Sunday, July 28, 2013

Top Ten New Series for Kids

Well, as promised, this week I am giving you my list of my favorite new series.  In some cases only the first book is out and in other cases, you get a taste of the second installment but these are series that hold a lot of promise.  They are the ones I am most excited about and if their future installments are anything like their debut, then all these series should have a long run.

10. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs has turned into one of my son's favorite authors.  Both his Spy School and Belly Up series are full of action and intrigue.  They really are can't put down books for Grades 4-6.  In Spy School our main kid character has been recruited to the CIA's Academy of Espionage, however all is not as it appears.

9. Crogan's Adventures by Chris Schweizer

This series was nominated as the best publication for kids by the Eisner Awards, the Oscars for graphic novels.  If your kids like history with action and adventure thrown in then this series is perfect for them.  The book tells of Crogan's descendants, who appear in many significantly historical times. are quite the prolific characters.

8. Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis

My son has described this series as a cross between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Calvin and Hobbs.  With its deadpan humor and 1,500 lb polar bear your kids will reread this one over and over again.

7. Worst-Case Scenario: Ultimate Adventure

I am cheating a bit with this series since there are already a few out.  These are a remake of the Choose Your Own Adventure books of the past.  Kids learn about Everest, Mars and deep sea diving and they select the way the story will go.  Great for reluctant readers of kids who love adventure.

6. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale

This is one of my favorite new series.  Nathan Hale manages to make history both interesting and entertaining and his graphic novel approach is so well done.

5. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz manages to make the Grimm fairytales both terrifying and hysterically funny all at the same time.  Staying true to the stories roots, he brings in an acerbic narrator who adds levity and perspective to the tales we know so well.

4. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Didn't you ever wonder what our Prince Charmings thought about their role in the well know fairytales?  Well it turns out they aren't too happy with the way they are being portrayed and they are taking steps to change that.

3. The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

This book started out as a stand alone story, but the response was so favorable that Brandon Mull followed it up with an even better sequel!  Magic candy, nefarious magicians and a treasure that could be used for great evil all are the makings for a wonderful series.

2.  Jinx by Sage Blackwood

This book emerged as one of my favorite new novels of 2013.  Jinx is such a likable character and this book has magic, adventure and lots of action.  I can only hope that the next book in the series lives up to this one.

1.  The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

With both the fist and second books out, this series has not missed a beat.  A brash and sarcastic king with a heart of gold is the hero of our story.  The action and suspense in the book make it one you won't be able to put down.

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