After the last Harry Potter book, every reader of that style and ilk were left jonesing. RevolutionSF staff writer Deanna Toxopeus reveals there are plenty of options to ease our need for fantasy, sci-fi, and adventurey stuff.
Here is the master list of After Harry profiles so far. So we don't have to do something crazy like not read.
For her 16th birthday, Solange has her first transformation into a vampire to look forward to. Some girls just can't catch a break.
"It's like the movie Running Man. Ask your parents."
"Your students will love you!"
"Think Monty Python
, but aimed at kids."
"I'm not saying that tweens are self-centered. Well, OK, I am."
"This book is funny, silly, and a very good ride."
"English teachers will find the beginning of a thousand writing assignments in the pages of this book."
Also includes Ella Enchanted.
"There is still enough silliness so that the boys in the audience will not mind the romance so much."
"Kiriel is a fallen angel tired of supervising the condemned souls in Hell, which is really not as exciting as you think."
Books by Jeanne DePrau, Kit Pearson, and Joanne Harris. City of Ember
is a "gripping post-apocalypse story." Runemarks
is an "amazing fantasy story based on Norse mythology."
Books by Scott Westerfield, Carol Matas, and Eoin Colfer. Uglies
has more dystopia. The Freak
stars a psychic girl who gets her power after "meeting-her-granddad kind of nearly dying." Artemis Fowl stars the son of a criminal mastermind, a fairie, and a centaur.
Deanna says, "Having a dragon to ride, not to mention blow fire at people you don't like, is every kid's dream."
In Spiderwick Chronicles, kids anger a brownie, "the fairy, not the little girl delivering cookies."
Books by Kenneth Oppel, Tamora Pierce, and Janet McNaughton. Airborne
is a "youth steampunk adventure." And it has blimps, which are always good things.
Books by Isabel Allende, Nancy Farmer, and Margaret Peterson Haddix. Among the Hidden
is a "believable dystopia." The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm
has a trio of detectives who must thwart the She-Elephant.
One of the good things about His Dark Materials
, according to Deanna: "There are armored polar bears that talk and fight." And there's "snarky goodness" in the Bartamaeus