If You Like the Boxcar Children…Try the Muskrat Mysteries by Michael Hutchinson
Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chikadee are known as the Mighty Muskrats, solvers of mysteries. In their first adventure, they must find visiting archaeologist whoe goes missing on the Windy Lake First Nation. However, they also have to deal with local politics when their cousin Denice takes her protests against a mining company to extremes. Hutchinson’s series is a modern take on the mystery serial series, featuring a diverse cast of characters who are sure to capture the hearts of readers. Perfect for fans of the Boxcar Children, but also readers who enjoy Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, and more.
If You Like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott… Try Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a graphic novel retelling of Little Women updated for a modern audience. This means not only setting the story in modern-day New York City and featuring the Marches as a blended family, but also espousing contemporary values. Where Louisa May Alcott’s original novel may be said to have promoted virtues such as humility, hard work, and cheerfulness, Rey Terciero’s re-imagining promotes values of inclusion, diversity, and feminism. In many ways, this feels like the Little Women many readers have wanted all along.
If You Like Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder… Try Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
Prairie Lotus is Linda Sue Park’s response to the popular Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which, though popular, has recently come under fire for depicting racist views towards Native Americans, especially through the character of Laura’s mother. Set in 1880 in the Dakota Territory, Prairie Lotus follows Hanna, a half-Chinese girl, as she attempts to build a life for herself in a new town, even though many of the residents do not welcome her. The book provides a valuable new perspective into a little-told part of history.
If You Like Harry Potter…Try Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Jessica Townsend’s trilogy introduces readers to a wondrous new world full of quirky magic and humor. Readers who are looking for an engrossing adventure, with a hint of mystery, set in a fully-realized fantasy world will want to look no farther.
If You Like Alice in Wonderland…Try Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess
Lily Brown is expecting to spend the weekend completing the list of chores her mother left–but then she finds a tunnel leading from the back of the oven to a strange new world. Who are the Oven Frites? And why do they think Lily’s responsible for their recent grease drought? Can Lily escape their prison and find her way home? This hilarious adventure stars a girl from the city who unexpectedly finds adventure right in her own kitchen. And the book features as message about healthy eating, as well.