Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: More, Please (Series Books)

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning - (ISBN: 978-0062206046)

by Lemony Snicket

The three Baudelaire siblings, now orphans, find themselves “adopted” by the bad Count Olaf, and life becomes even worse for them. After Count Olaf discovers he will not be inheriting their fortune, they become his “slaves” and must, among other indignities, cook for his entire theater company. To revel in their misfortunes, pick up this book and begin reading. For a complete list of books in the <i>A Series of Unfortunate Events</i> series, see <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/series/42069”>here</a>.

Anne of Green Gables - (ISBN: 978-1613823767)

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne is taken aback when she arrives at her adoptive home and hears the Cuthberts, her new “parents,” asked for a boy. Anne’s scrapes somehow endear her to Marilla and Matthew, the brother and sister who adopt her. Her irrepressible personality goes along with her red hair and her determination to do what SHE thinks is right. Children and adults of all ages have loved the <i>Anne of Green Gables</i> books for many years. Try another one if you enjoyed this one.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery - (ISBN: 978-1416928171)

by James Howe

It seems reasonable that Toby should take home a tiny rabbit he finds in a movie theater, but from the family dog’s point of view, the new household member may just be a vampire! Why else would he have sharp fangs, wear something like a cape, and make nightly ventures out of bed? Read this first book in the <i>Bunnicula</i> series and find out more about this phantom(?) vampire.

Katie and the Cupcake Cure - (ISBN: 978-1442422759)

by Coco Simon

In the opening book of <i>The Cupcake Diaries</i> series, Katie is hurt when her best friend starts hanging out with more popular girls. After she gets the idea to offer acceptance through cupcakes, the new club she forms yields her friends and a bit of cash. What other enterprises could you start that might help you survive middle school?

The Lightening Thief - (ISBN: 978-1423116967)

by Rick Riordan

In the kickoff book to the <i>Percy Jackson and the Olympians</i> series, a time traveling adventurer, who is really a descendant of the mythical Poseidon, returns to Olympus and re-experiences some of the most adventurous Greek myths and the original heroes. Percy and friends, one of whom is a daughter of the original Athena, must go into the dark bowels of Hades to try to recover a lost thunderbolt. Enjoy the Greek myths with a new twist!

How to Train Your Dragon - (ISBN: 978-0316085274)

by Cressida Cowell

Nate the Great - (ISBN: 978-0385730174)

by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

The Knights of the Kitchen Table - (ISBN: 978-0142400432)

by Jon Scieszka

The Sports Pages - (ISBN: 978-0061963773)

by Jon Scieszka

Activities for this Theme

Compare the Anne of Green Gables books to the PBS movies made about Anne’s life. Which type of media do you prefer?


Visit the Magic Tree House website for games and other adventures, all available with a free and easy registration.


If you have read all the books in one series, try searching here for similar books.


Try the Lemony Snicket games and activities to test your word skills. 


After reading Riordan’s book, test your knowledge of: