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Don't Cry for Me, Harry Potter
In the year 2000, the Harry Potter craze has reached its pinnacle. J.K. Rowling has just released her fourth book in the series, and parents are lining up around the block with their kids to snatch it from the shelves at midnight sales. Librarians hail the craze as a stimulus for reading; moms and dads read with their kids and get hooked, too.
To every silver lining, there is a cloud. When kids are done with the series, the funk sets in: "I'm bored." "When's the next Harry Potter coming out?" "There isn't anything more for me to read!" It's hard for parents to see their kids' newfound enojoyment of reading snuffed out by a lack of literary direction.
Fortunately, the end of the Harry Potter line doesn't mean the end of the line altogether. There are a lot of great fantasy book series for kids out there. With these great series, all it should take is a nudge to move 'em on...
Most of these books are only as far away as bookstores or your local library. If your child is eager for more after a Harry Potter binge, let 'em loose on these series -- they're good for many a cozy winter's day.