Middle Schoolers + Epically Long Series = Match!

By Chris B. Thu, April 16, 2020

While everyone is stuck at home, boredom may already be setting in. One way to alleviate boredom is to read or reread a book series (the more volumes, the better!). If you don't have a full series at home, check out the Free Library's Digital Media page. There are a lot of great ways to access your favorite stories from this page, including ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels.  Each database on the page is separate, so if you don't find a book or an author in one, try searching for them in another! 

One of my favorite series is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. When I was a children's librarian, I used to make up word searches and crosswords for young patrons during the summer months to keep them entertained. If you're a Potter fan and you're looking for something to do, try giving this word search or this crossword puzzle a go:

Dumbledore's Word Search

Harry Potter and the Crossword Challenge


Another series I love to reread is Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book spans 13 volumes, plus a companion series (All the Wrong Questions), which make for a fun few days of reading. Try your hand at these challenging puzzles once you've read the series:

The Woeful Word Search

The Convoluted Code


If you're looking for other books to read, here's a link to a booklist, What Do I Read Next?, I kept during my time in the branches. I've reformatted it to make it searchable and it's easiest to use the find feature (PC: ctrl + F; Mac: Command + F) to find your child's favorite author. There is a list of suggestions under each name, made from recommendations from librarians and other patrons over the years. Books in the Picture Book category that are marked with an asterisk (*) are great for new readers. 

Do you have any suggestions to update the list? Let me know in the comments below!

Fight off boredom (and Voldemort) with the Harry Potter series
Fight off boredom (and Voldemort) with the Harry Potter series
Or battle monotony (a word here which means
Or battle monotony (a word here which means "when can I go outside again?" with the Baudelaire orphans.
Or evade ennui with a young volunteer-in-training.
Or evade ennui with a young volunteer-in-training.

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