10. The Books of Beginning
Easily the most exciting books I’ve read since Harry Potter! Upper elementary students (and you!!) will have a hard time putting these books down. The Books of Beginning are three magical books that, together, grant the owner(s) powerful abilities such as traveling through time. Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma must show extraordinary bravery to combat evil sorcerers, discover their talents, and conquer death (or not). The trilogy brings a familiarity of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling while not becoming a tacky copy cat of any of the three. Kids will quickly forget that they “hate” reading once they start into the Books of Beginning.