#1 Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
This five-book series has action, mystery, and humor all in one.
Percy Jackson is twelve years old. He lives with his mom and stepfather, but he does not get along with his stepfather. One night while driving in the car, Percy and his mom and his friend Grover are attacked by a minotaur, which is a creature that is half man, half bull. The minotaur is wearing some tighty whitey underpants! It is very funny. Mrs. Jackson is banished to the underworld and Percy is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a place called Camp Half Blood. Here Percy learns that he is a demi god, the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. He also learns that his friend Grover is a satyr, which is a half man, half goat! Camp Half Blood is the only safe place in the world for demi gods and other interesting creatures. There are many others like him and Grover. Together they make friends and enemies and go on the first of many quests with their friend Annabeth, who is another important character in the series.
Readers will laugh through the whole first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and soon be asking for the second.
#2 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
This book is a bit more serious than the Percy Jackson stories, but that doesn’t mean the whole book is solemn. The Hobbit is a story of a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins. The first chapter is a very funny scene in which twelve dwarves and a wizard unexpectedly show up at Bilbo’s cozy home and disrupt not only his dinner and his house, but the rest of his life. Bilbo reluctantly agrees to go on a quest to the Lone Mountain in search of a treasure and to defeat the dragon called Smaug.
I loved this book because there is so much action and it is funny and exciting. This story shows readers that you must show courage in order to know your true self. Bilbo did not want to leave his cozy home, but in doing so he learned that he does love adventure and being out in the world. I can’t wait to read the Lord of the Rings series, but my Mom won’t let me yet.
I also really like this graphic version of The Hobbit because it gives more images.
#3 Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
Is there a person in the muggle world who does not know the Boy Who Lived?
This series is about a boy who lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin who hate him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. He has an unhappy life until his eleventh birthday, when a giant named Hagrid shows up and gives him a letter accepting him to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter is a wizard! This was the first very long book that I read.
The whole series is great because you get to know all the characters so well. I don’t like them all but the ones I do like feel like old friends. Harry’s birthday is the same as mine, July 31. This summer when I turn eleven, I hope an owl brings me a letter from Hogwarts.
#4 Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Recently my Mom told me that there is no such person as Erin Hunter!These books are all written by different authors under her name. This is called ghostwriting.
There are a lot of different Warriors series. The one I read first was about warrior cats who lived in different clans that all fight each other. It’s kind of like a civil war when people fight inside their own country. Each clan has its own leader and the leader’s name has the word “star” at the end. So in the book The Power of Three, the leader of the clan is Firestar. This is another series where you get to know the characters very well but I also like that every chapter is narrated by a different important character. This helps the reader to see the story from different perspectives.
The special edition books really help the reader understand the history of the clans and get to know the characters in more depth. Beside the Warriors series about cats, “Erin Hunter” also writes similar ones that feature other animals such as bears and dogs but I like the cats’ series best.
#5 Wereworld series by Curtis Jobling
This is a series recommended to me by the people who work at our favorite bookstore, The Blue Bunny. They really know what I like!
Wereworld is supernatural and sci-fi, which I obviously like, but it is different because it is about a boy named Drew who just happens to be a werewolf. The world he lives in is ruled by werecreatures. It sounds like Drew would be scary but he is a good guy. There are also werebears, werelions, werepanthers, etc. It is a really neat world to read about. One night he is attacked by a wererat and his mother is killed. Drew runs away because when his father returns home on this terrible night, he assumes that Drew is the one that killed his mother. Drew is rescued by two members of the Woodland Patrol, which is kind of like the police. After many adventures and other stories, eventually Drew becomes the leader of his country.
The message of this series is not to give up because even though Drew suffered many losses during his life, he eventually became a great leader and person with friendship and love in his life.
#6 Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
This is a classic series that my Mom gave me to read last summer when I was entering fifth grade and I loved it. The first book is called The Chronicles of Narnia and there are seven books altogether. This series is about two brothers and two sisters who accidentally discover the enchanted world of Narnia one day when they were hiding in their wardrobe during a game. During this series, the children go back and forth between Narnia and their home in England. They love Narnia but they can’t plan to go there. It always happens by accident. They have many adventures in Narnia and wish they could stay there forever. Narnia time is 50 years to one year on Earth/real time, so whenever they return to Narnia it is always different.
There are three Narnia movies so far and I like them but they don’t follow the books and the books are better.
I love Narnia because it shows children becoming leaders and that makes me feel like I can do anything even though I am just a kid. It would be cool to live in a place where anything is possible. Wait, maybe I already do.
#7 How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowl
I first learned about this series when I saw the How to Train Your Dragon movie.
My whole family loves Toothless (the dragon) and Hiccup (the boy). I was excited to find out it was a book series. Even though the books are pretty easy for me to read now, I still love to read any new ones that come out. I recommend this series for 3rd & 4th grade, or maybe really good 2nd grade readers.
Hiccup lives on the island of Berk and is the son of Chief Stoick who is the leader/chief of the Hooligan tribe. This tribe trains dragons for hunting, fighting and riding. This is different from the popular movie. Right from the beginning of the movie, the humans fight and kill the dragons and only start to train them at the end. Pretty much any book with dragons in it is good by me. Kind of the way I feel about Dr. Pepper. If a restaurant serves Dr. Pepper, I like it.
#8 Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate is a graphic novel. This means it is like a big comic book. I also like to read the Big Nate comic in the Sunday paper.
Nate is a middle schooler who is not very smart, gets a lot of low grades, and is hated by his homeroom/social studies teacher. I do not look up to Nate but I do like him because he is very funny. Nate’s best friend, Teddy, is also very funny but he is actually a good student. These books are always good for having a laugh or when you want something that’s not too serious.
#9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This is another graphic novel, which again means it is like a comic book. This one has more text/reading than Big Nate.
The wimpy kid’s real name is Greg Heffley. He gets himself into a lot of trouble and awkward situations during his time in middle school and early high school. Gret and Rowley are each other’s only friends and try to help each other through school and social situations.
Greg’s older brother Rodrick isn’t very smart and is a bully to Greg all the time. Greg also has a younger brother named Manny who drives him crazy by doing things like drawing on Greg’s bedroom door with permanent marker. I think Greg loves his Mom and Dad but he gets annoyed at them because he thinks they are overprotective.
The movies are good but my Mom thinks Greg is not a nice person and treats Rowley very badly. But it’s not that way in the book.
A few years ago I got to meet Jeff Kinney at The Blue Bunny and he was very nice!
#10 The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
This three-book series is written by the same author as the Percy Jackson books, so of course it is good.
The main characters are Carter and Sadie Kane. They are brother and sister but were separated after their mother’s death. Carter lived most of his life with his Dad and Sadie spent most of her life with her grandparents. They are kind of normal, regular people before one Christmas they go out together with their father and visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. They see the Rosetta Stone and their father suddenly begins some weird chanting and the stone blows up. Whoa.
When they wake up in the rubble, they find they have strange powers. Two Egyptian magicians summon a magic portal and transport Carter and Sadie to the capital of Egypt. Their father has disappeared. Again, I say, whoa.
Once in Egypt, Carter and Sadie find themselves in an underground city filled with yet more Egyptian magicians. And for a third time, I say, whoa. Their mission becomes to prevent an Egyptian snake-god from eating the sun. Yes, correct. Eating the sun.
I like the Kane Chronicles because it is very creative and filled with new ideas. I also like learning about Egyptian mythology. There are a lot of “whoa” moments in this series. It is quite a page-turner.