Here are some awesome MG series you should read. I recommend them to my students because I personally know how great they are. 

Tombquest: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop  

Alex Sennefer is dying, and his doctors say nothing can save him. His mom, an Egyptologist, knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can bring him back from the brink of death. After she saves his life with the spells, she disappears, and weird things start happening around the world. Mummies are waking up and scorpions are taking over New York City.  Alex teams up with his best friend Ren, as they track down his Mom and try to destroy the monsters. The five book series takes you around the world on an enthralling and suspenseful adventure. This book is great for those who love a worldwide adventure and love to learn new things as they read.
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A Nielsen –

In Ancient Rome, Nic is a slave in the Roman mines when he finds a bulla, an amulet that once belonged to Julius Ceaser. The bulla holds magical powers that could destroy Rome if it falls into the wrong hands. With people chasing him to get the bulla, Nic escapes the mines on the back of a griffin. The book includes spectacular chariot races, life on the streets in Ancient Rome, and information about Roman Gods and is sure to be a great read for a wide variety of readers. All three books in the series have been released. 

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a Willy-Wonka-esque tale of a rich eccentric who builds an amazing library and invites kids in for a challenge. A dozen students are at an overnight lock-in at the library, when they find out the only way to get out is to solve book-related riddles. The futuristic library makes for a great place to solve puzzles, and the competition is fierce to be the first one to escape. This is a guaranteed fun adventure that is great for all ages.

 

The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett

When prankster Miles moves to a new school, he’s ready to bring his pranks to a new location. But he soon finds out that the school already has a mystery prankster. What unfolds is a funny prank-off between Miles and the unknown student until they decide to pair up to take on the biggest prank imaginable. The Terrible Two is an illustrated novel with drawings throughout that add to the amazing plot. This is a great read for someone who may have grown out of Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy kid. This book is also an excellent choice for anyone who loves funny books.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Christopher Row is apothecary Benedict Blackthorn’s apprentice. He has learned a lot from Blackthorn, including making medicines and poisons, as well as solving difficult ciphers. A murderous cult is killing apothecaries in town, and it’s coming closer and closer to his shop. To stay alive and save his city from an evil cult, Christopher must work together with his friend, Tom, to solve ciphers and puzzles left by Blackthorn to stop the cult. This heart pounding tale keeps you guessing throughout. This book won’t let you down.

 

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories) by Chris Colfer

The best selling Land of Stories series is written by Glee actor Chris Colfer. In a fantastic retelling of fairy tales, we find twins Alex and Conner still grieving from the loss of their father from an accident. For their 12th birthday, their grandmother comes and gives them a storybook. Once they open it, they fall into a magical land where fairy tale creatures are real. The twins need to find certain item for a wishing spell to help make it back home, but other, dark creatures, are also searching for the same items. This fun adventure is perfect for those who love retellings of fairy tales.

The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1) by Dan Poblocki

The Gathering is the first book in the Shadow House series by Dan Poblocki. The Gathering is a spooky tale about six kids who all end up in a haunted mansion under false pretenses. Once they arrive, they find they aren’t able to get out. That’s when things start to get horrifying. There are children in scary masks that roam the hallways, and the spooky drawings throughout the book make this a great story for those who love to be scared. Poblocki has made name for himself in this genre, and he does not disappoint.

 

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Each year in the city of Quill, kids are determined to be Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Those who are unwanted are eliminated. When Alex is taken away to be eliminated, he expects to die. But he is taken to a place called Artimé, where he learns to hone his magical ability that he didn’t know he had. Artimé is a huge campus, and Alex learns more about his powers, makes friends, and misses his twin brother who was left behind Quill. When the time comes, will the brothers work together or become enemies?

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, let me know in the comments.

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