If you like the Harry Potter books
You may enjoy these titles, if you liked the adventure, suspense
and real-life problems of a teen:
"Un Lun Dun" by China Mieville.
"[Un Lun Dun] is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied
long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book. When
twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance
leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the
ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go
shockingly wrong."--catalog summary
The "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman.
Again, from the juvenile collection, but oh, what a great read! The
series starts with
"The Golden Compass"; which follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and
daemon (a creature who reflects her inner being) as she tries to uncover
the fates of kidnapped children being taken to the top of the world.
"Expiration Date" by Tim Powers.
"The ghosts here aren't malevolent specters but lingering essences of
the dead that are snorted and ingested by spirit junkies for the rush of
memories they yield. When 11-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas becomes
possessed by the ghost of Thomas Alva Edison, a feeding frenzy begins
among West Coast ghost eaters eager to absorb the great inventor's
genius. Kootie's efforts to elude his pursuers eventually dovetail with
electrical engineer Pete Sullivan's quest to prevent his evil stepmother
from eating the ghost of his father and thus covering up her complicity
in his death. Powers builds this world on a wacky foundation of physics
and metaphysics, and he peoples it with eccentrics like Sherman Oaks, a
one-armed ghost hunter who detects his quarry with his phantom limb, and
Nicky Bradfield, a deceased teen celebrity who subsists entirely on
cinnamon candy. Although filled with routine chase sequences, the novel
is a minefield of exploding surprises that will have readers convinced
that the author has tapped into a more magical reality behind everyday
life."-review from Publisher Weekly (Copyright 1995 Cahners Business
"Sabriel" by Garth Nix.
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the
mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of
the Dead. First in a trilogy.
"A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma
returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing
school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see
into the spirit world.
"Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanne Collins.
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into
a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men,
bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by
"Airborn" by Kenneth Oppel.
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails
hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city
to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter
than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers
his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful
creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the
balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may,
in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and