A while back I did a post about books that people who have enjoyed Dragonkeeper might like to read. As I mentioned at the time, I haven’t read all of them, so I can’t give an opinion about which is the best or anything like that. Recently Maddison asked me which ones weren’t scary, as she doesn’t like scary books. I couldn’t answer that either. What I suggested is that she find a website that is about books for kids.
I know of one, because this particular website is managed by my daughter Lili at the Centre for Youth Literature here in Melbourne. The site is called Inside a Dog. There you will find lists of books, reviews by young people, first chapters to try out. There is also a different writer in residence every month who posts regularly on a blog. The current writer in residence is Michael Pryor, who writes great fantasy books and is one of the creators of the Quentaris series. There is also a forum called Your Say. That is where you could make contact with other young readers who might be able to answer particular questions. Have a browse around it. I found a great list called Life After Harry which lists 100 books that Harry Potter readers might like.
Every year Inside a Dog runs teenage choice awards (the only one in Australia for teens) called the Inkys. Here are this year’s winners.
Inside a Dog is a website for teenagers, and not all books will be suitable for younger readers. In the After Harry list, titles with a Y next to them are suitable for younger readers.