Sunday, July 21, 2013

Top Ten Middle Grade Series

With summer in full swing, I thought I would post my favorite book series for kids in grades 4-6.  I have chosen to focus on established series that have at least a trilogy of books, since the terrific thing about summer is being able to follow a story from book one all the way to (in some cases) book thirteen   I hope they inspire your kids to read, because summer is a perfect time to kick back with a great story.

It wasn't easy to pick ten, but I felt these were quality books that had the most universal appeal and were good summer reads.  I also decided not to include the most well known series such as Harry Potter or The Lightning Thief because, well, you already know those don't you?

In the upcoming weeks I will provide my list of best new series, because there are some great things out there!  But sadly any resolution to those new series may still be years away!

So without further ado:

10. The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch.

All the kids I know can't get enough of this series.  The first page declares "Do not read beyond this page!"  Oh come on, who can resist that?

9. Genius Files by Dan Gutman.

Dan Gutman is one of those tried and true children's authors who never dissapoints.  This series happens to occur over summer vacation, making it the perfect summer read.

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

This is one of those series that has been out of the limelight the last few years.  I had forgotten how great it was until my daughter found our old copies and was hooked.  These books are still great fun!

7. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

This series is wonderful for the thinking child who likes puzzles.  In fact the book starts off with an ad asking "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

6.  The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle

These are wonderful girl books that take a fun and real view of growing up.  Winnie is endearing and authentic enough to appeal to kids.

5. Charlie Joe Jackson by Tommy Greenwald

These books have been my go to for the relectant readers for the last two years.  Tommy Greenwald has three boys and he knows how to write to his audience.

4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

This is good old fashioned storytelling, with modern sensabilities at its best.  A series about four sisters which will feel nostalgic but never out of date.

3. Book of Embers by Jeanne DuPrau

For kids who like distopian fiction but may be too young for Maze Runner or Hunger Games, The Book of Embers fills a wonderful niche.  This series will make your kids think.

2.The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

This series was created before retelling Grimm fairytales was in vogue.  Buckley is a great storyteller and kids will never look at fairytales the same way again.

1. Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

This series just ended its run last year so kids will be able to take the story to its final conclusion.  These books are well written, move at a good pace and are full of adventure.

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