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FAMILY: Post-Potter Reading

By asoglin
Monday, July 23rd, 2007 at 9:40 am in Books.

inkheart book coverHarry Potter’s over — now what?

If you and your progeny spent the weekend polishing off “The Deathly Hallows,” despair not. Plenty of great titles stand ready to delight newly adrift J.K. Rowling fans.

Following are fantastic series and captivating page-turners recommended by local, independent booksellers, any of whom would happily provide more ideas to shoppers who stop by in person. Reading levels vary widely, and these titles are aimed at everyone from elementary schoolers to adults, so be sure to check a few pages to see what you’re getting.

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The Storyteller, Lafayette
Bookseller Melissa Manlove recommends:
* The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, which includes “The Amulet of Samarkand,” “The Golem’s Eye,” and “Ptolemy’s Gate” (middle and high school)
* The Alfred Kropp series by Rick Yancey, which is still being written but so far includes “The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp” and “The Seal of Solomon.” (miuddle and high school)
* The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse) by Rick Riordan (late elementary/middle school)
* Eva Ibbotson, “The Secret of Platform 13” and other fantasies and novels
* Books by Cornelia Funke including “Dragon Rider,” “Inkspell” and “The Thief Lord.”
* The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, including “Sabriel,” “Lirael” and “Abhorsen”
* Older teenagers will enjoy books by Robin McKinley, such as “Dragonhaven” and “Beauty.”
The Storyteller is at 30 Lafayette Circle in Lafayette; call 925-284-3480.

Dark Carnival bookstore, Berkeley

Jack Rems, owner of this specialty “imaginative fiction” store, recommends, “pretty much everything we sell.”
His go-to titles for Potter-lovers include:
* The “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Philip Pullman, which includes “The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass.” (middle school)
* The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, including “Sabriel,” “Lirael” and “Abhorsen” (middle school)
* Erin Hunter’s Warriors series, which includes 12 books in two series, beginning with “Into the Wild”
* “A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback) by George R.R. Martin (high school)
* “Gardens of the Moon” (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vol. 1) by Steven Erikson (adults, older teens)
* “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
* The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin, which begins with “A Wizard of Earthsea” (teens, adults)
* The Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan, which begin with “A Living
Nightmare” (horror for young readers, ages 10 and up)
* The Tales of Otori, which begin wiht “Across the Nightingale Floor,” by Lian Hearn (adults)
* Diana Wynne Jones, “The Chronicles of Chrestomanci” and other books.
Dark Carnival is at 3086 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley, call 510-654-7323
or go to

A Great Good Place for Books, Montclair
Owner Kathleen Caldwell recommends:
* Michelle Paver’s “Spirit Chronicles of Ancient Darkness,” which include Wolf Brother, the Spirit Walker and Soul eater (young adult,12 and up)
* “The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel,” by Michael Scott (young adult, 12 and up)
* “The Navigator,” first in a new series by Eoin McNamee (ages 8-12)
* The “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Philip Pullman, which includes “The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass.” (middle school)
* “The City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, first in the “The Mortal Instruments” trilogy (young adult, 12 and up)
* “The Historian,” by Elisabeth Kostova (adults)
* Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, which begins with “The Eyre Affair.”
A Great Good Place is at 6120 La Salle Ave. in Oakland’s Montclair district; call 510-339-8210 or go to http://

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Owner Michael Barnard recommends:
* Anything by Edward Eager, beginning with “Half Magic” (ages 8-12)
* The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, which begins by the “Fairy Tale Detecticves” (ages 9-12)
* The Rangers’ Apprentice series by John Flanagan, which begins with “The Ruins of Gorlan” (for teens or older tweens)
* “Go Saddle the Sea,” “Bridle the Wind” and “The Teeth of the Gale” by Joan Aiken (for teens)
* “Tithe” and “Ironside” by Holly Black (young adults)
* Anything by Diana Wynne Jones
* Cornelia Funke’s books
* “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke (adults)
* The Tales of Otori, which begin with “Across the Nightingale Floor,” by Lian Hearn (adults)
Rakestraw Books is located at 409 Railroad Avenue in Danville, Call
925-837-7337 or go to
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