I have read several books with very easy to identify with (for me)young characters.
Peter Abrahams - Down the Rabbit Hole
Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant.
I admit I read them by accident as they were classified as mystery or fanatasy.
I doubt I will read Harry Potter, but one never knows.
Me, I avoid books with animals(pets, sidekicks) who rabbit on like two year olds, but each to his own.