Are you a book lover, or have a book lover in your home? Or are you hoping to make a bookworm out of a more reluctant reader? I’ve stepped out of my historic fiction box lately and found a couple of new middle-grade series that are all about BOOKS. Library adventures, book characters coming to life, the hunt for a famous author, falling into the book’s world…fun fiction adventures to give the kids a mental break between assigned reading.
The Book Scavenger Series. By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
The 12-year-old female main character and her friend have to solve a series of book-related clues to save the life of her favorite author. A fun mystery with at least 3 books in the series so far.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Series. By Chris Grabenstein.
A “great race “adventure through the library, with games, puzzles, and fascinating facts to lead you along. The pacing of this one is particularly good for reluctant readers because there’s a constant series of action to move them along. There are five books in this series.
Page & Co. The Bookwanderers Series. By Anna James.
The 11-year-old female main character is enjoying her grandparent’s bookstore when some of her book characters start coming to life. I particularly like this one because her favorite character that comes to visit is Anne from Anne of Green Gables. (One of my favorites too!)
The Library of Ever. By Zeno Alexander.
This is a very girl-power adventure story that focuses on a light of knowledge vs forces of darkness theme. It is fast-paced for those reluctant readers, and full of fact tidbits that might come up on Jeopardy one day! So far there are two books in the series, but I feel like more are coming.
The Land of Stories Series. By Chris Colfer.
This series is about a set of twins (boy and girl main character) that falls into their book. To get home they have to survive their fairy tales. There are six books in this series.
Please note: These should be reviewed by parents. There are some adult references in them and the last 2 books contain some social/political messaging that parents may want to be prepared to address.
Inkheart Series. By Cornelia Funke.
I have to admit, this older series (2005) is one of my favorites. The books come to life and the readers can change the ending of the story with their own actions. There are a lot of classical literature references and the overall story is just exciting and imaginative. I feel like this one was probably the pre-cursor to some of these other series. Also, the movie Inkheart with Brendan Fraser is pretty good.
Story Thieves Series. By James Riley.
Middle-grade kids hopping in and out of books in the library sounds like fun and games. But their choices impact the end of the story and the fate of the world. There are five books in this series, with both a male and female main character.
Storybound. By Marissa Burt.
This series is only two books, but my reluctant reader got two important points from them. First, she enjoyed the story. That’s always a good thing. But second, it gave her a very fun insight into some of the literary devices she was learning about in school. The book makes use of blatant clichés and predictable plot lines that make those “English class terms” come to life. Right before it turns them all on their head. I, personally, didn’t find this one as exciting as, say, Inkheart. But my reading-challenged kiddo got into it, which makes it a winner.
The Book of Chaos, Starfell Series. By Jessica Renwick.
The main character falls into her book, and has to find her way home to save her family. A good read, particularly for more fantasy-minded readers. There’s a lot of magic in this one.
The Forbidden Library. By Django Wexler.
There’s quite a bit of suspense in this one, for middle-grade fiction. I didn’t see the plot as clearly as I usually do from the beginning. It starts out as a standard “fall into the story” magic library tale, but it’s got quite a few unique elements. There’s a lot of magic and imagination in this one. I’ve only read Book One, but there are four in the series.
Do you have any great book-worm adventure recommendation?
I have a couple reluctant readers and one bookworm in the making. So I spend a lot of time reading and previewing to find good choices for them. Be sure to check out some of our other book lists!