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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

June 2006


Each year our Young Critics' Club (for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) and our Young Young Critics' Club (for 4th and 5th graders) votes on their favorite books.

Usually at least a few of the books they select are the first of a series.

We thought that we'd highlight some of these Favorite Series Books from the last few years.

We'll tell you a bit about the series, and list all the books that have been published so far, in chronological order.


 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.

Series Picks from the Young Critics' Club

Down the Rabbit Hole, by Peter Abrahams

Echo Falls Mysteries Series, by Peter Abrahams


Welcome to Echo Falls. Home of a thousand secrets, where Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth and Sherlock Holmes devotee, never knows what will happen next.



The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan


Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, by Rick Riordan


There is no such twelve-year-old boy as Perseus 'Percy' Jackson. The Greek gods are nothing more than old myths. They certainly never have children with mortals in the 21st century, nor is there any such place as Half Blood Hill, a summer camp for demigods on eastern Long Island. Percy never met a satyr or a daughter of Athena. They most emphatically did not take a quest together across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.



Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson

Maximum Ride Series, by James Patterson


Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel are kids who are pretty normal-- except that they're 98% human, 2% bird. They grew up in cages, living like rats, and now they're free-- but being chased by the wicked, wolf-like Erasers, who've kidnapped Angel. Led by Max, the Flock embarks on a quest to find Angel, infiltrate a secret facility to track down their parents, get revenge on an evil traitor, and try to save the world-- if there's time.

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies Trilogy, by Scott Westerfeld


Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license-- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty...



 Eragon, by Christopher Paolini


The Inheritance Trilogy, by Christopher Paolini


In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage, called Eragon, finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.


  • Book One: Eragon  [YCC's Favorite Book of '03-'04!]

  • Book Two: Eldest

  • Book Three: Coming in 2007


The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud


As an apprentice to the great magician Underwood, Nathaniel is gradually being schooled in the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a rising star magician. When Simon brutally humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to speed up his magical education, teaching himself spells way beyond his years. Eventually, he masters one of the most difficult spells of all: summoning the all-powerful djinni, Bartimaeus.




Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale

Montmorency Series by Eleanor Updale

When a petty thief falls through a glass roof while fleeing from the police, it should have been the death of him. Instead, it marks the beginning of a whole new life. Soon he has become the most successful-- and elusive-- burglar in Victorian London, plotting daring raids and using London's new sewer system to escape. He adopts a dual existence to fit his new lifestyle, taking on the roles of a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency and his corrupt servant, Scarper.




The Oracle Betrayed, by Catherine Fisher

The Oracle Prophecies, by Catherine Fisher


After she is chosen to be "Bearer-of-the-god," Mirany questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon.




Series Picks from the Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2)

The Sisters Grimm: Fairytale Detectives, by Michael Buckley

The Sisters Grimm Series, by Catherine Fisher


Sabrina and Daphne are two orphaned sisters who have been sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. Grandmother Grimm lives in a strange town in New York State, known for its extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes. As soon as the sisters arrive, they begin to unravel a mystery that leads to their ancestors' magical beginnings. Sabrina and Daphne learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, who were actually detectives of the magical phenomenon perpetrated by the Everafters, a parallel race of magical beings. They soon discover it is the Grimm family's legacy to keep the Everafters in line and the two sisters are the sole heirs to the challenge!




Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon Series, by Georgia Byng


Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hypnotism. Molly Moon is no ordinary orphan. When she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism, she discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger is watching her every move and he'll do anything to steal her hypnotic secret...




I, Freedy, by Dietlof Reiche

The Golden Hamster Saga, by Dietlof Reiche


Freddy is dissatisfied with his monotonous treadmill life at the pet store. He endures countless indignities in order to get himself adopted so he can lead a more civilized life. After a series of funny misadventures (including encounters with a fierce tomcat and two guinea pigs who speak in Shakespearean couplets) he teaches himself to read and write, and pens a witty and heartwarming autobiography about his journey towards self-improvement. This series is written in jaunty, fast-paced prose with deadpan humor and hilarious plot turns.





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