Best Book Series

What's better than one book to love? A whole series of books! Kids and teens can follow the characters on episodic adventures -- whether they're venturing out on exciting quests or staying closer to home -- and fully immerse themselves in their stories. From the Magic Tree House to the Hunger Games series, here are some of our all-time favorites for kids and teens, with reviews of the first installments or, in some cases, the whole series. Don't forget to check out our Best Book Series for Early Readers list!

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Supportive family helps girly girl shine.
By Jane O'Connor
(2006)
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Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
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Ideal summer read for the middle elementary crowd.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
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Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
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Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
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Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.
By Barbara Park
(2012)
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Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
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Loving stories of a large Jewish family in 1915 New York.
By Sydney Taylor
(2016)
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Classic, cute series about Sherlock-like mouse sleuth.
By Eve Titus
(2016)
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The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
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Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
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Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
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Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
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Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
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Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2015)
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Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
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Woman finds silly cures for bad behavior in whimsical tales.
By Betty MacDonald
(2016)
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Plot twists in beloved fairy tales make spirited stories.
By Sarah Mlynowski
(2015)
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Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro.
By Brandon Mull
(2013)
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A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
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Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
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Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
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Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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Boy uses brains, heart, and friends to stand up to bullies.
By Frank Cammuso
(2016)
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Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
By Jacqueline West
(2012)
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Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
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Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
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Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
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Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
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Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
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Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(2005)
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Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
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Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
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Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.
By Brandon Mull
(2011)
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Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2010)
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Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
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Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
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Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
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Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
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Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
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Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
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September goes on a moon mission in compelling installment.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2013)
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Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
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Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
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Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
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Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
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Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
By Laini Taylor
(2011)
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