What Muggles Can Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book August 24, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized – Tags: 2018, children's books, fairy tales, fantasy, librarians, middle grade, PJ Hoover, teen, writing, YA
We wrote a blog post earlier in the week that talked about our recent visit to LeakyCon and the panel we lead titled, “What to Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book.” We split the discussion into two parts, one part was what wizards can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book, the other was what muggles can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book. Today we’re going to be talking about what muggles can read!
The Nathaniel Fluud series by R. L. LaFevers
Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin–the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.
Sometimes being different is good…even if it means having a tail and spikes
Everyone knows the dinosaur gene skips a generation. So it wasn’t a complete surprise when Sawyer sprouted a tail and spikes before he started fifth grade. After all, his grandfather was part stegosaurus.
Despite Principal Mathis’s Zero Tolerance Policy, Sawyer is a bully magnet, befriended only by BFF Elliot and the weird new girl. When the bullies start disappearing, Sawyer is relieved-until he discovers a secret about the principal that’s more shocking than Dino DNA. Now it’s up to the unlikely trio to rescue their tormentors from a galactically horrible fate.
The Elona Holmes series by Nancy Springer
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?
Benjamin is different from other kids—he can read minds and use telekinesis. But it isn’t until he’s sent to summer school on a hidden, underwater continent that he learns the truth. It turns out, Benjamin isn’t really human at all—and the powers he thought made him special, just make him normal. But then the mysterious Emerald Tablet chooses him as its champion and he’s thrust into a mission to save the world.
A Harmless Lie and a Dangerous Spy by Lori Bond
Lady Caroline would rather do anything than marry the man her parents selected, including running away to America. Jerry, Viscount St. David needs help capturing a Russian spy. When Jerry offers Caroline the chance to help him on his mission in return for passage to New York City, she jumps at the chance. However, working in such close quarters leads both Caroline and Jerry to discover feelings neither expected. Will their new relationship lead to a stronger bond or jeopardize their mission?
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn’t know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…