Action-Packed Adventures for Fans of The Last Kids on Earth
by Dena McMurdie
The Last Kids on Earth is one of the most popular book series for middle grade readers, and it’s no surprise why. The series contains eight (and counting!) books about a group of kids fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. With comic book-style illustrations on every page, action-packed sequences, and laugh-out-loud humor, it’s easy to see why kids love these books.
Here are some excellent next-reads to have on hand for when your child inevitably devours every title in the series.
The Last Comics on Earth
Series superfans will love this spin-off book! The characters from The Last Kids on Earth find out their favorite comic has ended and work together to reboot it. Making themselves the heroes of their comic, they set off on a dangerous, art-filled adventure that will keep kids glued to the page.
(On sale: 4/25/2023)
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Robots, aliens, and quirky humor make this full-color graphic novel the perfect next read for The Last Kids on Earth series fans! When a boy named Hilo crashes to earth, best friends D.J. and Gina get pulled into an otherworldly disaster. Whether they’re fending off evil space robots, jumping through time, or saving the world (again), these characters will have your kid rolling with laughter.
Futureland: Battle for the Park
Cam lives with his parents in their magical theme park that brings your wildest dreams to life. But when a series of unfortunate incidents plague the park’s opening in Atlanta, Cam suspects someone is sabotaging his family. With the help of two new friends, Cam sets out to stop the culprit. Young readers will love this action-packed, high-tech adventure!
Minecraft: The Island
A world with no rules, a fight for survival, plenty of action, and a bunch of belly laughs await inside this official Minecraft novel. Readers will immerse themselves in this strange, blocky world and struggle to survive on a deserted island. From finding food to dodging zombies, fans of The Last Kids on Earth series will love every page of this exciting adventure! The fun continues in the sequel, Minecraft: The Mountain.
Alien Summer #1
While Viv and her friends are visiting her mom’s office in Area 51, a group of aliens get loose! Now, the kids must save the day — using the latest high-tech gadgets, of course. Humor, action, and friendship make this an excellent pick for kids who enjoy save-the-world plots.
Doom's Day Camp
In a post-apocalyptic world where everyone has a superpower, Doom Thorax’s only unique ability is reading. So, when all the adults run off to tackle an imminent threat, Doom must put his book smarts to the test, unite the misfits, and survive until the grown-ups come back. This hilarious graphic novel combines themes of friendship and survival into an unputdownable read!
Strap yourself in because this novel has more twists and turns than a pretzel! When rain delivers the seeds of toxic, carnivorous plants to the earth, chaos erupts. But three teens are immune to the plants and must figure out why — and how to stop them — before it rains again. The breathtaking suspense will keep kids reading well past their bedtime!
Map of Flames (The Forgotten Five, Book 1)
Kids who devoured the Unwanteds series, will be excited to read another dystopian fantasy novel from the same author. Five supernatural kids must re-enter society after living their entire lives in isolation. But the world is hostile toward supernaturals, making their quest to deliver a map to a long-lost parent almost impossible.
Pacey Packer: Unicorn Tracker Book 1
The Last Kids on Earth meets The Chronicles of Narnia in this hilarious graphic novel series! It’s about a girl named Pacey who follows her little sister and a grumpy, stuffed unicorn through a magic portal to unicorn land. Instead of a happy, magical land full of butterflies and rainbows, Pacey finds a harsh kingdom filled with venomous flowers, evil unicorn overlords, and no clear way home.