Request

I have a former student who is looking for new book ideas. He’s a big fantasy fan: Harry Potter, Maximum Ride by James Patterson, Artemis Fowl. This is not my genre, but if anyone has ideas for similar books that would be a little more challenging, I would appreciate it.

Jillian

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  1. allison

    Jillian,
    I got a heads up from some of my YMCA teen clubbers about fantasy books yesterday. It was quite the coincidence. I was asking them about the books they like to read and I think your student would be interested in their suggestions. Go to amazon and type in “Pendragon” and “Deltora.” They are the titles of series, I believe. I don’t know too much about them because it’s not my genre either. Hope that helps!

    Allison

  2. sofiapenna

    Just a quick thought…..has your student also checked out the Lemony Snicket books on the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans???? I believe there are about twelve books in the series, all subtitled “A Series of Unfortunate Events”……check it out! -Sofia

  3. jmdegan

    When I was an undergrad, my brother gave me a book called GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin. It’s a fantasy novel loosely based on the Wars of the Roses. It’s interesting because it presents a more realistic picture of medieval life, and has a pretty complicated plot line that’s developed in later novels. I haven’t read the last one, and I don’t know if the series is finished. If he’s looking for a more “adult” fantasy novel, I would recommend this. Also, T. H. White’s THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING is one of my favorites from when I was a teenager.

    J. Degan

  4. mandygrl101

    Jillian: I don’t know how old your former student is, but a friend of mine recommended Diana Gabalon’s Outlander series. I haven’t read it yet, but from what I have heard, it is very historical, but also deals with time traveling. It is also a long series, so if your student reads the first one and likes it, I think there are a total of 5 books.

  5. mandygrl101

    Jillian: There was an article in my Sunday paper that’s titled “Other Books for the fans of Potter.” Here are the suggestions: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, which is about an orphan girl at college who helps solve the mysterious disappearances of her peers (I read several works by him and I loved them!!). Another is entitled Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, which is about a 12 year old Irish boy who is the “greatest criminal mastermind in the world”, and finds a way to steal from fairy people. Another is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, which is an Alice in Wonderland like story, with some unusual twists. Hope these help!

  6. jmdegan

    This might be a little under the student’s age level, but I just saw that there is a film adaptation of THE DARK IS RISING. I read this book in 5th or 6th grade, and I remember loving it. It’s been a long time, so I don’t know what kind of reading level we’re talking about.

    J. Degan

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