Beyond Harry Potter

The following titles aren’t exactly like Harry Potter, but offer their own worlds of magic and excitement. Look for these books in the children’s fiction (jF) collection by the author’s last name.

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Alanna: the first adventure
Pierce, Tamora

jF PIER
Black and blue magic
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley

jF SNYD
The book of three
Alexander, Lloyd

jF ALEX
The borrowers
Norton, Mary

jF NORT
Castle in the attic
Winthrop, Elizabeth

jF WINT
The changeover
Mahy, Margaret

jF MAHY
Coraline
Gaiman, Neil

jGN GAIM
The curse of the blue figurine
Bellairs, John

jF BELL
Dealing with dragons
Wrede, Patricia

jF WRED
Dead wrong
Gilmour, H.B.

jF GILM
Devil's donkey
Brittain, Bill

jF BR
The diamond in the window
Langton, Jane

jF LANG
Dragon steel
Yep, Laurence

jF YEP
The ear, the eye, and the arm
Farmer, Nancy

jF FARM
East
Pattou, Edith

jF PATT
Ella enchanted
Levine, Gail Carson

jF LEVI
The enchanted castle
Nesbit, E.

jF NESB
Eragon
Paolini, Christopher

jF PAOL
The forgotten beasts of Eld
McKillip, Patricia

jF McKI
The field guide
DiTerlizzi, Tony

jF DiTE
The Gammage cup
Kendall, Carol

jF KEND
The giver
Lowry, Lois

jF LOWR
The golden compass
Pullman, Phillip

jF PULL
Half magic
Eager, Edward

jF EAGE
The hero and the crown
McKinley, Robin

jF McKI
The hobbit
Tolkien, J.R.R.

jF TOLK
Inkheart
Funke, Cornelia Caroline

jF FUNK
Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher
Coville, Bruce

jF COVI
Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
Coville, Bruce

jF COVI
Knights of the kitchen table
Scieszka, Jon

jF SCIE
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Lewis, C.S.

jF LEWI
The lost years of Merlin
Barron, T.A.

jF BARR
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Nimmo, Jenny

jF NIMM
Mister Monday
Nix, Garth

jF NIX
Over sea, over stone
Cooper, Susan

jF COOP
Redwall
Jacques, Brian

jF JACQ
The same place but different
Nodelman, Perry

jF NODE
The sea of trolls
Farmer, Nancy

jF FARM
The secret of platform 13
Ibbotson, Eva

jF IBBO
So you want to be a wizard?
Duane, Diane

jF DUAN
The sword in the stone
White, T.H.

jF WHIT
The tale of Despereaux
DiCamillo, Kate

jGN DiCA
A telling of the tales: five stories
Brooke, William J.

jF BROO
The thief
Turner, Megan Whalen

jF TURN
The 13th floor: a ghost story
Fleischman, Sid

jF FLEI
The weirdstone of Brisingamen: a tale of Alderley
Garner, Alan

jF GARN
Wise child
Furlong, Monica

jF FURL
Witch week
Jones, Diana Wynne

jF JONE
The witches
Dahl, Roald

jF DAHL
A wizard of Earthsea
LeGuin, Ursula

jF LeGU
Wizard's hall
Yolen, Jane

jF YOLE
A wrinkle in time
L'Engle, Madeline

jF LENG

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This booklist compiled by the Children's Librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, September 1999. The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children’s Librarian for further suggestions, and tell us which are your favorites.

Image of Flying Book An annotated booklist compiled by the children's librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, August 2000. The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children’s Librarian for further suggestions, and tell us which are your favorites.

Other Worlds

Tuck Everlasting.
Babbitt, Natalie

Is the ability to live forever a blessing or curse? Ten-year-old Winnie must answer this question for herself.

jF Babb
Coraline.
Gaiman, Neil

Bored in her new flat, a girl goes through a door into a creepy world that mirrors her own.

jF Gaim
Three Terrible Trins.
King-Smith, Dick; Illus. by Mark Teague

To avenge their father's death, three mouse brothers wage a campaign of terror against two house cats.

jF King
The Doll People.
Martin, Ann M. and Laura Godwin, Illus. by Brian Selznick
(jF Mart)

A young porcelain doll ventures out of the Dollhouse to find her aunt, missing for 45 years.

jF Mart
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Rowling, J. K.

When an orphaned boy accepts an invitation to attend a school for witches and wizards, his life changes dramatically.

jF RowL
Knights of the Kitchen Table.
Scieszka, Jon; Illus. by Lane Smith

The familiar Time Warp Trio travels back to King Arthur's court and encounters a knight, a giant, and a dragon.

jF Scie
Stinker from Space.
Service, Pamela F.

An alien crashes into Earth, takes over the body of a skunk, and wonders how to get home.

jF Serv

Historical Fiction

Bud, Not Buddy.
Curtis, Christopher Paul

Guided by his own "Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life" a 10-year-old boy sets out to find the father he's never known.

jF Curt
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple.
Cushman, Karen

It takes time for a young New Englander to feel at home in a rough-and-tumble California gold mining town.

jF Cush
Morning Girl.
Dorris, Michael

A 12-year-old girl and her brother describe daily life on their Bahamian island right before Columbus lands in 1492.

jF Dorr
Baseball Saved Us.
Mochizuki, Ken; Illus. by Dom Lee

For Japanese Americans, imprisoned behind barbed-wire in internment camps, baseball is an escape from boredom.

jF Moch
The Kite Fighters.
Park, Linda Sue

Sibling rivalry and friendship are themes in this story set in Korea in 1473.

jF Park
The Gold Cadillac.
Taylor, Mildred D.

Lois and Wilma are thrilled with the car their father brings home, but when the family drives it into the South, their feelings change.

jF TayL

Just Like Me

  • Bridgeto Terabithia.
    Paterson, Katherine

    Jess and Leslie develop a special friendship at their secret hideaway in this sad and satisfying story.

    jF Pate)
  • Later, Gator.
    Yep, Laurence

    In San Francisco’s Chinatown, an older brother gives his younger brother a baby alligagor with surprising results.

    jF Yep
The School Story.
Clements, Andrew

A girl gets her own novel published without letting her mother, a children’s book editor, in on the project.

jF CLem)
Salsa Stories.
Delacre, Lulu

Young Carmen Teresa writes in her new diary after hearing seven authentic stories, all set in Latin America and each with a reference to food. Recipes included.

jF DeLa
A Year with Butch and Spike.
Gauthier, Gail

An ace student is seated between class cut-ups who gradually spread their influence.

jF Gaut
Any Small Goodness.
Johnston, Tony; Illus. by Raúl Colón

A Mexican boy tells about his new life in a Los Angeles barrio in this upbeat novel.

jF John
The View from Saturday.
Konigsburg, E. L.

Four gifted kids come together on Mrs. Olinsky's 6th grade Academic Bowl team in a comic and complex novel.

jF Koni
The Agony of Alice.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

An 11-year-old girl in an all-male household seeks a beautiful role model.

jF NayL)

To Tell The Truth: Non-Fiction

Walter Wicks Optical Tricks.
Wick, Walter

Crisp color photos present puzzling challenges for the mind and eye.

j152.148
Destination: Space.
Simon, Seymour

A prolific science writher provides up-to-date information about how the Hubble Space Telescope is giving us first-ever images of the cosmos.

j520 Simo
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens.
Lauber, Patricia

This fascinating photo essay shows how apparent destruction in fact fosters natural regeneration.

j551.2 Laub)
Creeps from the Deep.
Taylor, Leighton; Photos. by Norbert Wu Chronicle, 1997

A close-up look at the strange creatures that have adapted to extreme pressure and darkness in the ocean depths.

j578.777 TayL
The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours.
Goodall, Jane

The author affectionately recalls her years spent studying shimpanzees in Tanzania.

j599.885 Good
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women.
Thimmesh, Catherine. Illus. by Melissa Sweet

Windshield wipers, paper bags, chocolate cookies, Gio-sheet paper and more!

j609.2273 Thim
It's Perfectly Normal.
Harris, Robie H.; Illus. by Michael Emberley

This frank and funny discussion of human sexuality examines puberty, sexual feelings, reproduction, and other topics.

j613.907 Harr
Linnea's Windowsill Garden.
Bjork, Christina; Illus. by Lena Anderson

Linnea tells how to grow a great indoor garden.

j635 Bjor
It's Disgusting-and We Ate It!
Solheim, James; Illus. by Eric Brace

A collection of acts, statistics, poems, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits, both contemporary and historical.

j641.3 SoLh
Honest Pretzels.
Katzen, Mollie

This practical guide takes you through 65 culinary adventures, all vegetarian.

j641.5123 Katz)
Talking with Artists: Volume Three.
Cummings, Pat

Thirteen children's book illustrators talk about what they love to do - namely, create art!

j741.6 TaLk
The Young Basketball Player.
Mullin, Chris

This magazine-glossy, "how-to" book covers history, fundamentals, rules, and equipment. It's part of the Superguides series that features boys and girls in action.

j796.323 MuLL
The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest.
Jenkins, Steve.

Rise to new heights of awareness in this absorbing, illustrated introduction to the lore and lure of the world's tallest mountain.

j796.522 Jenk

Rhythms, Rhymes and Wordplay

Palindromania!
Agee, Jon

It’s fun to play with words that read the same forward and backward, especially since the book is done in comic-strip style. One of a series.

j793.734 Agee
A Poke in the I.
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko; Illus. by Chris Raschka

Words take shape in the thirty concrete poems that make up this stylish collection

j811.008 Poke
Celebrate America in Poetry and Art.
Edited by Nora Panzer

Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs from the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art are teamed with poems to create a vivid and diverse picture of our country.

j811.008 CeLe)
Knock at a Star.
compiled by X. J. and Dorothy M. Kennedy

This anthology introduces and explains poetry in its many forms and moods.

j811.008 Knoc
Falling Up.
Silverstein, Shel.

A third collection of trademark, laugh-out-loud poems and drawings.

j811.54 SiLv
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart.
Williams, Vera B.

Free vese poems and soft pastel pictures show how two sisters comfort each other while their father serves time in jail and their mother works long hours.

j811.54 WiLL
Good Luck Gold and Other Poems.
Wong, Janet S.

Over forty varied poems give insights into the childhood experiences of an Asian American girl.

j811.54 Wong

Once Upon A Time: Folktales

A Ring of Tricksters.
Hamilton, Virginia; Illus. by Barry Moser

Eleven lively tales from Africa, the West Indies, and the African American experience feature Anansi, Brer Rabbit, Wren, Turtle, and Lizard.

j398.2 Hami
Mysterious Tales of Japan.
Martin, Rafe; Illus. by Tatsuro Kiuchi

An entertaining collection of ten tales, each quietly eerie.

j398.2 Myst
Five Heavenly Emperors.
Zhang, Song Nan

Myths from China about the gods, the beginnings of the world, and the first people.

j398.2095 Zhan
Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh-Huh.
Bryan, Ashley

Fourteen traditional tales from many African peoples fill this visually distinguished volume.

j398.2096 Brya
Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale.
Gerson, Mary-Joan; Illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Eight remarkable women are featured in tales representing a variety of Mexico’s rich cultural traditions.

j398.2097
Aesop's Fables.
Pinkney, Jerry.

Lush watercolor paintings enhance and extended sixty one tried-and-true tales and their timeless lessons.

j398.2452

Biography

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.
Kerley, Barbara; Illus. by Brian Selznick

How a lifelong love of animals led a Victorian artist to build the first life-size models of dinosaurs.

j567.9022
Anastasia's Album.
Brewster, Hugh

The youngest daughter of Russia’s last tsar is the spirited subject of this family album-style biography.

jB Anas
Through My Eyes.
Bridges, Ruby

This autobiography recalls the story of one 6-year-old girl who integrated her neighborhood's all-white school.

jB Brid
I've got an Idea!: The Story of Frederick McKinley Jones.
Swanson, Gloria Borseth

A self-taught African American inventor held over sixty patents including some for x-ray technology and mobile refrigeration.

jB Jones
It Came from Ohio: My Life as a Writer.
Stine, R. L.

From the author who brings you thrills, chills, and "goosebumps" - his life story, with photographs.

jB Stin

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night: Mysterious Happenings

Coffin on a Case.
Bunting, Eve

The son of a private investigator, 12-year-old Henry helps a beautiful teenager find her kidnapped mother.

jF Bunt
Tarot Says Beware.
Byars, Betsy

Girl detective Herculeah Jones discovers a body - that of fortune teller Madame Rosa.

jF Byar
I Was a Rat!
Pullman, Philip; Illus. by Kevin Hawkes

What is the mystery behind a ratty little boy who has caused such an uproar in London of old?

jf PuLL
Spyhole Secrets.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatly

Bitter and bereaved, Hallie spies on the family next door after her father's death.

jF Snyd
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander.
Sobol, Donald J.

The ever-popular boy detective solves ten more cases and invites readers to figure out the solutions which can be found at the back of the book.

jF Sobo
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