High Interest Book Series

The most popular books at Carterville Elementary!

The 39 Clues Series

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AR Range 4.0-5.3

The first series revolves around Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who upon their grandmother's death discover that the Cahill family has shaped most of world history. Family members compete against each other in a hunt for the 39 Clues, ingredients to a serum, the source of the family's power. Each book chronicles one location to which Amy, Dan, and Nellie travel and focuses on one historical character with whom a Clue has a link. The main narrative focuses on Amy and Dan's pursuit of the Clues while evading the sabotage of their competitors: Cahills from the other branches.

  • The 39 clues series is written by many popular children's authors.
  • The first series contains 10 books. There are 3 spinoff series.

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Kingdom Keepers Series

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AR Range 4.2-5.4

When Finn and four other teenagers are chosen to be transformed into Daylight Hologram Images (DHIs), or holographic hosts at Disney World, their lives are turned upside down. Not only are they unable to visit the theme park as normal guests because of their notoriety, they also begin to get sucked into an alternate reality in their sleep, and literally wake up inside Disney World at night. The five of them must solve a fable and save the park from forces of evil, led by Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent.

Written by Ridley Pearson

5 books are in this series.

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KK1-Ridley Describes the Novel

AR Ranges 4.8-5.6

Alex Rider is a series of spy novels about a 14-15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series contains 10 novels, and is written by Anthony Horowitz.

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The Shadow Children Series

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AR Range 4.8-5.6

In a future society that allows only two children per family, all third children are in danger from the dreaded Population Police, and these forbidden kids must work together to survive. Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children books are a huge hit with today's young readers, and now fans can own all seven thrillers from the best-selling series. Kids won't be able to stop turning the pages of each gripping read!

The Missing Series

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AR Range 5.0-5.7

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere - and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives.

Do Jonah and chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?

Written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Missouri Award Lists

Students of all ages can read a number of titles on the nominees list, and then vote for their favorite book! This is a great way to introduce students to many different genres and authors that they might normally not choose.

Sophie Miller Series

AR Range 2.8-3.1

Everything about Sophie Miller is boring and average, even her hometown, Ordinary, Virginia. Like Nate the Great, Ramona the Brave, and Harriet the Spy, the spunky third-grader wants a different name that calls out special. After deciding on Sophie the Awesome, she realizes she must prove her nickname to make it stick with her classmates, but being awesome is harder than Sophie thinks.

Kylie Jean Series

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AR Range 3.1-4.1

From blueberries to beauty pageants, second grader Kylie Jean wants to be the queen of everything! But in her quest to be the best, this young southern belle learns a few lessons of her own. Mischievous, delightful, and fun, this series will be at the top of every young girl's list!

Jason Strange Series

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AR Range 3.1-3.9

A town full of zombies, a creaky old movie theatre, shadows in the night on a camping trip, a boarded-up video club with no way out. These stories will make you shiver. Read these with the light on as Jason Strange takes you into a world of spine-tingling suspense.

Perfectly Princess Series

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AR Range 2.8-3.1

A spunky new series for any girl who dreams of being a princess. The book even looks magical --- it's printed on pink pages!

Treasure Hunters Series

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AR Range 4.6-5.3

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear n the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents--and find out if they're still alive.