Tween

10 Binge-Worthy Middle Grade Series

by Melissa Taylor

My daughter reads for hours at a time — curled up in her cozy teal chair, That’s every parent’s dream, right? At the moment, she’s on book three of a new favorite series — because there’s nothing better than reading an amazing book and then finding out there are even more books to devour! Well-written, compelling book series like the binge-worthy choices below will keep your kids passionately reading, too.

  • Theodore Boone Series

    by John Grisham

    If you like action and mystery, the seven-book Theodore Boone series provides hours of thrilling adventures with 13-year-old titular character. Despite his young age, Theodore knows the law and uses his burgeoning legal skills to help people in need and solve difficult, often dangerous cases.

  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Series

    by Chris Grabenstein

    My daughter and her classmates, like many tweens, absolutely love the well-written Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series. When a group of students win an overnight stay at the new Mr. Lemoncellos’s Library, they don’t realize that they’ll have to use the library resources to solve complicated puzzles in order to leave.

  • The Last Kids on Earth Series

    by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

    Jack and his buddies are holed up in his tricked-out backyard treehouse after the monster apocalypse turns most of the town into zombies. Despite all this, Jack makes monster and zombie fighting seem like a fun video game. The Last Kids on Earth is a page-turning, humorous adventure series, which currently contains four novels (with a fifth coming out in September) and is soon to be adapted into a Netflix Original series.

  • 5 Worlds Series

    by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun

    They may be just kids, but Oona and her two friends are the only ones who can save the Five Worlds from extinction while fighting against the evil Cobalt Prince and his minions, which unfortunately include Oona’s sister. Stunning graphic illustrations plus an epic hero’s journey make this an irresistible space odyssey.

  • Fenway and Hattie Series

    by Victoria J. Coe

    Fenway, a Jack Russell terrier, narrates humorous yet poignant stories about life with his best friend, Hattie, starting with moving to the suburbs. Animal lovers will delight in Fenway’s unique observations of the world, including his thoughts on an interloper pet bunny, the dreadful Cone of Doom, and a worrisome new friendship that takes all of Hattie’s attention.

  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Series

    by John Flanagan

    Return to the epic Ranger’s Apprentice fantasy world with this new, gripping adventure series featuring a strong female character. Now an adult, Will is a legendary but disillusioned Ranger who is appointed to train the first female Ranger, the rebellious Princess Madelyn. As Madelyn trains to become a skilled Ranger herself, together they’ll investigate a mysterious death linked to dangerous criminals.

  • Girls Who Code Series

    by Stacia Deutsch

    Each book in this entertaining STEM series about an all-female after-school coding club focuses on a different member’s story. The slice-of-life friendship tales are not only filled with relatable real-life issues, but also showcase the girls’ shared interest in computer programming.

  • The Thrifty Guide Series

    by Jonathan W. Stokes, illustrated by David Sossella

    Readers will crack up at these hilariously-written time traveling guides to historical periods such as the Middle Ages, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the American Revolution. Packed with “helpful” tips and recommendations for your visit, you won’t soon forget these periods in history or their many colorful characters.

  • The Unicorn Rescue Society Series

    by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

    What if mythological creatures were real? On a school field trip, Elliot and Uchenna learn that mythical creatures actually are real when they rescue a Jersey Devil and are subsequently inducted into the secretive Unicorn Rescue Society. Bad guys, dragons, world travel, and more makes the Unicorn Rescue Society series a great choice for children who like magic and fantasy books.

  • Jake the Fake Series

    by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight

    When Jake is admitted into the Music & Art Academy with a decidedly lackluster musical talent, he decides that he’ll keep his spot at the school by morphing into a totally weird (and hilarious) persona called “The Dentist.” I mean, who can question an artist and their quirks, right? Even though he might not have musical or artistic talent, one thing is for sure – Jake’s got a clear knack for comedy.