With many books readily available it’s hard to pin down what would be the best book series for your middle schooler. Books are an obvious avenue for learning but aside from sentence construction, grammar, speech skills and the like what else can children learn from books?
They can learn a variety of things such as feelings and emotions. They can be given ideas and thoughts to ponder. They can explore their imagination and see glimpses of the possible. Here are some great book series they can read and delve into.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The Twilight series would obviously appear on this list. It has all the makings for an addicting book series. The series has 4 books and it also includes the Midnight Sun, a draft that unfortunately did not progress.
- New Moon
- Breaking Dawn
As you know the series was made into movies which had a huge following. Sadly, towards the end it gained negative reviews.
I enjoyed the book series and even more so the movies. I’m among those who believe that they were both done well and were enjoyable. This series covers many aspects from adolescence to love to heartbreak and is still very much a recommended read.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Written in 1908, the Anne of Green Gables series tells about the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan sent to Prince Edward Island. Her adoptive parents were expecting a boy and were sent a bright, eager and imaginative young girl instead.
Today most books are of a modern telling but this series along with a few more are still able to gain the sympathies and empathy of today’s readers.
- Anne of Green Gables
- Anne of Avonlea
- Anne of the Island
- Anne of Windy Poplars
- Anne’s House of Dreams
- Anne of Ingleside
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
This adventurous spy book series is plenty fun that teen girls will enjoy. The setting is of an academy for girls but is really a school for spies. That alone makes for an intriguing read.
The series has 6 books and covers the story of Cammie Morgan who falls in love with an ordinary boy while living her life of espionage.
- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
- Cross My Heart & Hope To Spy
- Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover
- Only the Good Spy Young
- Out of Sight, Out of Time
- United We Spy
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Who wouldn’t love a fairy tale such as this? When an average girl transforms into a princess she is thrust into a life of responsibilities, etiquette, customs and the occasional ball. My daughter enjoyed the first movie, The Princess Diaries and I’m hoping to get her to read the books as well.
There are 17 books in the series so far and covers Mia Thermopolis’ life from her inception as Princess of Genovia to her latest dilemma of moving beyond the world she has grown to learn and love.
- Vol I: Princess Diaries
- Vol. II: Princess in the Spotlight
- Vol. III: Princess in Love
- Vol. IV: Princess in Waiting
- Vol. IV and a Half: Project Princess
- Vol. V: Princess in Pink
- Vol. VI: Princess in Training
- Vol. VI and a Half: The Princess Present
- Vol. VII: Party Princess
- Vol. VII and a Half: Sweet Sixteen Princess
- Vol. VII and 3/4ths: Valentine Princess
- Vol. VIII: Princess on the Brink
- Vol. IX: Princess Mia
- Vol. X: Forever Princess
The series also includes 3 books from the Princess Lessons which focus on everything you need to know to become a princess.
- Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book
- Perfect Princess: A Princess Diaries Book
- Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It’s impossible NOT to include The Hunger Games in this list. The Dystopian trilogy has created a massive stir in interest.
The books and the movie (so far) have been big hits and with the release of Catching Fire you can expect more interest and hopefully more readers! Katniss’ love story, her challenges and eventually her responsibility not only to her family but to all 12 districts makes for a great story.
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The meaning of beauty has become so convoluted that this book series, Uglies is a nice break from the meaning of beauty we know today.
It’s an interesting plot revolving around a future of girls fighting to keep their natural beauty rather than undergoing a mandatory operation to become beautiful.
Included in the series are:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The story of a pair of jeans that fit 4 different girls and body types is impossible but the writing makes us see beyond that to appreciate the message of the story.
A summer to remember begins when Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget form a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and share the magic that comes with the thrift shop bought pair of jeans.
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
- Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
- Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Although similar to the Hunter Games, the Divergent series has it’s own take on a dystopic future wherein people are grouped by personalities and traits. It’s an interesting concept and has garnered so much interest that a movie has been made.
The much awaited 3rd book, Allegiant will be out in October and plenty of fans (I’m one of them) can’t wait to read it and see what’s next for Tris.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
One of the best book series out there (I’m a Potterhead!), Harry Potter has all the elements to make it a great series. Though the novels can be lengthy, it’s worth the time to read all 7 books.
The adventures of Harry Potter and friends is one of a kind and it’s no wonder it has been named one of the bestselling books on the planet.
The books have spun off into different directions with movies, theme parks, websites and plenty of merchandise. I myself have read the book series 5 times while my son has read it 3 times. Though it follows the story of it’s main character Harry Potter, girls will easily identify with the story.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
I used to read the Little House on the Prairie books and actually still have some in my possession.
The story is of a simpler time and though it may not seem relevant to today’s tweens and teens, it brings back the simplicity of life.
The stories of life then still has an impact and relevance to topics such as school, relationships between siblings, obedience and love of family.
- Little House in the Big Woods
- Farmer Boy
- Little House on the Prairie
- On the Banks of Plum Creek
- By the Shores of Silver Lake
- The Long Winter
- These Happy Golden Years
- Little Town on the Prairie
- The First Four Years
What are your book series suggestions?