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.