If you like Harry Potter...
Jenny Nimmo's 'Children of the Red King' Series Charlie Bone has just discovered he is "endowed" with a supernatural gift. He is sent to Bloors Academy for the specially gifted…sound familiar? Start reading this series with ‘Midnight for Charlie Bone’.
Angie Sage's 'Septimus Heap' Series
These books have all the magic and wizardry of the Harry Potter books. They also have diverse and interesting characters, page-turning action and they’re funny too. Start reading this series with 'Magyk'.
Derek Landy's 'Skulduggery Pleasant' Series
Skulduggery Pleasant is a wise-cracking detective who is also a skeleton! Enter a world of trolls, evil wizards and vampires as Skulduggery and Stephanie solve supernatural mysteries and try not to get themselves killed. In Skullduggery’s case it’s lucky he’s already dead! Suitable for older children and young teens.
Tony diTerlizzi and Holly Black's 'The Spiderwick Chronicles'
Starting with 'The Field Guide' read these books to discover the good, the bad and the just plain ugly supernatural beings described in 'Arthur Spiderwicks Field Guide'. After you've read the five books in the first series, there is 'Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles' too.
Christopher Paolini's 'Inheritance' Series
Elves, dwarves, dragons and more in this high adventure fantasy series started when the author was just 15 years old. Start reading this series with 'Eragon'.
If you like Roald Dahl...
Philip Ardagh's 'Eddie Dickens' Books
Our hero is Eddie Dickens whose parents have both caught a nasty disease that means they have turned a peculiar shade of yellow, gone crinkly round the edges and smell of hot water bottles, cue a visit to Mad Uncle Jack and even madder Aunt Maud!
Eoin Colfer's 'Artemis Fowl' Series
Hilariously funny, this action/fantasy series features pistol packing elves and an evil child genius.
Lemony Snicket's 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'
The inventive Baudelaire orphans (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) are constantly hounded for their money by the evil Count Olaf. These books are dark, sometimes scary, but always hilarious.
Jeff Kinney's 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' Books
The diaries and cartoons of Greg Heffley are a funny insight into his world at school, at home and at play.
Anthony Horowitz's 'Diamond Brothers' Books
Fun and adventure with the hapless Diamond Brothers Detective Agency!
If you like Daisy Meadows...
Kelly McKain's 'The Fairy House' Series
Kelly McKain also writes the very popular 'Totally Lucy' books.
Wendy Harmer's 'Pearlie' Books
Written by Australian comedienne Wendy Harmer, these books feature Pearlie the fairy in loads of crazy adventures.
The 'Go Girl' Books
This series for girls only!
Vivian French's 'The Tiara Club' Series
Princesses, boarding schools and magic. All the elements of fantastic first chapter books for girls!
Sue Bentley's 'Magic Kitten', 'Magic Puppy' and 'Magic Ponies' Books
What’s better than animal stories? Magical animal stories!
If you like the Go Girls books...
Meg Cabot's 'Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls' Series
From the author of The Princess Diaries. Allie Finkle has a rule for everything and these rules help her cope with all the craziness of her life, from moving house to starting a new school.
Kelly McKain's 'Totally Lucy' Series
Lucy wants to be a fashion designer. Follow her and her friends through parent troubles, best friend dilemmas and secret crushes. So super stylish!
Jacqueline Wilson's Books
Friends, siblings, parents, problems!
Cathy Cassidy's Books
Same as above!
Jim Benton's Dear Dumb Diary' Series
This is middle schooler Jamie Kelly's diary of embarrassments, annoyances and hilarity.
If you like Goosebumps books...
Anthony Horowitz's 'Horowitz Horror' Books
Scary stuff from the author of the Alex Rider books
Tommy Donbavand's 'Scream Street' Books
If you like books about mummies, vampires or zombies, these books are for you!
Knife And Packer's 'Freak Street' Books
More funny than scary really!
The Beastly Boys 'An Awfully Beastly Business' Books
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (or RSPCB for short) ensures that unusual and misunderstood beasts, like trolls, are kept safe.
Neil Gaiman's Books
Try 'Coraline' or for older readers 'The Graveyard' book.