Tween Book Buying Guide for the Holidays- Series Books

I love when I can hook kids with a series.  That way, they always know what book they want to read next and can continue reading the series over an extended period of time.  Here are some of the big series in my classroom right now:

The 39 Clues Book 1:The Maze of Bones is the first book in the 39 Clues series. When their favorite Aunt Grace dies, Dan and Amy (along with all their relatives, near and far) are faced with an unusual choice: inherit one million dollars and walk away or join in a dangerous treasure hunt. No pressure or anything- the outcome will only effect all of humanity!

Many of my girls have fallen in love with Worst Enemies/Best Friends, the first book in the Beacon Street Girls series. Focused on four girls in middle school, this realistic fiction series hits all the right notes for my girls- middle school drama, friendship, and ambitious girls!

Within the past few weeks a new series has been making the rounds, one I don’t have on my shelves. I am hearing nothing but raves about Leven Thumps And The Gateway To Foo, the first book in the Leven Thumps series. Somehow, this one slipped under my radar but I have a persistent group of students who are begging me to read this one as soon as I am done my Cybils reading.

I adored Nancy Drew when I was a tween and it thrills me to see that Keene’s books are still popular. Many of my students read and love Nancy Drew, too and can’t believe she has been around since my own mother was a kid!

Finally, the most popular series in my room year in and year out is Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series.  Set in a dystopian society where families are only permitted to have two children, Luke is third child who is forced into hiding.  If he is found, the Population Police can and most likely will have him killed.  Full of suspense, this series hooks even my most dormant readers and has them begging to read the rest of the books!

What are some of your favorite series for middle schoolers?

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3 Responses

  1. My students love to read The City of Bones Series. Also, The Hunger Games. I have also been able to hook them on the book Gone and Hunger. My 14 year old son has been reading the Warriors series for years and still likes to read them. I was just bugging me the other day to go buy him the newest one that just came out…lol. BTW I love reading your blog and it has given me many great ideas.

    Michelle

  2. Michelle Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (the first book being Wolf Brother) is phenomenal. Adults and younger who loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson – for their courage, their friendships, and their willingness to fight evil – will fall in love with Torak and his friend Renn.

  3. Hi, I just wanted to let you know about a brand new book series for tween girls. The first book was just released on November first. The title is UNDERCOVER ANGELS: Kayla’s Big Move. Visit http://www.angeladusenberry.com for details.

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