Try a new kids’ book series

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This is the best time of year to turn on your flashlight and read some adventures under the covers.  Run out of books already?  Summer is the perfect time to try a new book series – the good people at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books recommend you take a look at some of these:

The Mysterium series

Danny Woo was born into the wild and wonderful New Circus Company.  When his parents are killed in a mysterious fire Danny is sent to the Ballstone School.  An explosion that rocks his school also shakes Danny loose from the shock that has locked him tight since the loss of his parents.  Now he must travel to Hong Kong – the first stop on a thrilling journey to discover what really happened to his mum and dad – and the first place where the mysterious Forty Nine will try to snuff out his young life…

Book one: The Black Dragon

Book two:  The Palace of Memory

The Secret Breakers series

Brodie, Hunter and Tusia tackle unsolved mysteries and unbroken codes  to get to the hidden truth.  Based on real mysteries and real unbroken codes!

Power of Three

Book one:  Orphan of the Flames

Book two:  Knights of Neustria

Book three:  Power of the Winds

Book four:  The Pirate’s Sword

The May Bird series

Journey to the Ever After with the fantastical and otherworldly May Bird trilogy.  When May Bird and her faithful companion, Somber Kitty, encounter the ghostly world of the Ever After, their (after)lives will change forever.

Book one: The Ever After

Book two:  Among the Stars

Book three:  Warrior Princess

The Dagger Chronicles

Twelve year old Christopher seems to be doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father, a cooper, in 17th century England.  When his uncle, infamous pirate William Quick (and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the Governor of Jamaica), enters his life Christopher finds himself on a dangerous seafaring adventure with his uncle, a man he barely knows, his only ally. 

Book one:  Dagger Quick

Book two:  Dagger X

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute for Villainous Education)

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top secret school where children with a talent for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents and become criminal masterminds. 

Book one:  H.I.V.E.

Book two:  The Overlord Protocol

Book three:  Escape Velocity

Book four:  Dreadnought

Book five:  Rogue

Book six:  Zero Hour

Book seven:  Aftershock

The Dark Lord series

Find out what happens when an all-powerful evil lord from outer space is thrown out of his kingdom and transformed into a 13 year-old human boy.

Book one: The Teenage Years (winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012)

Book two:  A Fiend in Need

Book three:  Eternal Detention

The Seven Wonders

Follow the story of Jack McKinley in the mysterious, action-packed adventure series that takes place throughout the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Jack discovers a secret organization on a hidden island, and becomes the leader of a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs. As Jack and his three friends realize their lives are at stake, they have no choice but to accept the quest and embark on the challenge of their lives. Four friends. Six months. Seven Wonders. One goal.

1.  The Colossus Rises

2.  Lost in Babylon

3.  The Tomb of Shadows

The Last 13

13 books.  13 nightmares.  1 destiny.

The Last 13 are a group of teenagers with an extraordinary ability that some people would kill for – their dreams come true.  When he discovers that his parents aren’t who he thinks they are Sam finds himself running from danger at every turn.  His salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy and he finds himself in the final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all.  Sam alone can find the Last 13.  Are you one of them?

Already tried these?  Drop by the store and see what else might be flashlight-worthy this summer!









6 thoughts on “Try a new kids’ book series

  1. Tara Crouse

    I’m trying to find chapter books for my seven-year old son that are similar to The Magic Tree House books. We finished the series a year ago and nothing else compares. Do you have any suggestions? He also likes the Bean and Ivy books and Magic School Bus chapter books. I would appreciate any recommendations!

    1. Kim

      Hi Tara, there are the Canadian Flyer books that are like a Canadian version of the Magic Tree House series and we have a variety in the store we could show you if you’re in the area.

  2. Karin Post author

    Hi Tara,
    As Kim says above, we’d love to have you pop into the store to see our great selection in person, but here are some other series that we think would work for your seven year old:
    – Heroes in Training – After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone young Zeus, along with some fellow young Olympians, embark on the adventure of a lifetime!
    – Zak Power – 12 year old Zak Power, together with his 15 year old brother, Leon, works for a secret government agency and takes on dangerous missions around the world.
    – Race the Wild – Russell and his team are on a once-in-a-lifetime race around the world – do they have the skills, strength and smarts to win?

  3. Gilly P.

    I just finished the Hunger Games series and loved them so much!!!! What could I read next that could be anywhere near as good??

    1. Kim

      Hi Gilly,

      I’m so sorry – we seemed to miss this question when it came in. If you’re still looking for some good books to follow up the Hunger Games I would recommend trying any of these:

      Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
      Divergent by Veronica Roth
      Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
      Pulse by Patrick Carman
      Rule of 3 by Eric Walters

      Happy Reading!


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