Middle Grade Reading List Poll
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  • April 10, 2015


Hello all. I need your help.

I’m planning to read a lot of Middle Grade series this summer. The trouble is, I don’t know where to start. I need things that are particularly appealing to boys (but that girls can read too). There will be girls’ titles too, of course, because…reasons. There’s a ton that I am behind on, suffice it to say. So, readers, I need you to help and vote.

Below is a list of books and series that I want to focus on. You can help me by voting for five series from the list (leave your votes in the comments below!) . Ideally, I would love to read them all, but let’s be practical. I won’t do it just yet. So, I will start from the top of the most-voted-for books and go from there.

Because, why not?

Behold, the list:

The Copernicus Legacy by Tony Abbott – 1

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – 10

Gregor the Overlander by Susan Collins – 2

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper – 2

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell – 3

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi – 1

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer – 1

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde – 2

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – 12

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove – 4

Wereworld by Curtis Jobling

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers – 2

Savvy by Ingrid Law – 1

The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis – 1

Pendragon by D.J. Machale – 5

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – 2

Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix – 3

Magyk by Angie Sage – 2

Cirque Du Freak by Daren Shan – Suggested – 4

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente – 6

I know…it’s a lot of fantasy. Act surprised. Any other books and series suggestions are always appreciated! I could always use books THAT ARE GOOD to handsell.

Thanks all!

– BP

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Kayla Beck

2015-04-10 15:44:17 Reply

I’ve only read the Artemis Fowl series (well, some of them), and it’s pretty good. I guess I’ll vote for Fairyland, too, because I intend to read them soonish.

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2015-04-10 15:45:40 Reply

Because I enjoyed them (definitely appeal to boys as well as girls):
1. The Keys to the Kingdom
2. Artemis Fowl
3. Inkheart

Because I want to see what you think since I’ve heard they’re amazing:
4. Glass Sentence
5. Pendragon (I believe appeals to boys as well as girls)

Happy reading! 🙂

Amanda Lee

2015-04-10 15:46:30 Reply

Definitely Artemis Fowl and Fairyland (Fairyland is AMAZING). I would also say The Glass Sentence and The Dark is Rising. So many great choices though!

Jordan Summers

2015-04-10 16:22:20 Reply

Definitely Artemis Fowl and you might want to think about Cirque de Freak.

Sara Grochowski

2015-04-11 16:56:59 Reply

In order of importance 😉 –

Fairyland bks
The Unwanteds
Glass Sentence
Copernicus Legacy
Keys to the Kingdom



    2015-04-11 17:00:46 Reply

    I am hoping that the Fairyland books hold up to all the spoilers I have had for them. I have been putting them off for that reason alone. I don’t do well when I know, well, every cool thing that happens in a book beforehand. 😉

      Sara Grochowski

      2015-04-11 22:38:44 Reply

      WHO WAS THE HORRIBLE PERSON THAT SPOILED THEM FOR YOU!? Ugh. I know what you mean though – I wouldn’t be in a rush to read them if I knew all the cool bits either. 🙁

      I handsell The Unwanteds books and the Copernicus Legacy books like crazy, so those have that going for them. The Glass Sentence is a good handsell for kids reading at the upper MG level, right on the cusp of YA. And Ioved Inkheart and the Keys to the Kingdom series when I read them, but it’s been years now. Pretty confident they’ve held up though!


        2015-04-12 09:39:14 Reply

        In response: EVERYONE. I had at least 5 people tell me about how cool this book was and when I told them I didn’t want to hear about it they said “Well, can I just tell you about this cool bit?”. By the time it was done I knew about the Wyvery and every other cool thing in the first book. 🙁

        Noted about the other two. I really need boy books. REALLY need them.


2015-04-11 17:38:52 Reply

I haven’t read any of these series! But I highly recommend the Fablehaven series from Brandon Null and, of course, anything from Rick Riordan.


    2015-04-11 17:47:52 Reply

    Read both. Brandon Mull and I aren’t on speaking terms. Rick Riordan, though, LOVE.

Selena Yukino

2015-04-11 18:03:17 Reply

I vote How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. I loved it when I was a kid! 🙂

Lisa Mandina

2015-04-11 19:09:38 Reply

Here are my suggestions:
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Theodora by LaFevers
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
The Search for Wondla by Diterlizzi


2015-04-11 19:10:06 Reply

though i have not read any of the series i have heard mazing things about fairyland and inkheart


2015-04-11 21:59:53 Reply

I vote Susan Cooper and The Dark is Rising series at the top. I first read them when I was in college and have read several times since. My son read it through a couple times. Next would be the Artemis Fowl series. Both of those have a boy lead character, which helps getting boys to read. Third, Inkheart.

X. Ying

2015-04-12 18:22:19 Reply

1. Artemis Fowl
2. Magyk
3. Savvy
4. Inkheart
5. Pendragon

Ashley M

2015-04-13 00:29:13 Reply

Pendragon (FOR SURE)
Magyk-Septimus Heap- Angie Sage (Had to buy last book as a 19yr the looks i got were great)
Inkheart (then watch the movie and compare)
Cirque de Freak (loved this whole series and liked the movie..sort of)



2015-04-13 03:04:16 Reply

Keys to the Kingdom (It is geared for boys. I’d also say anything by Garth Nix in general)
Artemis Fowl
Gregor the Overlander

Those are the ones I have either read all or some of the books in the series. 🙂

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

2015-04-13 12:20:19 Reply

1. Artemis Fowl
2. Inkheart
3. Pendragon


2015-04-14 00:36:10 Reply

I only voted for 3 so am adding one more. My daughter says Fairyland!!! and that is just how she said it, with !!!


2015-04-14 09:04:54 Reply

-Cirque Du Freak
-Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
-The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
-Colossus Rises
-How To Train Your Dragon!


2015-04-14 21:53:31 Reply

Since I haven’t read any titles on the list I’ll go with the ones I want to read the most: Inkheart, Theodosia, and Fairyland.

Allie L

2015-04-15 05:32:37 Reply

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Cirque Du Freak by Daren Shan
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Sydney S.

2015-04-15 20:51:53 Reply

I HIGHLY recommend Gregor the Overland! 😀 I also would suggest Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. It’s perfect for both boys and girls, plus it’s fantasy. Inkheart and Artemis Fowl work great too :))

    Sydney S.

    2015-04-15 20:53:46 Reply

    Oh I just saw an earlier comment. Forget Brandon Mull then :$


      2015-04-16 09:30:49 Reply

      Yeah, I wanted to like it but there are a lot of reasons that I don’t. More for others.