Between Potter Pages?

Eric Rohmann's illustration for the cover of
Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy is a popular choice for Potter fans. (Eric Rohmann - Courtesy Random House)
By Erin Hartigan Staff Writer
Monday, July 11, 2005; 10:30 AM

In the lazy days of summer, it's nice to laze around with some good books. For those who are eagerly awaiting Harry Potter or for those who will be desperate to fill the void after they have finished volume six, here is a list of great books. Some are old favorites, some are new to the bookshelves. They span a range of difficulty and length, but they are all imaginative and enthralling reads.

"Abarat" by Clive Barker

"Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer

The Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Charlie Bone Series by Jenny Nimmo

"The Chronicles of Chrestomanci" by Diana Wynne Jones

The "Dark Is Rising" Sequence by Susan Cooper

"Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke

"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

"Eragon" and the upcoming "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini

"Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie

"The Headless Cupid" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

"His Dark Materials" Trilogy by Philip Pullman

"Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones

"Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke

"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke

"Keys to the Kingdom" by Garth Nix

"The Meq" by Steve Cash

"Protector of the Small" Series by Tamora Pierce

The "Redwall" series by Brian Jacques

The Sally Lockhart Trilogy by Philip Pullman

"The Secret of Platform 13" by Eva Ibbotson

The "Song of the Lioness" Series by Tamora Pierce

"The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner

"The Tower of Ravens" by Kate Forsyth

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