Fantastic Books and Where To Find Them

Potterheads rejoiced this weekend with the cinematic release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Written by J.K. Rowling herself, the movie follows the adventures of Newt Scamander as he travels to America, and accidentally releases some of his magical creatures into the streets of New York City. Like the original books, magic and suspense abounds as Newt attempts to track down his beasts with the help of some new friends that he meets along the way.

What better way is there to celebrate the return of everyone’s favourite wizarding world than by revisiting the original stories, or discovering new ones to enchant you!? Check out our list of Fantastic Harry Potter read-alikes for teens below, and click on their title to find them at a branch near you today!

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Half Bad by Sally Green 
In a modern day England where witches live alongside humans, Nathan is an abomination, the son of a white witch and the world’s most notorious and violent black witch. Kept in a cage where he is beaten and shackled, Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down his father Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. Action-packed and compelling, you won’t want to put this book down!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie; Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind the lives around her. Safi and Iseult want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of a Windwitch and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, all of whom want to capture Safi.

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
After a prom-night spell goes badly wrong, witch Sophie Mercer is exiled to an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, supernaturally gifted teenagers, where she learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray 
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. Despite trying to fit into her new school, new visions keep coming, and Gemma discovers that she possesses a magical ability to peer into the spirit world.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

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The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.