Book recommendations

Hey everyone –

I am constantly being asked for recommendations for books to read, so I figured I should just write a post about it.

The easiest way for me to introduce you to a trove of incredible authors is to direct you to the Renegades of Middle Grade website, which features the work of eighteen fantastic authors with links to their websites.  Plus, there’s even some fun games devised by my fellow author James Ponti that can keep you busy for a while.  Just click here to visit it.

Or click here to see a great trailer for books by thirteen of us, each talking up our books.

That said, I’ll single out some other great authors that I have become friends with over the years.  Just click on their names to access their sites.

Since I’ve already mentioned him, James Ponti writes great, clever mysteries and just published City Spies, which is excellent.

Sarah Mlynowski has books for just about every age that are all funny and extremely creative (sometimes with a bit of romance thrown in).

Christina Soontornvat also has a book for just about every age, although her newest, A Wish In The Dark, comes out the same day that my new book does and it’s wonderful.

Gordon Korman has published 96 books!  So it’s guaranteed that he’s written at least one that you will love.

Karina Yan Glaser writes the endearing Vanderbeekers series.

Ally Carter writes exceptionally good spy stories and has a brand new middle grade book out this month: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor.

Max Brallier writes hilarious illustrated books like The Last Kids on Earth and Galactic Hot Dogs.

Varian Johnson wrote the award-winning Parker Inheritance and the very fun Great Greene Heist.

Liesl Shurtliff has her new Time Castaway series — and many other great books.

Elizabeth Eulberg has the Great Shelby Holmes mysteries — plus lots of YA too.

Leslie Margolis writes the Maggie Brooklyn mystery series.  (She’s also my neighbor!)

If you’re looking for something a little more YA, check out the books of Julie Buxbaum.

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi, just came out and could not have been published at a more appropriate time.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams has won so many awards, they can barely all fit on the cover.  And it deserves them all — and more.

The Parker Inheritance, by the very talented Varian Johnson, is a great mystery with great characters that will also really make you think.

New Kid, a graphic novel by Jerry Craft, has also won a slew of awards.  And deservedly so.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon is a Coretta Scott King honor book.

You have probably already heard of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  But still, if you haven’t read it, you should.

And… this one is for all the adults out there.  My father just published his first book!  It’s an alternative history of the Revolutionary War that wonders what might have happened if George Washington was wounded in battle.  It follows the race to save his life and keep the British from taking advantage of the lack of leadership.  You can get it by clicking here.

And there are so many more that I could list!  Maybe I will get around to adding a few more names to this list when I have more time.  (I’m actually staying very busy right now wrangling my kids and writing more books for you to read.)  But for now, that ought to get you started.

As always, it would be great if you shopped at your local, independent bookstore, or bookshop.org — or even Barnes & Noble, rather than Amazon.

89 thoughts on “Book recommendations

  1. Hi Stuart Gibbs! I love your books, especially the moon base alpha books. I want to be an astronaut when I am older, so these books are my favorites. I hate that they’ve closed down school, but at least I have my books!

  2. Zosia –

    I am glad you are using this time to read. And I hope you keep pursuing that dream of being an astronaut.

  3. I already have books by six of them! And I have an online library account to check out books that I haven’t read, but that gets hard when I don’t have anyone to recommend books to me, so thanks for helping with this boredom. I am also exited for reading tyrannosaurus wrecks, which is on hold. Thanks for still writing and blogging to help us!

  4. Oh, and stu?

    Have you ever read any books by Jen Calonita? She writes the VIP series, and the fairytale reform school series, and the royal academy series, plus more. I haven’t read VIP, but I have all of the ones of hers in the other two series. She writes really good, and she has RA, which is one of my favorites. If you haven’t read any of hers, you should try it.

  5. Erica Hale –

    Jen Calonita is a friend of mine and she is such a nice person that she always sends my daughter her books when they come out. So I have read them — and more importantly, my daughter has. We both think they’re great.

  6. All of the libraries are closed down and the only book that I’ve rented from my last time there is Spy School British Invasion so I’m re-reading it for the 17th time. I could probably type the whole book word for word with no mistakes. (Not actually) Dont forget to wash your hands!

  7. Hi Mr. Gibbs! Your new funjungle book is so good. I have already read it twice in one week! You are one of my favorite authors!!! The book was so good and all the rest of your books are really good. Thanks!!

  8. You are amazing! The Funjungle Series is my favorite but all the others are amazing too. Good job on Tyrannosaurus Wrecks.

  9. Hi Mr. Gibbs!

    I loved your Tyrannosaurus Wrecks book! You are one of my favorite authors ever! I was wondering if you are going to make any more FunJungle books though.

  10. Christina –

    There is zero chance of an early release of SSR. It is extremely hard to release a book early in normal times, so now, when the entire world economy is being impacted by COVID, it is simply not possible. The books still need to be designed, manufactured and shipped — and most of the bookstores on the planet aren’t open. Release dates for books are being pushed back, not forward. I am lucky that SSR is releasing later in the year because hopefully, by then, life will be closer to normal.

  11. Stu
    I love your books!!! You’re my favorite author! Who is your favorite character?

  12. Hey Stuart –

    My son loves ALL of the Spy School books. He just re-read Spy School Goes South and in the section at the back called One Final Note, you said you had to change the scene where Joshua Hall discusses SPYDER’s plan to melt Antartica. He’s curious, what was the original plan? Thanks!

  13. Benjamin Fitzroy –

    I don’t have a favorite character. I work too hard on all of them to say that I like one more than the others.

  14. Jill –

    Originally, when I wrote SSGS, the United States was taking a leading position in trying to fight climate change. On the day I finished the book, Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Accords and basically ceded the leadership position of the US. One could argue that, given the behavior of Trump’s EPA, the US is going backwards, rather than forwards on climate change, which affects the rest of the world’s ability to deal with this crisis.

    So the bad guys’ plans didn’t really change. But originally, they were trying to counteract the measures being taken by the governments of the world to stop climate change. Now, they claim that they are trying to speed up the process.

  15. Curious fan –

    The reason that I have not posted what FJ7 is about is because I am not ready to share that information yet. I will not be reasdy to do that for several months.

  16. Stu
    I love all your series including spy school and FunJungle. I own all the books for spy school and am so excited to read spy school revolution!

  17. Hi Mr. Gibbs!

    First of all I want to say that you and Gordan Korman are my favorite authors. You have helped me expand my vocabulary. My favorite series of yours are the Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. I also liked the Charlie Thorne book. I have read all of said books at least 3 times. Also, this is a random question but, do you think the wage gap exists. I am doing a project for school and I have to ask questions like these. Here is what I am using for the project:
    https://grabify.link/BTNG6S
    Thanks!

  18. Loving Fan –

    Gordon has become a good friend of mine, so it’s nice to hear that you like his books too.

    I think there is definitely a wage gap.

  19. i have an idea for actors

    Erica Hale- Cree Cicchino
    Alexander Hale- Chris hemsworth

    and more but idk how to spell there names!
    love your books! 🙂

  20. When I’m bored all I do is watch some movies eat and watch videos and stay up late. hahaha. Just kidding I spend time with my family we like playing card games, we play my Nintendo, and we go outside and race and exercise.

  21. Have I missed an article on Charlie Thorne and the Lost City? It says it’ll be released in ten months on the top-right

  22. Theo –

    You haven’t missed anything. I have posted the release date but no other info on the book yet. That’s coming in a bit.

  23. Hey stuart! Im 10 years old and i have read all of your series 3 times. I love the Funjungle series and there mysterys! Also question. Will you be beginning a new series anytime soon? Take care- Bryce

  24. Bryce –

    Given that I have three series going right nopw, the chances of me starting another chapter book series any time soon are very slim.

  25. My nine-year-old daughter and I LOVE the Spi School Series. We’ve listened to them all. We’ll listen and lego, listen and drive, listen and lounge, listen and eat…. there’s never a bad time to listen. We’ll be taking a road trip 4-day road trip this summer and can’t wait to use that time to dive into another one of your series.

    Thank you for writing such quick-witted books filled with smart and strong characters. Our favorite character is Alexander Hale, followed by Erika, and Murry 🙂

  26. Thank you for your wonderful Fun Jungle and Spy School books. My son is the most reluctant reader that one will ever meet. He has a learning disability and ODD, so when he made up his mind at 5 years old that he does not want or need to read, it became an every day battle in our house to get him to learn to read, he is now 10 years old. Two years ago we discovered Spy School and he is hooked on the books. I started off trading him one page for a chapter and gradually increased. He waited (impatiently) for six months for your newest Spy School book and read the entire book on his own. Your books and Garfield are still the only books he will regularly read on his own. Thank you for continuing to write series that he loves, from a very grateful mom.

  27. mom of a reluctant reader –

    I am very pleased to hear that I have helped get your son excited about reading. I hope that he now finds other authors whose stories engage him as well. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

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