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Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
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Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks

March 13, 2016 0

The very best way to get students reading a lot is to find a series they enjoy. However, finding that series is oftentimes tricky and requires trial and error. Open eBooks has made this process much cheaper by offering the first book in a number of best-selling series. Now you can see if your students like James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series without having to buy a single book.

 

We have scoured Open eBooks looking for authors, titles and series that our kids have enjoyed. Below are several “one-off” books that are the first in a series, organized by author. To be clear, the “one-off” category is much more like Beyonce teasing you with just a couple of songs at the Super Bowl than a one-hit wonder.

 

James Patterson

James Patterson is the 28th best selling author of all time. He’s written or co-authored 147 novels and he’s so prolific that that number will likely be out of date by next week. Below are several of his series that our students have read and enjoyed:

 

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life is the first of seven books in Patterson’s Middle School series. It’s humorous, but poignant realistic fiction that follows Rafael “Rafe” Khatchadorian’s first year in middle school and the struggles he has fitting in and following the rules. The book includes non-stop jokes, illustrations on nearly every page and text that is slightly harder than Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries.

  • Perfect for a precocious elementary school student or a struggling middle schooler.

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I Funny: A Middle School Story is the first of four books in the I Funny series. The series follows the life of it’s protagonist, Jamie. Despite being orphaned in middle school and being confined to a wheelchair, Jamie perseveres to reach his dream of becoming a kid comic. Students who enjoy the Middle School series are certain to enjoy the I Funny series as well.

  • Perfect for a precocious elementary school student or a struggling middle schooler.

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Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel has been a wildly popular book in our classroom. In this series, 14 year-old Max and her family of super-hero-esque mutants must battle the laboratory and doctor who made them. As the series progresses, Max learns she was created to save the world. Your students will want to read to the end to find out if she can.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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Witch & Wizard is a mash-up of dystopian fantasy and magical fantasy – akin to Harry Potter battling it out in the Hunger Games arena. In Witch & Wizard, Whit and Wisty must overcome a totalitarian government using their magical powers.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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In Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Daniel is a 15-year-old alien in human form whose mission is to find and destroy evil aliens that threaten earth. This book follows Daniel’s quest to find and kill Ergent Seth, the 6th alien on Daniel’s most wanted list.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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Stephanie Meyer

The Twilight series has sold over 100 million copies, but now eponymous first book in the series is available on Open eBooks. And, instead of giving you a summary of the book, I’ll let some of my favorite folks explain why you your kids will love it.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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After wrapping up the Twilight series, Meyer went on to write three books in the The Host trilogy. The series begins on Earth in a post-apocalyptic era. Aliens, known as Souls have come down to Earth and they take over the bodies of humans. The first book captures the journey of Wanderer, a Soul that has taken over the body of a human named Melanie.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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Darren Shan

Darren Shan, the pen name for author Darren O’Shaughnessy, is also the name of the main character in the Cirque du Freak series. A bestseller and cult classic, this series follows Darren as he becomes mixed-up in the mysterious and dangerous world of vampires.

  • Perfect for middle schoolers or struggling high schoolers.

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Need help implementing this with your students? Contact Rob via email at Rob@GrowingReadersDC.com or Matt via email at Matt@Growing ReadersDC.com

 

Also, check out our other articles on Open eBooks here.

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