Want to get a gift for the young reader in your life, but don’t know where to start? Juniper Books has the perfect book set, ready to kick off your summer reading! With books from five famous fantasy series, get your young reader started on their newest adventure with the Series Starter!
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Let’s face it – Harry Potter is one of the staples of fantasy books, with a readership spanning the entire globe! Introduce your young reader to a world of magic, while following Harry through his adventures at the wizarding school of Hogwarts with the first book of the series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. With flying brooms and invisible cloaks, this is the best way to start off the journey into reading!
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
Oh, to find a world of talking animals and mythical creatures in a wardrobe … who hasn’t tried opening their closets to look for it? Another classic in the fantasy world, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe introduces the reader to the wonderful world of Narnia, following the Pevensie siblings into this tale of fantasy, magic, and adventure. In a land of eternal winter enslaved by the White Witch, all hope seems to be lost… but the return of the Lion, Aslan, signals a great change for Narnia – as well as a great sacrifice.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan
Learn all about Greek mythology with this awesome series! Set in modern times, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson faces off with all sorts of enemies from the Iliad and the Odyssey, from hellhounds and harpies to gods and Titans, as he journeys across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction: Zeus’ master bolt. With snarky commentary and relatable humor, The Lightning Thief is the first in a series of fantasy novels dedicated to bringing mythology into the everyday, through the eyes of the budding hero: Percy Jackson.
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Ever wanted an animal familiar whom you can talk to and represent your inner self? Look no further than The Golden Compass, the first of Philip Pullman’s three-book series that is set in a world with dæmons – the physical manifestation of your soul. But with a plot to separate humans from dæmons in order to build a bridge to a parallel world, can Lyra Belacqua and her dæmon Pantalaimon use the mysterious alethiometer to save her friends from being killed by the Gobblers?
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
A series for teens, The Hunger Games introduces the reader to a dystopian world where children must fight to survive in an arena for sport – or die. When her little sister is chosen for the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen immediately steps forward to take her place. She knows that it’s a death sentence; being from District 12, the poorest of the districts, has whittled away at any chance of getting a leg up on the other competitors. But Katniss has been surviving long before being thrown into the arena, relying on her father’s teachings and her hunting skills to keep her family alive. Maybe, just maybe, the odds will be in her favor.