Read Harder 2018: The First Book in a New-To-You YA or Middle Grade Series

This week’s installment of the Read Harder challenge asks readers to choose the first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series.  With the success of series such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, more and more adults are choosing books aimed towards younger readers – and loving them!  There are many wonderful series to choose from, so we’ve narrowed some down for this post.  You can also check out an extended list – just find the Read Harder 2018 tab and click on “First Book in a YA/Middle Grade Series”. As always, click on a cover or a title to place a hold.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

“Tea’s gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha–one who can wield elemental magic–Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.”

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

“As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.”

The Diviners by Libba Bray

“Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

“Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head — so now no one is safe!”

Want by Cindy Pon

“Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.”




Happy reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference