7 Tween Series I Read as a Kid ...

Even as a kid, I loved to read. I would read anything. If I ran out of books that were totally about my reading level (all those book fairs in school, you know, I was always reading things with titles like, Don't Tell Mom, and I Won't Let Them Hurt You), I was just as happy to turn to some of my favorite series. Before I got into the wildly inappropriate V.C. Andrews series books, I was into some of the more kid-friendly ones. Let's see how many of y'all were with me by taking a look at some of the tween series I read as a kid.

1. The Babysitters Club

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Without question, my favorite tween series I read as a kid was The Babysitters Club. When I was young, about 7 or 8, I didn't notice all the continuity problems (although I still didn't like Dawn). At one time, I owned almost all of these, up to #80 or so, because that's when I got tired of reading them. I'll confess, though, sometimes I pull these ratty old paperbacks out to read them again … but that's another story altogether. By the way, did you know Ann M. Martin only wrote maybe – maybe – 20 books out of the entire series?

2. Fear Street

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I read Goosebumps too, but only for about a year. For one thing, they totally over-saturated the market; there was a new one out every week. For another thing, I read through them too fast! Thirdly, they were not scary; if I wanted a chill, I watched β€œAre You Afraid of the Dark?” on Snick. Lastly, the characters weren't really connected at all, and at least in the more β€œmature” Fear Street series, you heard about the same people sometimes. To be honest, I preferred Christopher Pike because he's got some beautiful prose in his books, but he didn't do a lot of series writing. Oh well, R L. Stine was a worthy second.

3. Sweet Valley High

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This is probably the most inappropriate tween series I read as a kid. I found one of the earliest books in the elementary school library, I have no idea what it was doing there, but I was instantly intrigued. I mean, there were kissing in these books! Jessica almost went all the way! I was shocked! I was appalled! I couldn't stop turning the pages! Actually, I would kind of like to read some more of these. Francine Pascal's little enterprise branched out big time, and the University books, the sagas … I don't know, I think I'd like to read those.

4. Sweet Valley Twins

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Now, this is slightly odd. See, I ended up stumbling over SVH before I ever read about the younger version of the twins. It was a few months afterward that my grandma gave me a bunch of Sweet Valley Twins books for Christmas. You can imagine how shocked I was to discover them so innocent. I distinctly remember reading through one book where Jessica decided to make a rival newspaper because she was PO'd at Liz (surprise, surprise), and giggling to myself, β€œHahaha, you grow up to be slutty, hahaha!”

5. Sleepover Friends

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This is another series that I read courtesy of my grandma. The books were woefully thin; if you've read them, and go back to flip through them as an adult, you can get through them in 10 minutes, really. Still, I liked these. I wanted a sleepover club, too. I only liked Lauren and Patti, and I didn't really have time to fall in love with the books themselves because there weren't very many before the series went belly up. Still, I remember all four girls fondly, and for years I wanted to make spaghetti sauce with anchovies, just like Stephanie.

6. The Saddle Club

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This is one of the only tween series' I read as a kid that I did not like at all, which is probably why I remember the books. Again, a few of them arrived as gifts from my grandma. Bless her heart, she has a million grandchildren, so I know it was always hard to buy presents, but she knew I liked to read and always tried to come through. She just didn't realize that I'm not the biggest fan of horses, I guess. I know I read almost the whole series, but to be perfectly honest, I remember almost nothing about the books beyond their covers.

7. Sweet Dreams

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The Sweet Dreams series of books is probably responsible for my hidden, sporadic affair with romance novels. I loved these books. They seemed so mature, and I was so sure I'd find a boy just as great as every single guy in every single book. Although I read a lot of them, only a few stand out in my mind – and Cowboy Kisses was one of them! I also read P. S. I Love You to pieces, and I seem to remember one about a girl named Sam, who was scarred by … I can't remember. A surfing accident? An interlude with a dolphin?

So there you have it, some of the tween series I read as a kid. Talk about nostalgia! Looking back, some of these were just awful, and yet I still love them, because they got me through tons of rainy afternoons and endlessly stretching summer days. What kinds of books did you read when you were but a tiny little tween?

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