Best Book Series for Tweens

One of the easiest ways to get kids hooked on reading is to get them into a great book series. All it takes is a captivating Book 1, and they're off and running. Fantasy, mystery, science fiction, school stories -- whatever! Some are trilogies, others are multivolume sagas that will keep tween readers hungry to find out what happens after the last cliffhanger. Here's a selection of our all-time favorite kids' book series, with reviews of either the first installment or the whole series. (For even more ideas, check out our lists Best Book Series for Early Readers and 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12.)

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The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
(1942)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
(1986)
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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series Book Poster Image
Younger Nancy Drew solves cases in beginning mystery series.
By Carolyn Keene
(2016)
(2016)
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The Zack Files Series Book Poster Image
Silly stories of 10-year-old Zack's improbable adventures.
By Dan Greenburg
(2016)
(2016)
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The 13-Story Treehouse: The Treehouse Books, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Madcap mayhem perfect for Big Nate fans.
By Andy Griffiths
(2013)
(2013)
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Emily Windsnap Series Book Poster Image
Mermaid-human girl finds friends, family in fun adventures.
By Liz Kessler
(2016)
(2012)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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Little House Series Book Poster Image
Engrossing frontier tales have dated racial attitudes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2017)
(1932)
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series Book Poster Image
Woman finds silly cures for bad behavior in whimsical tales.
By Betty MacDonald
(2016)
(1947)
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The School for Good and Evil, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fractured fairy tale has plenty of twists for fantasy fans.
By Soman Chainani
(2013)
(2013)
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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
By Kazu Kibuishi
(2012)
(2008)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
(2012)
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Artemis Fowl Book 1 Book Poster Image
Witty and exciting series start with irresistible antihero.
By Eoin Colfer
(2014)
(2001)
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Anne of Green Gables Book Poster Image
Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.
By L.M. Montgomery
(2011)
(1908)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
(1999)
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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Fablehaven: Fablehaven Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting but flawed fantasy series launch.
By Brandon Mull
(2007)
(2006)
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Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
One of the best of the post-Potter fantasies.
By Suzanne Collins
(2005)
(2005)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
(2012)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
(2007)
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Septimus Heap Series Book Poster Image
Charming series for kids not ready for big, dark fantasies.
By Angie Sage
(2005)
(2005)
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The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
By Jacqueline West
(2012)
(2010)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
(2005)
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Origami Yoda, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
(2010)
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Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
(2010)
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Warriors Series Book Poster Image
Cat clans mirror human issues in popular series.
By Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland
(2012)
(2003)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
(2012)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
(2012)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(2005)
(1986)
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Return to Exile: The Hunter Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Monster-hunter series too complex for younger fantasy fans.
By E. J. Patten
(2013)
(2011)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons Book Poster Image
Brave heroine faces danger with help of magic and friends.
By Barbara Mariconda
(2012)
(2012)
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The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting ghost-hunter series start is very, very scary.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2013)
(2013)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Powerful depiction of slavery in 1776 New York.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2008)
(2008)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
(2006)
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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
(2012)
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
(2007)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
(1954)
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
(2011)
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The Glass Sentence: The Mapmakers Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dense, complex map tale a treat for seasoned fantasy fans.
By S. E. Grove
(2014)
(2014)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hitchhiker's Guide Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
The acme of British science-fiction humor.
By Douglas Adams
(2005)
(2005)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
(2011)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Novice: Summoner, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teens train with demons for battle in exciting series start.
By Taran Matharu
(2016)
(2015)
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Perfect Ruin: The Internment Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Oddly sweet dystopian mystery marred by out-of-place action.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2013)
(2013)
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Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stalwart tween fights dark forces in deliciously scary read.
By Joseph Delaney
(2012)
(2006)
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The Young Elites, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Taut tale mixes medieval fantasy, mutant powers, great cast.
By Marie Lu
(2014)
(2014)
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