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If not Potter, then what? - Great kids' books

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Sabriel
Sabriel
"Garth Nix manages that rarest feat: a fantasy you can totally believe in."
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)
"All the Alex Rider books are brilliant – gripping, fast-moving, always inventive, but never without a bit of tongue-in-cheek, James Bond-style humour."
Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan Book 1)
Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan Book 1)
"Darren Shan is a like a force of nature – so many awesome vampire stories – but I’ve always thought the first book was the best."
Cat Kin
Cat Kin
"A gripping reality-meets-fantasy adventure in which kids learn to develop the powers of cats. Couldn’t put it down."
The Merlin Conspiracy
The Merlin Conspiracy
"Diana Wynne Jones just keeps getting better; this is one of the most involving and captivating of all her novels."
Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer)
Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer)
"‘Shadow…’ is pure entertainment, an amazing idea – repackaging Greek myth for the X-box generation. Beats console games any day."
The Giant Under the Snow
The Giant Under the Snow
"So glad this classic has been re-issued. As haunting as it is exciting, with its creepy ‘leather men’ and not-so-jolly green giant."
Time Bomb
Time Bomb
"A tale of post-war friendship that surprises and shocks right up to the last page. Outstanding."
The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree (Puffin Books)
The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree (Puffin Books)
"One of the great fantasy epic sequences. Of any age, for any age."
The Divide
The Divide
"Deserves to be a modern classic just for its sheer wealth of exotic fantasy creatures and characters."