I think it is wonderful that J. K. Rowling got young people to read with her Harry Potter series. However, rather than re-reading the same seven books I'd like to see young people move on to sample some other excellent books by notable authors. The books listed first are more appropriate for preteens. If you click on an author name you will be taken either to the person's official website or another appropriate page.
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
The Witch Trade, The Time Witches, and The Wild West Witches.
Herge (a.k.a. Georges Prosper Remi):
The Adventures of Tintin (24 volumes)
Dragon Rider and Thief Lord
Ingraine the Brave
Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath
Sequels: Rise of the Evening Star, and Grip of the Shadow Plague.
Book 4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary will be released on March 24, 2009.
Bridge to Terabithia
The Gammage Cup (One of my favorites when I was young)
The Whisper of Glocken
Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Artemis Fowl Files: A Companion Book, and The Graphic Novel.
The Witch World, The Web of the Witch World, Three against the Witch World, Year of the Unicorn, Warlock of the Witch World, Dragon Scale Silver, Dream Smith, The Toads of Grimmerale, Spider Silk, Sword of Unbelief, and Sarsthor's Bane.
Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind, Gifts, Voices, and Powers.
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Volume I includes Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant; Volume II includes Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, and Mixed Magics.
Howl's Moving Castle
The Lost Years of Merlin Epic - The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Merlin, The Mirror of Merlin, and The Wings of Merlin.
The Adventures of Kate - Heartlight, The Ancient One, and The Merlin Effect.
The Great Tree of Avalon Trilogy - Child of the Dark Prophecy, Shadows on the Stars, and The Eternal Flame.
Merlin's Dragon Trilogy - Merlin's Dragon Basilgarrad
Protector of the Small Series - First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight
The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd
The Neverending Story
Night of Wishes
A Walk in the Wolf Wood
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Story of King Arthur and His Knights - There are several collections of stories about King Arthur.
Chronicles of Narnia - The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.
The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce.
His Dark Materials - The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
Maximum Ride Series - The Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, and The Final Warning.
Anne McCaffrey: (a.k.a. AnneGeddes)
Dragonsong Trilogy - Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.
The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, and The Fire Eternal.
Dragonspell, Dragon Quest, Dragon Knight, Dragon Fire, and Dragon Light.
Dragon's Winter and Dragon's Treasure.
Age of Fire Series - Dragon Champion, Dragon Avenger, and Dragon Outcast.
Redwall Series - Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, and High Rhulain.
Twilight - Bella has moved from sunny Phoenix to Forks, Washington where the sun is rarely seen. She is intrigued by Edward and his family and eventually discovers their secret. They are all vampires. Bella is desperately in love with Edward.
Sequels: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. A fifth book will be written from Edward's perspective.
Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret
Phantastes and At the Back of the North Wind
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (The sequel, Sphereland is by Dionys Burger. It is possible to purchase both in one volume.)
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, and The Return of the King; Silmarillion; also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Pendragon Series - Merchant of Death, The Lost City of Faar, The Never War, The Reality Bug, Blackwater, The Rivers of Zadaa, The Quillan Games, The Pilgrims of Rayne, and Raven Rise.
In the first book, Eragon, a young man finds a mysterious blue stone in the forested mountains above his home in Alagaesia. Along with his blue dragon, Saphira, Eragon is stumbling about because things are happening to him which he does not understand. His inner goodness and common sense enable him to muddle through and he has some help from a couple of humans and some dwarfs. In the second book, Eldest, the dwarfs, elves, humans, Eragon, and Saphira have joined forces against evil. Eragon and Saphira have begun training to understand and improve their skills. A new, red dragon makes an appearance. I've been told that in the third book a golden dragon will appear. It has just been announced that the third book, Brisingr, will be available on September 20, 2008. Originally planned as a trilogy, Paolini has recently decided that there will be four books in his Inheritance Cycle.
Storms of Vengeance is John's first novel and I've been told that it is part of a series of 8 to 10 books. There is a murder mystery to be solved. Who did it and why? There is a mythical Lorradda Stone to locate. There are three parallel stories as we follow the actions of three different groups of people. There are also some ogres, two elves, several sorcerers, a troll, and one very impressive river monster. The book ends with a cliff hanger. One reason that young people gave for liking Harry Potter was the detail in the stories. They will find plenty of detail here as well. The title of the second book in the series will be The Hunter and the Marked.
There are three stories in Volume I of The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit.Volume II of The Belgariad has two stories: Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters' End Gambit. If you are looking for grand adventure and plenty of detail it is here. Some may object to the slow progression and limited action of this tale. A sorcerer and his daughter, a sorceress, have gathered together a group of individuals to fight evil. It seems that the particular make-up for this group is necessary based upon an ancient prophecy. The group includes: the Nimble Thief, the Man with Two Lives, the Blind Man, the Dreadful Bear, the Knight Protector, the Horse Lord, the Bowman, the Queen of the World, and the Mother of the Race that Died. A young boy named Garion, who was raised by his Aunt Pol, is caught up in all of this, though he doesn't know why. But then, is she really his Aunt? There is so much detail that I have not as yet confirmed there are no mistakes in the mapping of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed The Belgariad and look forward to reading the sequel, The Mallorean.
The Mallorean Volume I: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, and Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
The Mallorean Volume II: Sorceress of Darshive and The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings
Polgara, the Sorceress by David Eddings
Belgarath, the Sorcerer by David Eddings
The Wee Free Men - The first Tiffany Aching novel.
A Hatful of Sky - The second Tiffany Aching novel.
Wintersmith - The third Tiffany Aching novel.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Other books in the Discworld Series - The Colour of Magic, Witches Abroad, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Thief of Time, Small Gods, and Mort.
Dragonlance Chronicles - Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning, and Dragons of Summer Flame.
Dragonlance Legends Trilogy - Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, and Test of the Twins.
Bartimaeus Trilogy - The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate.
Though Asimov is usually thought of as a science fiction writer, Magic is a collection of his fantasy short stories.
The Dresden Files - Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Knight, and Small Favor.
The Sword of Shanarra, The Elfstones of Shanarra, and The Wishsong of Shanarra.
The Mage Winds Trilogy - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, and Winds of Fury.
Velgarth Series - Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief, Arrors of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall
Diana Tregarde Trilogy - Burning Water, Children of the Night, and Jinx High.
The First Chronicles of Amber - Nine Princes in Amber, The Guns of Avalon, Sign of the Unicorn, The Hand of Oberon, and The Courts of Chaos.
The Second Chronicles of Amber - Trumps of Doom, Blood of Amber, Sign of Chaos, Knight of Shadows, and Prince of Chaos.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Waylander and In the Realm of the Wolf
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Gemma Doyle grew up in India, but after the death of her mother the 16 year old is sent to Spence Academy in London. It is the Victorian Age and these young ladies are being trained for their future roles as wives to men they may not want to marry. As so many have experienced, initially she is an unwelcome outsider. Eventually, she makes friends with three girls and together they explore Gemma's supernatural powers and a group known as the Order.
Sequels: Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing
Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master
The Riftwar Saga - Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon.
Krondor's Sons -Prince of the Blood, The King's Bucaneer.
Serpent War Saga - Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown.
Riftwar Legacy - Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, Krondor: Tear of the Gods.
Honored Enemy: Legends of the Riftwar
Conclave of Shadows Saga - Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, Exile's Return.
Dark War Saga - Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, Wrath of a Mad God.
Raymond E. Fiest and Janny Wurts:
Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire.
Runelords - The Sum of All Men, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Sons of the Oak, and Worldbinder.
Odd Thomas Series - Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, and Odd Hours.
Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.
Liveship Traders Trilogy - Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, and Ship of Destiny
Soldier Son Series - Shaman's Crossing, Forest Mage, and Renegade's Magic
The Riddlemaster of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind, Riddle Master's Game, and Riddle of Stars.
Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
A Song of Fire and Ice Saga - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance of Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.
Annals of The Black Company Series - The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose, The Silver Spike, Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, Bleak Seasons, She is the Darkness, Water Sleeps, and Soldiers Live.
Malazan Book of the Fallen Saga - Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bone Hunters, Reaper's Gate, and Toll the Hounds.
Prince of Nothing Trilogy - The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought.
The Forever War
The Wizard Knight Series - The Wizard and The Knight
The Wheel of Time Saga - The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, The Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, and Knife of Dreams.
A Memory of Light - The twelfth and last novel in this series will be completed by Brandon Sanderson since Robert Jordan passed away on September 16, 2007.
Xanth Series - A Spell for Chameleon; The Source of Magic; Castle Roogna; Centaur Aisle; Ogre, Ogre; Night Mare; Dragon on a Pedestal; Crewel Lye; Golem in the Gears; Vale of the Vole; Heaven Cent; Man from Mundania; and Isle of View.
The Sword in the Stone and The Once and Future King
John Steinbeck (for older readers):
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through.
Swords of Truth Series (For Adults) - Wizards First Rule, Stone of Tears, Blood of the Fold, Temple of the Winds, Soul of the Fire, Faith of the Fallen, Pillars of Creation, Naked Empire, Chainfire, Phantom, and Confessor.
Anne McCaffrey: (a.k.a. Anne Geddes)
Dragonriders of Pern Series - Dragonflight (1968; first section derived from Weyr Search), Dragonquest (1970), A Time When (1975; became the first part The White Dragon), The White Dragon (1978), Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (1983), Nerilka's Story (1986), Dragonsdawn (1988), The Renegades of Pern (1989), All the Weyrs of Pern (1991), The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (1993), The Dolphins of Pern (1994), The Girl Who Heard Dragons (1994), Red Star Rising: Second Chronicles of Pern (1996), The Masterharper of Pern (1998), The Skies of Pern (2001), A Gift of Dragons (2002) and Dragon's Kin (2003; with her son Todd McCaffrey).
The Crystal Singer Series - Crystal Singer (1982), Killashandra (1986), and Crystal Line (1992).
The Abyss Walker Series - A Prisoner's Welcome, The Breach of Crowns, and Of Orcs and Generals.
Myth Adventure Series
Abhorsen Series - Sabriel, Lirael, and Anhorsen.
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series - The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage
'mancer Series - Pyromancer, Aquamancer, Geomancer, Aeromancer, and Marbleheart.
Dragon Series - Dragon Companion, Dragon Rescue, and Dragon Tempest