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Subject: looking for age appropriate (middle school)
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:40 PM ET
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I work at a middle school and have been collecting books for donating to the library.

Of course, the "Twilight" series is a popular check out from library right now. I am wondering about of similar series.

Some of the kids are just getting into reading for entertainment for the first time and the librarian want to keep them interested in reading by having new and other series to recommend. So, I am looking for other popular and age appropriate series like "Twilight"

A friend recommended P C Cast "House of Night" series, but I don't know them so I don't know how they are.

Please help me out with info on that series and maybe some other possible series to keep these kids hooked?

Subject: I love middle school!
Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I teach middle school and taught Language arts and reading for years. It is easy to accumulate books kids will love from Scholastic Book clubs. You'll surely receive a flyer or collection of flyers to distribute to the students. When they order you receive points that you can use to collect books for free. It can be an addiction! I have a lot of books for kids using this company!
Date Posted: 4/14/2009 5:12 PM ET
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I agree with scholastic.  My cupboards are overflowing with  books that I get from them.  I donate my hardcover books to my school's library. Some series that come to mind.......

A Series of Unfortnuate Events - books by Lemony Snicket

Artimis Fowel series

The Lightening Thief and the other books by Percy Jackson

Deltora Quest series

Diary of a wimpy kid series

Eragon series

The series with the dragons - The Fire Within being one of the books

This year my kids are really into the RL Stine "Fear Street" type of books and the good ol' Goosebumps series.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 5:30 PM ET
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Darren Shan has two series that are really great, especially for those kids who love a good scary read.  Cirque du Freak and Demonata.  They might also enjoy Margaret Peterson Haddix's series The Shadow Children. Scott Westerfeld has a couple of good series books: Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras make up the first series, then there's Midnighters, which currently has 3 books in the series so far. 

Terry S. - ,
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I'm a Media Assistant at a middle school and in addition to all of the ones mentioned already, these series are popular as well:

Alex Rider adventures by David Horowitz

The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney

Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale

39 clues series by various authors

Vampirates by Jason Sompers

Warriors series (there are several different series within the series) by Erin Hunter

Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Hope this helps,


Terry S. - ,
Subject: More suggestions
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:26 PM ET
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And Manga books and other graphic novel books. But you have to watch which Manga ones you get, we had to pull some after some racy pictures were found in them. And we had bought them at our Scholastic Book Fair....

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 9:18 AM ET
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You guys are GOOD! You've listed SO many!  I'm 39 and so many great books have come out since I was a Tween.

I spent last summer reading tween books to get my  my older girls (12 and 14) more interested in reading. We loved Eragon series, Percy Jackon series. I loved the Prettys, Uglies series but they haven't read 'em yet.  I would also recommend the Shadow Children Series ("Among the...") Margaret Petereson Haddix. Another fun series is the Sisters Grimm


I have read 6 of them. I think 7 is out now. My 14 year old LOVE this series!