Literary Pursuits

Fantasy Adventure Book Series

I love it when friends ask me for book recommendations for their kids! My latest request comes from a local friend whose children are ages 8, 10, and 12.

When I asked her what their interests were she said, “They’ve all recently read the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. They’re into reading a lot of the same stuff right now. Fantasy-type stuff with kids as main characters.”

Here are some fun recommendations (in no particular order) for fantasy adventure series for the middle school age range (ages 8-12). I have not read every one of these books but I’ve read at least the first book in each series.

As usual, the links will take you to Amazon and I might earn a small commission if you end up ordering. I’ve indicated which titles are available as part of the FreeTime Unlimited or Kindle Unlimited subscriptions. 

The Mysterious Benedict Society series

By Trenton Lee Stewart

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series

By Chris Grabenstein

  1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  2. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
  3. Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
  4. Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game

The Chronicles of Narnia

By C. S. Lewis

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (available on FreeTime Unlimited)
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

100 Cupboards series

By N. D. Wilson

  1. 100 Cupboards (available on FreeTime Unlimited)
  2. Dandelion Fire
  3. The Chestnut King
  4. The Door Before

The Wolves Chronicles

By Joan Aiken

  1. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (available on FreeTime Unlimited)
  2. Black Hearts in Battersea
  3. Nightbirds on Nantucket
  4. The Stolen Lake
  5. Dangerous Games (available on Kindle Unlimited)

Floors series

By Patrick Carmen

  1. Floors
  2. 3 Below
  3. The Field of Wacky Inventions

Time Quintet

By Madeleine L’Engle

  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. A Wind in the Door
  3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  4. Many Waters
  5. An Acceptable Time

The Green Ember series

By S. D. Smith

  1. The Green Ember (available on Kindle Unlimited)
  2. Ember Falls (available on Kindle Unlimited)
  3. Ember Rising (available on Kindle Unlimited)

The Wingfeather Saga

By Andrew Peterson

  1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
  2. North! or Be Eaten
  3. The Monster in the Hollows
  4. The Warden and the Wolf King

Redwall series

By Brian Jacques

  1. Redwall
  2. Mossflower
  3. Mattimeo
  4. Mariel of Redwall
  5. Martin the Warrior

What series or stand-alone books can you add to this list? I’d love to check them out!

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  • Zephyr Hill

    I see a few of our favorites here, but also some we haven’t read. Since it looks like we have similar tastes, I’m jotting down a list! Thanks so much!

  • Kristen

    I will have to look for some of these…my kids keep exploring the elementary age-middle school age section of the library. I don’t mind finding new books for them other than picture books and short chapter books but I don’t want to pick up just anything for us to read together.

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