Beyond Harry Potter . . .
Silly, sad, medieval, contemporary . . . alternate worlds come in all different shapes and sizes. These books have the same imaginative gusto as Harry Potter, but with their own distinctive flair.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Fall down the rabbit hole into a most curious land of exuberant nonsense.
The Anybodies by N. E. Bode
Prepare for laughs and surprises when Fern spends a summer in the world of shape-shifting Anybodies.
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
Unpack plots, subplots, and hoards of characters in this lush novel about saving an alternate world from destruction.
Spellfall by Katherine Roberts
Fall into the vivid story line of a 12-year-old girl who must learn about a magical world at the same time she is trying to save it. Learn more.
Summerland by Michael Chabon
Revel in the fusion of baseball and fantasy in this distinctive novel from a Pulitzer Prize-winning autho
Witches and Witch-Hunts: A History of Persecution by Milton Meltzer
Get acquainted with the brutal history of accusation and hysteria in this comprehensive book that covers such "witches" as Joan of Arc and the women of Salem. Learn more.
The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber
Delve into a range of deep and complex emotions in this thoughtful novel about a hideous abandoned boy who's raised by a witch.
The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Join the Round Table in this trilogy about a boy named Arthur who discovers links with his namesake, the legendary King Arthur.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Absorb yourself in these gritty books about magic and technology, fairies and crime-lords.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Plunge into an alternative London where magicians rule the government and an arrogant 5,000 year-old djinni calls home.
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
Venture into the forest with this coming-of-age novel set 6,000 years ago.
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
Astonish your senses with these multi-faceted tales starring an enchanter with nine lives, navigating twelve parallel universes.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Discover these imaginative stories populated with memorable characters. Includes two books with Newbery accolades: The Black Cauldron and The High King.
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
Embark upon a perilous search for gems with the power to heal a haunted world.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Prepare to be awed by these grand fantasy books told in majestic style and with first-rate imaginative scope.
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
Read and reread these award-winning books filled with profound ideas and told with impeccable grace.
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Put a smile on your face with a charming series set in motion when a princess escapes marriage in favor of becoming a dragon's assistant.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Hob-nob with hobbits in these lush, influential books that set the standard for fantasy novels and inspired the epic films.
The Redwall Books by Brian Jacques
Rethink your feelings toward rodents in these international bestsellers that show those furry creatures performing great heroism.
The Sabriel-Lirael-Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
Juggle themes like war, peace, technology, and magic in these imaginative and finely detailed books.
The Sea of Trolls Trilogy by Nancy Farmer
Hold onto your seats in this epic by an award-winning author that takes you into the worlds of mythology and history.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Take three orphans, a mysterious narrator, and oodles of gothic misfortune, and you get these addictive, hilarious tales of woe.
Troll Trilogy by Katherine Langrish
Try this story written in the spirit of Nordic folktales and filled with trolls, beasts, and two nasty uncles.