Writers are wonderful people. They are compassionate, helpful, sharing kinds of people. And I have the proof:
I was actually looking through my online files for old copies of The Writer’s Digest or The Writer for ideas for a new writers’ blog, when I happened across a years’ old message where someone calling herself the “Provo granny” had asked for mystery series suggestions for a grandson who read at a 4th to 5th grade level. The suggested readings intrigued me too. I’d kept all the suggestions so I could make a reading list of MG books “some day” for myself. These were all posted five or so years ago, so I know this “list” needs to be expanded, but these suggestions still have their merits.
Isn’t it great how so many kids books can live on, and on, and on? Think of some of your old “favorites” ‑‑‑ how many of them are still on the shelves at your local library? Or, better still, on your shelves at home?
KIDS SERIES’ BOOKS TO READ
- Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians ‑ Brandon Sanderson
- Box Car Children
- Chasing Vermeer ‑ Blue Balliett (& The Wright House, The Calder Game
- The Edge Chronicles
- Freddie the Pig ‑ Walter Brooks
- The Gravity Keeper ‑ Micael Reisman
- The Great Brain ‑ John D. Fitzgerald
- Hardy Boys
- The Lucky Series ‑ Dean Hughes
- Mysteries in our National Parks ‑ Gloria Skurzinski & Alane Ferguson (Wolf Stalker & others)
- The Mysterious Benedict Society ‑ Trenton Lee Stewart
- Pendragon series ‑ D. J. MacHale
- Secret Series ‑ Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of This Book is Secret, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, This Book is Not Good for You)
- The Seems ‑ John Hulme & Michael Wexler
- Shadow Children series ‑ Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School ‑ Loouis Sachar
- Skullduggery Pleasant ‑ Derek Landry AKA: The Scepter of the Ancients
- The 39 Clues (starting with The Maze of Bones)
- The Three Investigators ‑ Robert Arther
- The Time Warp Trio ‑ (John Scalzi ‑ U.S. Ambassador of Children’s Lit 2009 ?)
- The Warriors
- Whales on Stilts ‑ M. T. Anderson
- Wolves of Willoughby Chase ‑ Joan Aikin
Thanks to all who sent these to “Provo granny,” and to each other, way back when. In case you lost track of the list, here it is again. This is an interesting, though not necessarily definitive, list. What books would you add to it now? Since I’m not the particular “granny” mentioned, I won’t even restrict you to mysteries. Or to series. How about some of your cherished single-title MG books? What were/are some of your favorites of any MG genre? Which ones have you read over again as an adult. How did they stand up now. PLEASE answer in the comments: we’ll ALL benefit from your suggestions.
Happy Reading ! ! !