20 Titles to Celebrate 20 Years of Harry Potter

Twenty years ago this September, readers across the country felt the roar of a flying motorcycle, heard the soft cries of a mysterious child, and glimpsed a haughty tabby cat in the company of a strange old man in a robe. If you're anything like us, Harry Potter awakened an appetite you didn't even know you had—one for sprawling tales of magic and adventure and the kind of intricate, imaginative "worldbuilding" that's been imitated many times but very rarely equalled. 

Scholastic is celebrating Harry's anniversary with a gorgeous new set of paperbacks designed by the inimitable Brian Selznick (available for purchase at your favorite West Houston bookstore, FYI). We're getting in on the action this Saturday at 3p.m., with a special anniversary party complete with trivia, costumes, and fun prizes. But perhaps the best way to celebrate Harry Potter is to recreate that special kind of magic you felt when you first read the books. And for that, you need books.

Lucky for you, books happen to be our area of expertise. We've compiled a list of twenty wonderful titles, ranging in age from middle grade to adult, that we think are perfect for Harry Potter fans. Some you've probably heard of. Others, we hope, are brand new. All are magical to one degree or another, and we can personally vouch for every last one. So pick up a couple and try them out—they may not be Harry, but we think they're not too far a cry from the feeling of your very first broom ride. 


 

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

There is magic in the forest that surrounds the Protectorate—magic, witches, monsters and dragons, some good and much evil. To placate an evil witch, every year on the Day of Sacrifice, by the Elders’ decree, the people of the Protectorate leave the village’s youngest baby in the forest to die. The Elders know there is no witch, but the villagers comply unquestioningly and live their lives burdened by sorrow. And every year without anyone’s knowledge, the kindhearted witch Xan rescues those babies, finding new families for them in the Free Cities. One year, Xan accidentally feeds the latest sacrificed baby moonlight, enmagicking this tiny girl. Xian calls her Luna, and raises her as her own in the woods with the help of her trusty friends, a swamp monster and a perfectly tiny dragon. As the years pass, Luna’s untrained magic explodes while Xan’s weakens. Meanwhile, a few villagers have begun to question their customs: a young father resolves to kill the witch to save his own youngest baby and free his village, and Luna’s own mother escapes her prison tower to wreak her own revenge on the witch. But there is an even more menacing force lurking about, and as they all converge in the forest, it will take the most powerful magic of all to overcome evil. Barnhill’s lyrical storytelling, perfect for reading aloud, is sure to cast a spell on readers. Highly recommended for grades 4 and above.
—Jennifer


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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484778173
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

Hundreds of years ago, an ancestor of twelve-year-old Prosper Redding made a deal with the demon Alastor, guaranteeing the family everlasting good fortune, prestige, and wealth in return for eternal servitude. That same ancestor reneged on the contract, and Alastor has been trapped in young Prosper, biding time and gathering strength until he can exact revenge on the Redding family. With no idea whom he can trust, Prosper has less than two weeks to break the family curse.  Betrayals, twists, and turns combine with historical elements and humor to make a deliciously smart read. Best for readers 12 and older.
—Jennifer


Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel, Book 1) (Pandava Series #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368012355
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 27th, 2018

In her middle-grade debut, Chokshi spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel for young readers. Chokshi comes into her own in this novel, reminding readers of the power of language and of stories.
―Kirkus (starred review)


The Mortification of Fovea Munson Cover Image
By Mary Winn Heider, Chi Birmingham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484780541
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

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Skulduggery Pleasant Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780008248789
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Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - May 1st, 2018

She's twelve. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully.

The iconic first book in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.


Story Thieves Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481409209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - December 15th, 2015

This “clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times bestselling series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series.


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The Blackthorn Key Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481446525
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Published: Aladdin - May 3rd, 2016

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex code


The Invention of Hugo Cabret  Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780439813785
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2007

2008 Caldecott Medal winner



The groundbreaking debut novel from bookmaking pioneer, Brian Selznick!



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Dragon's Green (Worldquake #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481497855
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 29th, 2018

“This middle grade series starter is tailor-made for Harry Potter’s fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

For fans of the Land of Stories and the Wings of Fire Series, this first enchanting adventure from acclaimed novelist Scarlett Thomas is set in a wondrous realm where magic most decidedly exists, a growing evil lurks, and a group of children is destined to save t


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.


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Six of Crows Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times–bestselling Six of Crows, Book One of the Six of Crows Duology.


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Caraval Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250095268
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 1st, 2018

The acclaimed New York Times bestseller! Welcome, welcome to CaravalStephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of the unbreakable bond between two sisters. It’s the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world...


Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338032475
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

"Magnificent." -- Holly Black, New York Times Book Review

Come to the crossroads, to the crossroads come


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.


Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past.


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Sky in the Deep (Sky and Sea #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250168450
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 24th, 2018

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book from debut author Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Real Simple • Marie Claire • New York Public Library • LibraryReads • The Skimm &bull


Meddling Kids: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It's filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.” —USA Today
 


We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret


A Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765387479
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Published: Tor Books - March 13th, 2018

Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy.

*Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017*

This edition will include the following special features:

*Full glossary of terms from the entire series
*Q&A between V.E. Schwab and her editor