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our picks!:  favorite series from the book clubs, part II

Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

July 2006

 

More favorite series books read by our Young Young Critics' Club (for 4th and 5th graders) and our Young Critics' Club (for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders).

Series books are great to read over the summer. They protect your overheated brain from overwork-- you don't have to figure out which book you want to read next! ;) 

 Plus, it's always fun to wait for the latest one to come out so you can find out happens next to all your favorite characters.

 

 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month will focus on a different category of books.

We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them!

Each book cover is a hyperlink to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold. 

 

Have questions about our picks, or need other recommendations? Call us! Our number is 203-637-8802.

Alex Rider, by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider Series, by Anthony Horowitz

They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6— Britain's top secret intelligence agency. Recruited to find his uncle's killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. New York Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz's best-loved action series starring teen spy Alex Rider packs in the thrills and chills that readers love.                      

 

Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden Series, by Margaret Peterson Haddix     

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

 

Children of the Red King, by Jenny Nimmo

Children of the Red King Series, by Jenny Nimmo

Ten-year-old Charlie Bone doesn’t realize he’s inherited the family’s magical powers until one day he finds that he’s able to hear the conversations of people in photographs. When his nasty Grandma Bone and underhanded paternal aunts discover Charlie’s gift, they eagerly pack him off to Bloor's Academy -- a school of magic where he makes friends (and enemies) and learns the strange history of the Red King, whose descendents still roam the earth.

 

The Land of Elyon, by Patrick Carman

The Land of Elyon Series, by Patrick Carman

Elyon is a land of dark hills, enchanted forests, and great walls that connect and encircle the cities of Lathbury, Turlock, Lunenburg, and Bridewell like spokes in a wagon wheel. On her annual summer trips to Bridewell with her father, the mayor of Lathbury, Alexa Daley spends much of her time dreaming of escape. Having lived within the walls all of her 12 years, she wants nothing more than to explore the uncharted wilderness beyond. But, the walls are heavily guarded, and frightening legends suggest that forests and hills are no place for a child-- especially a young girl. When a mysterious conversation and an unfortunate accident put Alexa within reach of a way outside the wall, she must decide-- heed the warnings of her elders, or satisfy her curiosity and unravel the mysteries of Elyon.

 

The Edge Chronicles, by Paul Stewart

The Edge Chronicles, by Paul Stewart

Young Twig lives in the Deepwoods, among the Woodtrolls, but he isn't one of them. In a brave attempt to find out where he belongs, Twig wanders into the mysterious, dangerous world beyond the Deepwoods. He meets a collection of odd companions, such as his wise guardian, the Caterbird; the Slaughterers, a peaceful race who butcher animals for their livelihood; and the vicious, bile-swilling Rotsucker. Always watching out for the horrible Gloamglozer, whose presence haunts the thoughts of all the inhabitants of The Edge, Twig steadfastly pursues his quest until he discovers his roots, not among the trees, but in the skies. . . .

 

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the Overlander Series, by Suzanne Collins

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it-- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

Rowan of Rin, by Emily Rodda

Rowan of Rin Series, by Emily Rodda

Rin's stream has dried up and the people of Rin decide to send a party up the mountain to find out what is wrong. First, they go to Sheba, the wise woman, and this is where Rowan, shy and afraid, gets into trouble. Somehow, he is the only one who can read the magic map Sheba gives them to find the stream's source, which means he has to go up the mountain, too! With the map comes a warning: "Seven hearts the journey make. Seven ways the hearts will break." See how Rowan and the other six villagers face their fears on the mountain and travel towards what is believed to be the Dragon of the Mountain's lair. Will they succeed?

 

Septimus Heap, by Angie Sage

Septimus Heap Series, by Angie Sage                                  

Dark things are astir the night Septimus Heap is born, the seventh son of a seventh son. But he is stillborn, and the Heaps are devastated. They are somewhat mollified by the mysterious introduction of another baby, who is herself more than she appears. The Heap girl grows up in a tense world of selfish, evil Castle rulers who forbid all use and teaching of Magyk, until a chain of events begins that will cause the truth to be revealed.

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone." Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures. The oddest part is in entering that world, they didn't leave this one!

Warriors, by Erin Hunter

Warriors Series, by Erin Hunter

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying-- and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

 

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