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10 best book series for young adults

Can't get your tween or teen excited about reading for pleasure? Welcome to the gateway books: Once your kids get hooked on the right series, they won't be able to stop.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer

Our favorites: Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code

Perfect for: Kids too jaded to be entertained by old-fashioned fairies and elves.

The hook: Artemis Fowl is no regular kid. He happens to be an evil genius — a criminal mastermind with high-tech toys — and all but 12 years old. Delve into the murky underworld of fairies, elves, and other sprites as they battle Artemis in his relentless quest for the fairyfolk's pot of gold.

Comments from readers

"The Artemis Fowl, Mortal Instruments, Lord of the Rings and Cherub series would all be good reads for boys that like fiction, especially fantasy fiction. The problem is this is a list of recommended series. Many boys prefer non-fiction or very true to life. The majority of those books are not written is series but in sets, where books by the same author have similar themes but the stories don't lead into each other. Gary Paulsen is the gateway author I would recommend boys who would rather have true-to-life action. Most of his books are survival stories similar to Jack London, but from a human perspective. "
"a list of better Young Adult books: Icefall by Matthew Kirby When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson "
"These books almost all have females as the main protagonists. It's the boys that are having trouble in school. How about books specifically for them? "
"Why are 95% of these books for girls and have female protagonists? The boys are the ones who are doing worse in the academic system. Where are the books to inspire them? Shame on you GreatSchools Staff for not addressing their needs. "
"As for boys books, the Eragon series, Inkheart although the main character is a girl, Hunger games, Percy Jackson and Red Pyramid Series. I agree with the comment about Clan of the Cave Bear, Excellent series although it is quite sexually explicit. There are many positive things also, this writer did her research. I read this book at the age of 14 and Ayla quickly became my role model. I will let my 13 year old daughter read it but under close supervision( many conversations to be had) "
"I am surprised Clan of the Cave Bear is recommended for middle school. It is a good series but has explicit sex and rape in it. And it is not suggestive but descriptive. Re-think this recommendation. "
"This list is so heavily biased towards girls and girls' interests I cannot recommend it to my teenage son."