Book Series Top Picks for Tween Boys & Girls

Updated February 2020

Good Morning! After last week’s post about books I read in 2018 I had a couple requests for reading recommendations for middle schoolers. I asked my twelve year old son and thirteen year old daughter to tell me what their favorite book picks were over the past year. Almost all of the books that they listed were part of a series. I decided to compile a list of their 10 favorite book series for you here today.

It can be a little tricky to find appropriate books for tweens. Many tweens are reading at an adult level, but aren’t ready for some of the subject matter present in an adult book. I often use Common Sense Media as a resource before a visit to the library or when I am buying a book for my own children or as a gift for other children. Common Sense Media includes recommendations that you can filter by age, genre, topic, and popularity. Their reviews include what parents need to know about educational value, positive messages, role models, violence, sex, language, consumerism, drinking, drugs and smoking as well as user reviews, a summary of the story, if the book is any good, and what to talk to your kids about when they read the book.

I have arranged these book series in order of the recommended age listed on The majority of these series appeal to both boys and girls, with the exception of possibly The Selection Series and The Lunar Chronicles, which only my daughter has read. If you are interested in purchasing any of these series you can click on the picture to be taken directly to the link. Click on the title to be taken to the review of the first book in each series.

Spy School Series

Age 10+

“Clever, fast-paced mystery mixes spy thrills and teen drama.”

Magnus Chase Series

Age 10+

“Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy Jackson-like hero.”

Theodore Boone Series

Ages 10+ through 12+

“A tamer version of Grisham’s adult novels about a teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.”

Artemis Fowl

Age 10+ through 14+

“Witty and exciting series start with irresistible antihero.”

The Giver Series

Age 11+

“A riveting utopian novel that’s expertly crafted.”

The Ranger’s Apprentice Series

Age 11+

“Fantasy series set in a medieval-style world where highly skilled fighters called Rangers are trained to protect king and villagers.”

Prisoner From Cell 25 Series

Age 12+

“Suspenseful tale of superpowered teens has a spark of wit.”

The Hunger Games Series

Age 12+

“Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.” –

The Lunar Chronicles

Ages 12+ through 13+

“Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.”

Divergent Series

Age 13+

“Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.”

The Selection Series

Age 13+

“Entertaining futuristic take on reality TV dating shows.”

Don’t forget to share your favorite tween books or series in the comments. My kids are often more open to trying a new book if they know their friends have enjoyed it.


  1. Wendy M Emett

    January 18, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Omg this is perfect!!! Thank you so much!!

    1. Parker

      January 18, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for prompting me to write this post Wendy!

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