2013 BEST SERIES

Here are the Most Popular Book Series for 2013 (as reported by the New York Times).   We have linked to our "support pages" (where they exist). 

These pages have detailed reading level information and more. 


Updated December 2013

*** Note that in alphabetizing, we ignore 'the' in titles.
*** Newest editions to the list will be in bold
*You can find the original NYT list here.

whofors:
(Kids+) = okay for any age.
(Tweens+)
= a book okay for Tweens and the young at heart.
(Some Tweens) = might have some more violence or scary elements, cursing than some Tweens prefer.
(MG+)
= MG is short for middle-grader, a term that's beginning to be used more and more by librarians and publishers. MG books are typically targeting younger-Young Adults -- ages 13 to 15/16. Books for this group might have more violence, some mild cursing, and more tension/excitement in the story than some Tweens prefer.
(Some MG) = indicates a book that we believe might not be right for all Middle-graders.
(YA+) = These books are likely to have one of the following that will make it not appropriate for all Young Adults:

  • Sex
  • Cursing
  • Extreme dark tone or very scary
  • A lot of violence
  • other 'adult behaviors' such as prostitution, drug use...

THE BOOKS!
  1. 39 CLUES
  2. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
  3. ALEX RIDER ADVENTURES
  4. BANE CHRONICLES
  5. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES 
  6. BEYONDERS
  7. BIG NATE 
  8. BLOODLINES
  9. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS 
  10. CHEMICAL GARDEN
  11. CHRONICLES OF NICK 
  12. CRASH TRILOGY, THE
  13. DARKNESS RISING
  14. DELIRIUM 
  15. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 
  16. DIVERGENT
  17. DORK DIARIES
  18. EMILY WINDSNAP 
  19. GALLAGHER GIRLS
  20. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
  21. GIVER QUARTET
  22. GONE
  23. HARRY POTTER
  24. HEIST SOCIETY
  25. HEROES OF OLYMPUS
  26. HOUSE OF NIGHT
  27. HUNGER GAMES
  28. I AM NUMBER FOUR
  29. INFERNAL DEVICES
  30. IVY AND BEAN
  31. KANE CHRONICLES
  32. KINGDOM KEEPERS 
  33. LEGEND
  34. MAGIC TREEHOUSE
  35. MATCHED
  36. MAXIMUM RIDE
  37. MAZE RUNNER 
  38. MICHAEL VEY
  39. MIDDLE SCHOOL
  40. MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES
  41. MORTAL INSTRUMENTS
  42. NANCY CLANCY
  43. ORIGAMI YODA
  44. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS
  45. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS 
  46. RANGER’S APPRENTICE
  47. RUBY RED
  48. SEA BREEZE
  49. SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL, The
  50. SHADOW FALLS
  51. SHATTER ME 
  52. SORCERER'S RING, The 
  53. THEODORE BOONE 
  54. THE UNWANTEDS
  55. TWILIGHT 
  56. UNWIND DYSTOLOGY
  57. WARRIORS
  58. WINGS OF FIRE

bookcover of The Maze Of Bones (39 Clues) by Rick Riordan39 CLUES (Kids+)
by various authors. Book#1 is by Rick Riordan.
Most books are AR 4's and 5's.  See the Clue's support page.

bookcover of  A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Tweens, MG)  by Lemony Snicket
Books are at the 6th and 7th Grade reading level.  See Lemony's support page.

bookcover of ALEX RIDER - CROCODILE TEARS  by Anthony HorowitzALEX RIDER ADVENTURES (MG)
by Anthony Horowitz
Books are at the high AR 4 and low AR 5 levels.

bookcover of  What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles Part #1) by Cassandra Clare BANE CHRONICLES    (YA+)
by Cassandra Clare
There is no reading information available for this series. 

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES  (some MG & YA+)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Books are at the 4th Grade reading level.  For specific numbers see our support page.


bookcover of A World Without HeroesBEYONDERS  (Tweens, MG+)
by Brandon Mull
Great MG series.  These books are at the AR 5 level.  See Brandon's page for specifics.

bookcover of BIG NATE What Could Possibly Go Wrong by by Lincoln PeirceBIG NATE (some Tweens, MG+)
by Lincoln Peirce
Books are at the AR 2 and 3 levels.  See Nate's support page for specifics.

bookcover of BLOODLINES (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle MeadBLOODLINES  (YA+)
by Richelle Mead
Books are at the 5th Grade reading level.  For specific numbers see Bloodline's support page.

bookcover of the Adventures of Captain Underpants #1 by Dav Pilkey
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS    (Kids+)
by Dav Pilkey
Books are at the AR 4 level, though 2 are at AR 5.  For specific numbers see the Captain Underpants support page.

bookcover of WITHER (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefanoCHEMICAL GARDEN  (YA)
by Lauren DeStefano
Books are at the AR 5 reading level.  For specific numbers see the support page.

bookcover of Chronicles of Nick - INFINITYCHRONICLES OF NICK (YA+)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Books are at the AR 4 level. For specific numbers see our Chronicles of Nick support page.

bookcover of CRASH (Crush #1) by Nicole Williams CRASH TRILOGY (YA)
by Nicole Williams
There is no reading info for this romance series... yet.  To see covers and other info, check out the support page.

bookcover of The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley ArmstrongDARKNESS RISING
(YA)
by Kelley Armstrong
Books are at the AR 3.9 and AR 4 level.  For specific numbers see the support page.

Lauren Oliver's DeliriumDELIRIUM  (YA)
by Lauren Oliver
The Delirium books are at the AR 5 & 6 level.  For specific numbers see the support page. 

bookcover of Cabin Fever (Wimpy Kid)DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (Tweens+)
by Jeff Kinney
Books are at the 5th Grade level. For specific numbers see the Wimpy Kid Resource Page.


bookcover of DIVERGENT  (Divergent series #1) by Veronica RossDIVERGENT (YA+)
by Veronica Roth
Books are at high AR 4, low AR 5 level. For specific numbers see the Divergent Resource page.

bookcover of Dork Diaries - Tales from a Not So Popular Party GirlDORK DIARIES (Tweens+)
by Rachel Renee RussellBooks are at the AR 4 and 5 levels. For specific numbers see the Support Page.


bookcovers for  THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP & Monster from the Deep & Castle in the Mist by Liz KesslerEMILY WINDSNAP (MG)
by Liz Kessler
Books are at the AR 3 and 4 levels. For specific numbers see the Support Page. 

bookcover of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill YouGALLAGHER GIRLS (some Tweens, MG+)
by Ally Carter
Books are at the AR 4, AR 5 and 6 levels. Mostly squeaky clean. Mild excitement, and only the last book has violence. For specific numbers see the support page.

bookcover of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS  (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae CarsonGIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (YA+) 
by Rae Carson
Book #1 and #2 are at the 5th Grade level. See the support page.

bookcover of THE GIVER (#1 of Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry
GIVER QUARTET (Some MG and YA+)
by Lois Lowry
Three books are at the AR 5 levels.One is AR 4.  To see specific numbers visit the support page.

bookcover of GONE by Michael GrantGONE
(Some MG and YA+)
by Michael Grant
Books are mostly at the AR 4 levels; one at AR 3. For specific numbers see our support page.

bookcover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by RowlingHARRY POTTER (some Tweens, MG & YA+)
by J. K. Rowling
Books are at the AR 5, 6 and 7 levels. For specifics see Harry's support page.

HEIST SOCIETY (some Tweens, MG+)
by Ally Carter
Books are at the AR 5 level.  See the support page here.

bookcover of The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanHEROES OF OLYMPUS (some Tweens, MG & YA+)
by Rick Riordan
Books are at the AR 4 level.  For specifics on this and other Rick Riordan books see our support page.

bookcover of House of Night MARKED by PC and Kristin CastHOUSE OF NIGHT (YA+)
by P. C. Cast
Books are at the AR 5 level


bookcover of HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne CollinsHUNGER GAMES (some MG & YA+)
by Suzanne Collins
Books are at the AR 5 level. Support page here.


bookcover of I am a number bookI AM NUMBER FOUR  (YA)
by Pittacus Lore
Books are at the AR 4 and 5 levels.  For specifics on all books in the series see the support page.

bookcover of Clockwork AngelINFERNAL DEVICES  (YA)
by Cassandra Clare
Books are at AR 5 levels. For specific numbers see the series support page.

bookcover of IVY + Bean by Annie Barrows
IVY + BEAN (Tweens, some MG)
by Annie Barrows
Books are at the AR 3 level. See the support page for specifics.

bookcover of The Red PyramidKANE CHRONICLES (some Tweens, MG+)
by Rick Riordan
Books are at the AR 4 level. For specifics see our Rick Riordan support page.

bookcover of DISNEY AFTER DARK (Kingdom Keepers #1) by Ridley PearsonKINGDOM KEEPERS (some Tweens, MG+)
by Ridley Pearson
Books are at the AR 4 and 5 levels

LEGEND 
by Marie Lu
Books in this series are at the AR 4 and 5 levels. See the Legend support page.

bookcover of DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK (Magic Tree House #1) by Mary Pope OsborneMAGIC TREE HOUSE (Kids+)
by Mary Pope Osborne
MTH has something for everyone. Adventure, mild humor, and history around every corner. Teachers love and use this series which kids adore.
Books are at the AR 2, 3 and 4 levels

bookcover of MATCHEDMATCHED (YA+)
by Ally Condie
A girl faces choices in a deterministic society that doesn’t leave love to chance.  The first 2 books are at the AR 4 level.  See the support page here.

bookcover of Angel Experiment by James PattersonMAXIMUM RIDE 
(MG+) 
by James Patterson
 Books are at the AR 4 and 5 levels. For specific numbers see the MAX Ride support page.

bookcover of MAZE RUNNER (Maze Runner #1) by James DashnerMAZE RUNNER Series (MG & YA+)
by James Dashner
Books are at the AR 5 level.  For specifics see the support page.

bookcover of MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25 by Richard Paul EvansMICHAEL VEY (MG & YA+)
by Richard Paul Evans
Books are at the AR 3 and AR 4 level.  For specifics see the support page.

bookcover of MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFEMIDDLE SCHOOL
(MG+)
by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts
This series is at the AR 3 and 4 level.  For specifics see the support page.

bookcover of GLASS HOUSES  Morganville Vampires Vol. 1   by Rachel CaineMORGANVILLE VAMPIRES (YA+)
by Rachel Caine
This series is at the AR 4 and 5 levels.  For specifics on this long series check out the support page.

bookcover of CITY OF BONES (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra ClareMORTAL INSTRUMENTS (YA+)
by Cassandra Clare
Books are at the AR 5 level.  For quiz numbers and more see the support page.

bookcover of Nancy Clancy #1: Super Sleuth  by Jane O'Connor NANCY CLANCY  (Tweens)
by Jane O'Connor
Books are at the AR 3 level.  See the support page for specific book information.


bookcover of The Lightning Thief by RiordanPERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS (some Tweens, MG+)
by Rick Riordan
Books are at the AR 4 level. For specifics see our Rick Riordan support page.

bookcover of STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom AnglebergerORIGAMI YODA (some Tweens, MG+)
by Tom Angleberger
Books are at the AR 4 level.  For quiz numbers and more see the support page.

 bookcover of THE LYING GAMEPRETTY LITTLE LIARS (YA+)
by Sara Shepard
Books are at the AR 4 and 5 levels. For specific numbers see the Pretty Little Liars support page.


RANGER’S APPRENTICE  (MG+)
by John Flanagan
Books are at the AR 6 and 7 levels. (one at AR 5.8)

bookcover of RUBY RED (Ruby Red #1) by  Kerstin GierRUBY RED  (YA)
by Kerstin Gier
Books are at the AR 4 and 5 levels. See the support page for this series (and read an excerpt)

bookcover of WHILE IT LASTS  (Sea Breeze, #3)  by Abbi Glines SEA BREEZE  (YA+)
by Abbi Glines
No reading information available for any of the books in this series.

bookcover of THE ALCHEMYST (SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL #1) by Michael ScottTHE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL (some MG+)
by Michael Scott
Books are at the AR 5 and 6 level.  Working on the list for this.

bookcovers from the SHADOWFALLS series by C.C. HunterSHADOW FALLS (YA+)
by C.C. Hunter
Books are at the AR 4 level. For specifics see our Shadow Falls support page.

bookcover of SHATTER ME (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh MafiSHATTER ME  (YA+)
by Tahereh Mafi
Books are at the AR 5 level. See the support page.


bookcover of  A MARCH OF KINGS  (The Sorcerer's Ring, #2)  by Morgan RiceTHE SORCERER'S RING (YA+)
by Morgan Rice
-working on the list for this series.  There are no reading numbers.

bookcover of THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTIONTHEODORE BOONE: KID DETECTIVE series  (MG+)
by John Grisham
Books are at the AR 5 level. For specific numbers see the Boone support page.

bookcover of THE UNWANTEDS (Unwanteds #1) by Lisa McMannTHE UNWANTEDS  (MG+)
by Lisa McMann
Books are at the AR 5 level. For specific numbers see the Unwanteds support page.

bookcover of UNWIND (Unwind #1) by Neal Shusterman
UNWIND DYSTOLOGY (YA+)
by Neal Shusterman
Books are at the AR 5 level. For specific numbers see the UNWIND support page.

bookcover of TWILIGHT (Twilight #1) by Stephanie MeyerTWILIGHT SAGA (YA+)
by Stephenie Meyer
Books are at the AR 4 level. For specific numbers see our Twilight support page.

bookcover of INTO THE WILD (Warriors #1) by Erin HunterWARRIORS (some Tweens, MG+)
by Erin Hunter
Books are at the AR 3, 4, 5 and 6 levels.

 by Tui T. SutherlandWINGS OF FIRE  (Tweens, MG+) 
by Tui T. Sutherland
Books are at the low AR 5 level.  




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