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12 Book Series That Your Reader May Enjoy

After reading about the Amy Hodgepodge book series I decided to put together a small list of book series that your reader may find interesting. These books either feature african american protagonists and/or are written by an african american. 

 

1. Amy Hodgepodge Series ( 6 Books) 

Book 1 - All Mixed Up

Synopsis: After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a real school. On Amy's first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different. Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname, Amy Hodgepodge, since she's a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends will want to include her, too.

  • Book 2 - Happy Birthday to me
  • Book 3 - Lost and Found
  • Book 4 - Playing Games
  • Book 5 - The Secrets Out
  • Book 6 - Digging Up Trouble

Recommended for ages 7-10 years of age

Author: Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts

First book published in 2008

 

2. Jaden Toussaint Series (5 books)

 Book 1 - The Quest For Screen time

Synopsis: Jaden Toussaint, 5 year-old scientist and all around cool dude, is on a mission to convince the grown-ups that he needs more SCREEN TIME. His only weapons are science, ninja dancing, and his super-powered brain power. Can Jaden Toussaint get the grown-ups to change their minds?

  • Book 2 - The Ladek Invasion
  • Book 3 - Muffin Wars
  • Book 4 - Attack of The Swamp Thing
  • Book 5 - Mission Star Power

Recommended for ages 6-8

Author: Marti Dumas

First book published in 2015

 

3. Swift Walker Series (3 books)

  Book 1 - A Continental Journey

Synopsis: Join Swift Walker as his speedy legs take him on a journey across the world to Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica. Beautiful, full color illustrations. 

  • Book 2 - A Journey Around The Oceans
  • Book 3 - A Space Adventure

Recommended ages 4 and up

Author: Verlyn Tarlton

Ilustrator: Alejandro Chamberlain

First book published in 2015

 

4. Miami Jackson Series ( 3 books)

 Book 1 - Miami Jackson Gets it Straight

Synopsis: MIAMI JACKSON CAN’T wait for school to end. But who ever thought five days could be so long? His teacher is leaving for Ghana, his arch-enemy, Destinee Tate, is on his case, and now Miami’s keeping secrets from his best friend, String. Summer can’t come soon enough!

  • Book 2: Miami Jackson Makes The Play
  • Book 3: Miami Jackson Sees It Through

Recommended ages 6-9 years

Author: Patricia  & Frederick McKissack

First book published 1999 (new editions have been published since then)

 

5. Twintuition Series (4 Books)

 Book 1: Double Vision

Synopsis: When their mother’s new job forces them to move from bustling San Antonio to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas, Caitlyn tries to stay positive, focusing on meeting new people and having new adventures. Cassie, on the other hand, is convinced that it’s only a matter of time until they’ll be sick of Aura and ready to move back to the big city.

But being the new kids isn’t their only challenge. The girls start experiencing strange visions, and they must work together to change the future before it can happen.

  • Book 2: Double Trouble
  • Book 3: Double Dare
  • Book 4: Double Cross

Recommended ages 8-12 years

Author(s): Tia & Tamera Mowry

First book published in 2015

 

6. Demarcus Jones Series (4 Books)

 Book 1: Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar

Synopsis: "It does seem like Black people didn't exist before slavery..., even when we talk about world history," 10 year old Demarcus explained to his mom after a rough day at school. Join the historical adventure of Demarcus Jones as he discovers the secret Solar Calendar that takes him to far away places, where time has no control. He meets actual historical figures, who tell him of true events that have happened to the Black diaspora in the past. Demarcus follows these people during their time as he watches past events unfold right before his eyes. This book will leave the reader excited and wiser than he or she was before reading. and the Solar Calendar Black Facts introduced by Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar : Abu Bakari, Tulsa Race Riot, King Hatshepsut, General Barca, Rosetta Stone, Origin of Greek philosophy, African civilization, Pre-columbian Black American history and Much Much More

  • Book 2: Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar II
  • Book 3: Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar III
  • Book 4: Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar IV

Recommended ages 10 and up

Author: Quineka Ragsdale

First book published in 2010

 

7. Clubhouse Mysteries Series (6 Books)

 Book 1: The Buried Bones Mystery

Synopsis: In simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions, the first book in the Clubhouse Mysteries. Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs, and share exciting adventures. In The Buried Bones Mystery, the boys build a clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard, where they uncover a box of bones while digging to bury their secret treasures. But when the boys try to hide their treasures, they're swept up in a mystery more intriguing -- and scary -- than anything they could have imagined. Who could have buried a box of bones behind their clubhouse?

  • Book 2: Lost in the Tunnel of Time
  • Book 3: Shadows of Caesar's Creek
  • Book 4: The Space Mission Adventure
  • Book 5: The Backyard Animal Show
  • Book 6: Stars and Sparks on Stage

Recommended ages 8-12 years

Author: Sharon M. Draper

Illustrator: Jesse Watson

First book published in 2006.

 

8. Jada Jones Series (3 books)

 Book 1: Jada Jones Rockstar

Synopsis: When Jada Jones's best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She'd much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada's teacher announces a class project on rocks and minerals, Jada finally feels like she's in her element. The only problem: one of her teammates doesn't seem to like any of Jada's ideas. She doesn't seem to like Jada all that much, either. Can Jada figure out a way to make a winning science project and a new friend?

Book 2: Class Act

Book 3: Sleepover Scientist (pre-order here for 2019 release)

Recommended ages 6 - 8 years of age

Author: Kelly Starling Lyons

Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley Newton

First book published in 2017

 

 

9. Track Series (4 books) 

 Book 1: Ghost

Synopsis: Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

  • Book 2: Patina
  • Book 3: Sunny
  • Book 4: Lu (pre-order here for Oct 2018 release)

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Author: Jason Reynolds

First book published in 2016

 

10. Dork Diaries Series (13 books)

 Book 1: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life

Synopsis: Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Timesbestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

  • Book 2: Tales From A Not-So-Popular Party Girl
  • Book 3: Tales From A Not-So-Talented Pop Star
  • Book 3 1/2: How to Dork Your Diary
  • Book 4: Tales From A Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
  • Book 5: Tales From A Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All
  • Book 6: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker
  • Omg, All About Me Diary - Journal Questions
  • Book 7: Tales From A Not-So-Glam Tv Star
  • Book 8: Tales From A Not-So-Happily ever after
  • Book 9: Tales From A Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen
  • Book 10: Tales From A Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter
  • Book 11: Tales From A Not-So-Friendly Frenemy
  • Book 12: Tales From A Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe
  • Book 13: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Birthday (Pre-order here for Aug 2018 release)

Recommended ages 9-13 years of age

Author: Rachel Renee Russell

First book published in 2009

 

11. Ellray Jakes Series ( 9 books)

 Book 1: Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken

Synopsis: EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by fellow classmate Jared Matthews. But when EllRay tries to defend himself, he winds up in trouble. Then his dad offers him a deal: If he stays out of trouble for one week, they'll go to Disneyland! EllRay says he can do it. But saying it and doing it are two very different things.

  • Book 2: Ellray Jakes is A Rockstar
  • Book 3: Ellray Jakes Walks The Plank
  • Book 4: Ellray Jakes The Dragon Slayer
  • Book 5: Ellray Jakes and The Beanstalk
  • Book 6: Ellray Jakes is Magic
  • Book 7: Ellray Jakes Rocks The Holidays
  • Book 8: Ellray Jakes The Recess King 
  • Book 9: Ellray Jakes Stands Tall

Recommended ages 6-8 years

Author: Sally Warner

Ilustrator: Brian Biggs

First book published in 2011

 

12. Crossover series (3 books)

  Book 1: Crossover

Synopsis: "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

  • Book 2: Booked
  • Book 3: The Rebound (prequel to Crossover)

Recommended ages 10-12 years

Author: Kwame Alexander

First book published 2014

 

See any favorites on your list? how many out of 12 did you know about before reading this list? What book series would you add? 
 

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