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Summer Reading While You Wait til July 8th

        Now, I'm sure you've seen other pages like this, or even if you haven't, it probably seems like there isn't anything good enough to take the place of Harry until the fourth book comes out. But think again, these books are fabulous. I've tried to restrain myself to strictly books that have something to do with magic, sci-fi, and/or fantasy, but no matter what!, they are all good. So, do a Hermione-- read a little!


Juvenile/Young Adult Books

~ Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series; my personal favorites in the series: Many Waters, A Desperate Time, The Arm of the Starfish, though really, they are all good! (Like I would recommend anything that wasn't!)

~ Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, a really cool book about immortality.

~ Roald Dahl's Matilda and The Witches; the first will definetly give the Dursely's a run for their money in the worst family category and the second presents a vastly different though also interesting portrayal of witches.

~ L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series; ok, so these aren't really in the same category as Harry, but Anne has her own special magic!

~ Lois Duncan's teen novels; man are these freaky! Some of the ones that stuck in my memory: Killing Mr. Griffin, Ransom, Locked in Time

~ Gene Stratton Porter's Freckles; this one has a magic that is all its own. Read it find out what poetic prose is really all about.

~ Lois Lowry's The Giver; this book is definitely different, definitely dystopic (look it up...) but cool nonetheless. Number the Stars is also really good!


Adult/Sci Fi Books

~ Frank Herbert's Dune; this is truly a sci-fi epic! Read it-- its one of my favorites.

~ Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon; this is the defining re-telling of the King Arthur legend-- believe me, despite its length, once it's done, you'll be screaming for more!

~ Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series; these are great escapist novels and nice and juicy-- something to really sink one's teeth into. Lots of cool Scottish stuff and time travel. Make sure to check it out!

~ J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; I've only read the first one, but I thought it was really cool and I've heard a lot of good stuff about LOTR (plus it's practically literature!).

~ William Goldman's The Princess Bride; Hey, this book is as good if not better than the movie (which if you have not seen, then you have no idea what you're missing!!). It's funny and fantastic!

~ John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany; this book is a little hard to get into, but definitely worth the journey. It'll give you a feel of magic that almost could be real.

~ Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead; ok, so this one isn't at all in the same category as Harry, but it's still a great book that contains some fascinating ideas...


Now, I don't mean to restrict what anyone can or cannot read by putting the books into two different categories, but a) I wanted it to be easier to know what kind of book it is and where you can find it in your local library and b) I don't want anyone accusing me of encouraging fifth graders to read trashy romances or idealistic epics!

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