Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harry Potter Week: Growing with a Series

One of the things that have really struck us about the Harry Potter series is that with each book Harry grew a little older. So for all of us who grew up between 1997 and 2007 Harry grew with us. Of course all the kids who are reading Harry for the first time now have the option of reading all the books in one go, but we kind of think that's not nearly as much fun...

We tried to come up with some other series where the main characters also grew up with each book, here are a few of our ideas. Let us know if you can think of others!

The Alice Series by Phylis Reynolds Naylor
Fans of the Alice series have been following the antics of Alice since she was an elementary school girl struggling with life as the only girl in a house with her older brother and father. Now she's in her last years of high school and her concerns are a little greater than shrinking the laundry or burning a batch of cookies. According to Naylor there will be 28 books by the time the series finishes in 2013!

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
When we first meet Percy he's just a twelve year old who's having a hard time making it through school. By the end of the Last Olympian Percy is a hero old enough to drive a car. We haven't had a chance to read The Lost Hero (even librarians have to wait on the hold list) yet, but we are excited to see that Percy will make a return visit.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Miss Anne Shirley is definitely a character who grows and changes throughout the pages of her series. She starts out a feisty, pigtailed orphan becomes the girl with top grades in her Prince Edward Island School and then heads off to teach and I've only told you the highlights of the first couple books. If you are looking for a historical series to suck you in, this is a timeless one.

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