Best Book Series

One of the great joys of reading is discovering a book series you love. As you follow the characters on their adventures -- whether they're venturing out on exciting quests or staying closer to home -- you feel like you're spending time with true friends. Here are some of our all-time favorite series for kids and teens, with reviews of the first installments or, in some cases, the whole series. 

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4
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Supportive family helps girly girl shine.
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By Jane O'Connor
(2006)
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4
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Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
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By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
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6
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Ideal summer read for the middle elementary crowd.
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By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
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6
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A sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
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By Annie Barrows
(2007)
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6
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Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
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By Megan McDonald
(2004)
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6
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Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.
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By Barbara Park
(2012)
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6
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Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
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By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
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7
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The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
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By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
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7
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Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
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By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
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7
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Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
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By Joanna Cole
(2012)
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7
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Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
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By Tony Abbott
(2012)
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8
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Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
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By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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8
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Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
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By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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8
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Classic Narnia chronicle has Christian themes.
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By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
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8
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Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro.
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By Brandon Mull
(2013)
AGE
9
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A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
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9
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Milder than Wimpy Kid, and a sure hit with boys.
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By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
AGE
9
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Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
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By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
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9
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Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
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By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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9
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Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
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By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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9
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Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
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By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
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9
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Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
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By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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9
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Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
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By Jacqueline West
(2012)
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9
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Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.
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By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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9
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Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
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By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
AGE
9
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Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
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By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
AGE
9
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Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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9
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Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
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By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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10
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Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
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By Michael Scott
(2007)
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10
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Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
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By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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10
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Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
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By John Flanagan
(2011)
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10
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Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
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By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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10
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Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
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By Brian Jacques
(2005)
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10
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Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
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By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
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10
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Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.
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By Brandon Mull
(2011)
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11
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Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.
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By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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11
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1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
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By John Flanagan
(2010)
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11
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Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
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By John Grisham
(2011)
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12
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Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
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By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
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12
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Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
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By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
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12
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Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
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By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
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12
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Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
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By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
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12
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Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
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By Rae Carson
(2011)
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12
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September goes on a moon mission in compelling installment.
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By Catherynne M. Valente
(2013)
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12
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Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
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By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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12
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Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
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By Ann Brashares
(2003)
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13
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Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
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By Veronica Roth
(2011)
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13
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Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
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By Ally Condie
(2011)
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14
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Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
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By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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14
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Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
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By Laini Taylor
(2011)