Harry Potter Readalikes

>These are books that have similar themes, plots, characters, situations, humour, and/or writing style to those of the Harry Potter books. Brief summaries are provided to help you decide which books most interest you. The list is presented alphabetically by author, with books in a series listed first, followed by single books. Reading Levels (RL) are noted and refer not necessarily to a child's age but to his or her actual reading comprehension and maturity level. To suggest an addition to the list, please contact me.


TONY ABBOTT


LLOYD ALEXANDER (American, 30 Jan 1924 -)


ISABEL ALLENDE


DAVID ALMOND


JANET S. ANDERSON


AVI (aka Edward Irving Wortis, 1937 -)

Avi's Home Page

ROBERT ASPRIN (American, 1946)


LYNNE REID BANKS (British, 1929 - )


CLIVE BARKER (1952 - )


T[om] A. BARRON (American)

The Worlds of T.A. Barron


L[yman] FRANK BAUM (American, 1856 - 1919)


JOHN BELLAIRS (American, 1938 - 1991)

The Complete Bellairs

These series combine horror with fantasy. The writing and plotting are sometimes rough, but the characters and creepy feelings linger!


JAMES BERRY


FRANNY BILLINGSLEY


LUCY MARIA BOSTON (British, 1892 - 1990)


BILL BRITTAIN


TERRY BROOKS (American, 1944 -)


SUSAN BUTLER


KATHRYN CAVE (British )


SUZY MCKEE CHARNAS (American, 1939 - )

On the Web: Suzy McKee Charnas


GRACE CHETWIN (English/American)


RUTH CHEW (American, 8 April 1920 - )

Author has also written several books about benign witches. These books are for younger children.


JAMES C. CHRISTENSEN ( )


JOHN CHRISTOPHER (British, 1922 - )

The Tripods


ANDREW CLEMENTS (American, 29 May 1949 - )


PATRICIA COFFIN

EOIN COLFER (British)


SUZANNE COLLINS


SUSAN COOPER (British/American, 1935 - )


WILLIAM CORLETT (British, 1938 -)


BRUCE COVILLE (American, 1950 - )


HELEN CRESSWELL [ROWE] (British, 1934 - 2005)


JANE LOUISE CURRY (1932 - )


ROALD DAHL (Welsh, 13 Sept 1916 - 1990)


DEBRA DOYLE (American, 1952 - ) AND JOHN D. MACDONALD (American, 1954 - )

On the Web: Doyle/Macdonald Home Page


DIANE DUANE (American, 18 May 1952 - )


GERALD DURRELL (British, 1925 - 1995)


EDWARD EAGER (British, 1911 - 1964)


ALLAN W. ECKERT (American, 1931 - )


PENELOPE FARMER (British, 1939 - )

CATHERINE FISHER (Australian, 1957 - )


SUSAN FLETCHER


MONICA FURLONG (British, 1930 - )


NEIL GAIMAN (British, 1960 - )


RUTH STILES GANNETT (American, 12 August 1923 - )


ALAN GARNER (British, 1934 - )


DEBI GLIORI (Scottish)


ELIZABETH GOUDGE (1900-1984)


NICHOLAS STUART GRAY (British, 1922-1981))


JOHNNY GRUELLE (1880 - 1938)


SARAH HAYES


HOWARD HECKER


MARK HELPRIN (1947 - )


DIANA HENDRY


ODO HIRSCH (pseudonym; Australian, lives London)


SID HITE


ROBIN HOBB (aka Megan Lindholm, American, 1952 - )


ANTHONY HOROWITZ


POLLY HORVATH


EVA IBBOTSON (1925 - ; aka Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner)


BRIAN JACQUES (British, 1939 - )

Redwall Abbey: The Official Redwall Web Site


TOVE JANSSON (Finnish, 1914 -)


DIANA WYNNE JONES (British, 1934 - )

Chrestomanci Castle: The Diana Wynne Jones Homepage


NORTON JUSTER (American, 1929 - )


WELWYN WILTON KATZ (Canadian, 1948 - )


VICTOR KELLEHER (British, 1939 - )


M[arjorie] BRADLEY KELLOGG (1946 - )


CAROL KENDALL (1917 - )


LEONIE KOOIKER (Dutch, 1927 - )


HANNA KRAAN (Dutch, 1946 - )


URSULA K. LE GUIN (American, 21 Oct 1929 - )


TANITH LEE ( - )


MADELEINE L'ENGLE (American, 1918 - )

The Official Madeleine L'Engle Website


C.S. LEWIS (British, 1898 - 1963)

Into the Wardrobe: The C.S. Lewis Web Site


ANNE LINDBERGH (American, 22 June 1906 - 7 Feb 2001)


PATRICIA MACLACHLAN (American)


MARGARET MAHY (New Zealander, 1936 - )


GEORGESS MCHARGUE (American)


PATRICIA A. MCKILLIP (American)


ROBIN MCKINLEY (American)

McKinley's Home Page


L. E. MODESITT, JR. (American, 1943 - )

Recluce, The Unofficial L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Web Site


GERALD MORRIS (American (Wisconsin))


JILL MURPHY (British)


EDITH NESBIT (British, 1858 - 1924)

The Edith Nesbit Society

Nesbit was J.K. Rowling's favourite author as a child.


WILLIAM NICHOLSON (British)


JENNY NIMMO (British, 1942/44? - )


GARTH NIX (Australian, 1963 - )

Garth Nix Website


MARY NORTON (British, 1903-1992)


PAT O'SHEA


MERVYN LAURENCE PEAKE (British, 1911-1968 )

Mervyn Peake.Org / BBC - Gormenghast


PHILIPPA PEARCE (British, 1920 - 21 Dec. 2006)


TAMORA PIERCE (American, 13 December 1954 - )

Tamora Pierce's Web Page


CHARLOTTE POMERANTZ


ELIZABETH MARIE POPE


TERRY PRATCHETT

Terry Pratchett/Discworld Web Site


PHILLIP PULLMAN (British, 19 October 1946)


EMILY RODDA (Australian)


GILLIAN RUBINSTEIN (Australian)


JON SCIESZKA (American)


PAMELA F. SERVICE (American, 1945 - )


JOSEPHA SHERMAN


DODIE SMITH


L[isa] J. SMITH


SHERWOOD SMITH

Sherwood Smith on the Web


LEMONY SNICKET

Lemony Snicket on the Web (and one of the funniest author websites I've ever seen)


ZILPHA KEATLEY SNYDER


S.P. SOMTOW


NANCY C. SPRINGER (1948 -)


MARY STANTON


WILLIAM STEIG


PAUL STEWART


BRAD STRICKLAND

See JOHN BELLAIRS

MARY TANNEN


J[OHN] R[ONALD] R[EUEL] TOLKIEN (British)

Lord of the Rings.Com


P.L. TRAVERS (aka Helen Lyndon Goff, Australian, 1899-1996)


MEGAN WHALEN TURNER

Megan Whalen Turner: Newbery Honor Book Award 1997


JEAN URE (British, 1943 - )


VIVIAN VANDE VELDE


HOLLY WARRINER


SYLVIA WAUGH


KATHRYN WESLEY


T.H. WHITE


BARBARA WILLARD


ELIZABETH WINTHROP

Elizabeth Winthrop Online


PATRICIA C. WREDE (American)


JANNY WURTS


LAURENCE YEP (1948 - )


JANE YOLEN (American, 11 Feb. 1939 - )

Jane Yolen's Official Web Site


MARY FRANCES ZAMBRENO


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