Five Finds – What to Read After Percy Jackson

Since I’ve been off work for a while (all rest and no work make Jane a bored girl…), I haven’t had too many reader’s advisory questions come my way, so I’m dipping into the vault for this one. My colleague had a request from a parent for recommendations for a boy who had burned through the Percy Jackson series, and was looking for more action-adventure-mythology series to try. Here are a few series my colleague and I discovered that might just fit the bill for other Percy Jackson enthusiasts. All descriptions have been taken from library catalogs.


The Alchemist / Michael Scott

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Gods of Manhattan / Scott Mebus

Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city’s colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission.

Fablehaven / Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.

The Spook’s Apprentice / Joseph Delaney

First in series about a young boy training to be an exorcist. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins . . . Sometimes bleak, sometimes bloodthirsty, but never boring.

The Ruins of Gorlan / John Flanagan

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

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