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 multi-volume 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 Bad Guys Series

age 7+

Snappy dialogue and irreverent humor in fun graphic novels.

By: Aaron Blabey (2016)
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The Boxcar Children Series

age 7+

Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.

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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series

age 7+

Younger Nancy Drew solves cases in beginning mystery series.

By: Carolyn Keene (2016)
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Precious Ramotswe Series

age 7+

Kind, brave 9-year-old solves fun mysteries in Botswana.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Series

age 7+

A mouse and robot fight evildoers in fun graphic novels.

By: Dav Pilkey (2014)
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The Zack Files Series

age 7+

Silly stories of 10-year-old Zack's improbable adventures.

By: Dan Greenburg (2016)
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The 13-Story Treehouse: The Treehouse Books, Book 1

age 8+

Madcap mayhem perfect for Big Nate fans.

By: Andy Griffiths (2013)
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Amina's Voice, Book 1

age 8+

Beautiful tale of Pakistani American middle-schooler.

By: Hena Khan (2017)
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AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

age 8+

Animal superheroes battle creepy plants in zany sci-fi tale.

By: Jon Scieszka (2019)
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The Baby-Sitters Club Series

age 8+

Fun, updated graphic novel version has deep layers.

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Beetle Boy, Book 1

age 8+

Fun, engaging mystery about a boy and his helpful beetles.

By: M.G. Leonard (2017)
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The Best of Iggy: Iggy, Book 1

age 8+

Funny look at boy whose impulsive ideas get the best of him.

By: Annie Barrows (2020)
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Cape: The League of Secret Heroes, Book 1

age 8+

Tween superheroes battle Nazis, prejudice in exciting story.

By: Kate Hannigan (2019)
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Dragonbreath Series

age 8+

Great banter and adventures for a young dragon and friends.

By: Ursula Vernon (2012)
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Dragons in a Bag, Book 1

age 8+

Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.

By: Zetta Elliott (2018)
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Emily Windsnap Series

age 8+

Mermaid-human girl finds friends, family in fun adventures.

By: Liz Kessler (2012)
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Endling #1: The Last

age 8+

Fast-paced animal fantasy tackles theme of extinction.

By: Katherine Applegate (2018)
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Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess: The Enola Holmes Mysteries, Book 1

age 8+

Teen girl detective is a fun twist on famous family name.

By: Nancy Springer (2007)
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 1

age 8+

Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.

By: Chris Grabenstein (2013)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom: Frazzled, Book 1

age 8+

Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.

By: Booki Vivat (2016)
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