A good friend of mine recommended that I read the Fablehaven series. She said it wasn't as well written as Harry Potter, but that she enjoyed reading it just as much as Harry Potter. I read the first book, and am about 100 pages into the second, and I'm going to have to say that while I throughly enjoy the series so far, it is nowhere NEAR Harry Potter. Not even a little bit.
Still, I love this new world that was created. I find the two main characters witty and hilarious! For me, this series has become a perfect, fantastic escape from everyday life. They are also super easy reads. Because they don't take huge amounts of brain power, I've found these books are great after I come home from work and want to unwind. Way better than the crap on T.V. you know? I both LOVED the Hunger Games series, and felt beat up by the end of them, so these adorable Fablehaven books have healed my gaping Panem wounds.
So, I would recommend this book if you want a 5th grade level read with funny characters and a fantasy plot.
It's been delightful so far :)