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School librarians often find book series to be both a blessing and a curse. Students who might normally read one book per semester will read three or four books in a series. Hooking students on one series can whet their appetite for more books just like the series they devoured in two weeks.
But these same series can also cause problems. What happens when a student finishes book one in a series and rushes into the library to find that all copies of book two are checked out? What happens if a student begins a series unfamiliar to you and wants to know the order of the books?
Resources to the rescue!
Need to know the order of books in a series?
- Check out the Bettendorf Public Library’s Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels site. Search by author or series title.
- Mid-Continent Public Library also has a Juvenile Series and Sequels site. Search by author, series title, book title, or series subject.
Need ideas of other books to recommend?
- Check out the ATN-Reading Lists Wiki’s Read Alikes page. You’ll find suggestions for a wide range of books, both fiction and nonfiction.
- What Should I Read Next? Enter details (title or author for example) or the ISBN of a book you’ve enjoyed. You’ll be given a list of suggestions. Currently (April 2, 2010) the site has over 70,000 titles in its database with more being recommended by readers daily.
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