If you like The Series of Unfortunate Events

Here are some other books you may enjoy—some are a bit creepy, some adventurous and a few with orphans and evil relatives!

 

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.

Escaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphaned brothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gang of street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old “Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany.

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

 

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo.

Charlie Bones's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. First in a series.

 

Raven’s Gate (Gatekeepers, book 1) by Anthony Horowitz.

Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.

 

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy, book 1) by Jonathan Stroud.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

Darkness Creeping by Neal Shusterman.

A Collection of twenty short stories, ranging from scary to creeping to just plain strange.

 

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice, book 1) by Joseph Delaney.

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."