Note:  The blue codes indicate that the book can be found on select "Classics Book Lists."

These are my favorite books, including both contemporary and "classics." 

1.  The Inheritance Series, Christopher Paolini
2.  Artemis Fowl Series, Eoin Colfer
3.  Elantris, Brandon Sanderson      AP, TJE
4.  The Percy Jackson Series, Rick Riordan               
5.  Michael Vey - Prisoner of Cell 25, Richard Paul Evans 
6.  Ender's Game (Ender's Series), Orson Scott Card        TJE-y
7.  Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Series), Orson Scott Card
8.  Xenocide (Ender's Series), Orson Scott Card
9.  Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
10.  Inkspell, Cornelia Funke
11.  Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke
12.  Redwall Series, Brian Jacques
13.  Travel Team, Mike Lupica
14.  Summer Ball, Mike Lupica
15.  Blue Fingers:  A Ninja's Tale,  Cheryl A. Whitesel      AP
16.  The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins 
17.  Treasure Island, Robert Luis Stevenson     MCT,GHteen+,TJEy,MWm
18.  The Lonesome Gods, Louis L'Amour
19.  Lord of the Rings Series, J.R.R. Tolkien                     AP, MO
20.  Daniel X, James Patterson
21.  Summer Ball, Mike Lupica
22.  Dragonspell (DragonKeeper Chronicles Book 1), Donita K. Paul
23.  Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke
24.  The Lord of the Flies, William Golding    MCT
25.  To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee     AP,MCT,GHteen+,MWh,WBg7+
26.  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn Green
27. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom                            TJE, MO
28. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
29. The Heroes of Olympus- The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
30. The Heroes of Olympus- The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan
31. Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series (all of them.) Kathryn Lasky
32. Maximum Ride Series (all of them.), James Patterson
33. Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Series), Orson Scott Card
34. The Adventures of Robin Hood, Arthur Pyle             AP,WBg4-6
35. The Mockingjay (Final Book Hunger Games Series), Suzanne Collins
36. Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes                                  AP, MO,WBg4-6,NM*1944
37. Children of the Lamp, Phillip Kerr
38. Xenocide (Ender's Series), Orson Scott Card
39. The Book of Mordred, Vivian Vande Velde
40. The Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan
41. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankwieler, E.L. Konigsburg  MO,GHgr4-6,WBg4-6,NA*1968
42.  Beyonders:  A World Without Heroes, Brandon Mull
43.  The Roar, Emma Clayton
44.  The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury AP,MCT
45.  DragonKnight (DragonKeeper Chronicles Book 3), Donita K. Paul
46.  DragonQuest (DragonKeeper Chronicles Book 2), Donita K. Paul
48.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
49.  Animal Farm, George Orwell AP, TJE-Y,MCT,WBg4-6
50.  The Cardturner, Louis Sachar


  1. Thank you Jack! This information is so valuable for both pre-teen and teen readers... AND their Moms! :)

  2. Jack - This is a great resource. Thank you. And, I'm sure my 13 year old son will thank you. He's struggling with what to read next. This will be a great starting off point.

  3. I just requested teh Guardian series from the Library - can't wait for Andrew to read!

  4. Jack - what age for Artemis Fowl?

    1. I would say about 13+ because there's swearing, there's magic if you don't like that kind of stuff, and it's pretty dark, as Artemis is the "bad guy" in the first book. Hope this helped.

  5. Hi Jack,
    So what do you recommend for Andrew after Guardian's of Ga'Hoole (sp?). He is ripping through the series (thanks for the recommendation!) :)
    Auntie Bonk

  6. ok jack, new series for Andrew, 13? William is 11 now, suggestions? :)