Top 10 Book Series for Teens

There are thousands of story books to read. From Harry Potter to Hunger Games to Alex Rider. Wondering which to read? Here you'll find the top 10 story-books having everything from action to a beautiful story to a topping of romance. Suggested by a hardcore, dedicated book-worm these books are mainly for the teenage type...

The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter was the best and interesting series I have ever read. Thank you J.K. Rowling for writing the book.

Honestly, books are NOT my thing... But when I started reading Harry Potter out of boredom I couldn't stop reading it! I always used to sneakily read it during class and boring history lectures. It absolutely takes me into a different world and gets me imagining all sorts of things! Now I'm really sad the whole series ended and I already read the whole thing... But what the hell? I'm reading it again! BEST BOOK EVER! Love you miss Rowling!

Are you kidding me? Harry Potter is the best book ever and it should unarguably be at the top of the list. There's not a dull or boring moment in it.J. K Rowling has created a whole new world that everybody can find a place in it. It's magical but at the same time it has logic. It's everything a book should be.

This book series is actually for everyone who has good taste in books. I started reading these when I was 9 and despite finishing the series, I read a chapter of my favourite Harry Potter book The Philosophers stone every night!

2 Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

The idea of the Percy Jackson is again very innovative and new. No other story like it. And most of all completely ACTION-PACKED! Only the plot isn't as well executed as some others and the odds are too much in Percy's favour

Bringing mythology to the modern world was a lot more interesting to read about than I thought. I was hesitant to begin this series but glad I did. Percy has an amazing way of narrating and is also very humorous. I loved the fights as well and how he never backed down, even when the situation seemed impossible. Annabeth was also a fun character to read about and I wish there was more Grover in this series! Thank goodness there was another series following this one because I needed more Percy to read!

I was always into Greek Mythology, even before I started reading the series. Percy Jackson is my favorite book series EVER, even beating Harry Potter for my, which is HUGE. It helped me learn a lot of Mythology while keeping me hooked and reading one after another in two days, which actually isn't long at all to me. It's just my favorite series ever, and I was crying when it was over. Thank goodness for Heroes of Olympus!

TOTALLY OBSESSED! I love Percy Jackson! If you have not read them then you are a sad person! I actually have a crush on percy and ya. I love these books so much that I would love to actually be a demigod!

3 Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I think the Hunger games is the best series of all time! I have read so many books but none of them stick to me as the hunger games did. It had so many different idea's in one book it is my Favourite book series! I strongly regimen this series. Huger games is by far the best book EVER!

A terrifying and exhilarating series. Very violent with a surprise round every corner. Brilliantly plotted.

The hunger games has a great story that will keep you hooked through all the books if you are willing to put up with horrible characters

Sorry, but the characters aren't half bad compared to Bella and Edward and all them. At least In the Hunger Games they grow and develop and learn, unlike Bella, the girl who did literally nothing. - SassyEquine

Okay, as much as I love The Hunger Games, it's a little overrated. You guys should read Gregor The Overlander, another book series written by Suzanne Collins. I think love it more than The Hungers Games. It's incredible

4 The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

This is the series of books that really got me hooked to reading! I got the first book as a Christmas present and was immediately hooked. By February, I had and read all of this series. This series of books is one of my favorites and I can honestly say I have read it about 5 times and can quote it! Because of this series, I have brought all of Mr. Shan's books and he has a section, a very large one I might add, on my book shelf! He is my favorite author and I have had the pleasure to meet him! I have to read this series again! It's full of action and very emotional and because of my excessive talking of these books, my friends know everything about them though they haven't read them! Love it so much!

I absolutely love the Saga of Darren Shan because it was the first ever horror series I read in my life and after reading it I have gotten so gripped with his books that I just can't get enough of them. All the series that he has wrote are amazing and mind blowing. So if you are ever bored with life just grab a Darren Shan book and you will enter an astonishing realm of all things demonic and dark. The Saga of Darren Shan is jaw dropping and will suck you into the world of Vampires. My favourite quote from the series is " Even In Death May You Be Triumphant ". Finally I would like to say a MASSIVE thanks to Darren Shan for being an awesome author

This was the series that made me start reading. I am dyslexic and so found it difficult to read but since stumbled upon these books I haven't stopped. I have read everything Darren has written and I have to say these books are his best work. They have deep characters and an awesome plot, with great twists. The thing I like about this series is how easy it is to pick up and read; it has no over complicated plot and it is really easy to follow. Furthermore, the characters are believable, making you either cheer for them or hate them. There was also a few times when a tear was brought to my eye. I would recommend this series to anyone of any age.

Although I've loved reading my entire life, it was with this series that I understood the "couldn't put the book down" trope wasn't just a cliche. I missed trains because I was sitting in my room, one sock on, reading furiously.
I laughed out loud, I felt tension, excitement and fear- I cried openly several times, including one notable moment that involved throwing Killers of the Dawn across my room and shouting at it. Those who've read it, you know the chapter I mean. Dammit I felt some serious emotions in this series.
After I finished The Saga, I read Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley, and The Thin Executioner- and oh, goodness, if I could recommend just one author to a teenage reader, Darren would be it. (I assume every teen already knows about Ms Rowling. Who doesn't? )

5 The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I absolutely ADORE this series! I just finished City of Fallen Angels (Book 4) and I am literally counting down the minutes until I can go get book 5. I have to say that my favorite series are Rick Riordan's books but this series is AMAZING and seriously deserved to be a lot higher.

I am obsessed with books. I have literally read all the books on this list plus more and this series seemed like the best. I started reading it and literally finished the series in a week. I know, nothing is better than Harry Potter but seriously...

Love this series! It will keep on the edge till the very end... Now I truly understand the meaning of "can't to stay away"... Why isn't this in the top 3?!?!? 5 STARS!

I prefer Harry Potter definitely but these are my second favourite books I adore them and I'm obsessed with them! The characters and the plot and the whole world are so great they should be higher

6 Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull

I have to say, Brandon Mull easily became one of my favorite YA authors. I originally got his book, "The Candy Shop Wars", for a road trip with my two boys (6 and 8 at the time). We fell in love with the story and the sense of adventure that pulled us into the story and left us invested in the various characters. So for the next trip the boys requested more by Brandon Mull. that is when I found Fablehaven. Wow! The story was absolutely amazing, and had my husband and me on the edge of our seats as much as both the boys. The whole family binge listened to this series, and the boys have both listened to it at least twice more each in the last couple years. This series helped develop my kids love for books, adventures, and reading.

If you haven't read this series you need to stop reading and go NOW!

OK I see you need a little more convincing okay so first of all if you don't know who Brandon Mull is, he is a really creative author and writes many good series. I'm 13 and I read lots of series and Fablehaven is one of my most favorite series tied with, The Lunar Chronicles and the Percy Jackson/Hero of Olympus series.
This is one of my first series and it made me stay up at 3am in the morning just to finish one of the books and I've read it a couple hundred times but yeah its totally worth it! It kept me on edge every page and the story isn't slowpaced which is a big problem in most series I've read. I've suggested my whole lunch table to read this book and we are all really big fans of this series and the other series listed above. (we have like really big debates on which of them is better but yeah) I would rate this a 100 star if possible.

HAPPY READING!

7 Parvana Series by Deborah Ellis
8 War Guests Series by Kit Pearson
9 The Demonata by Darren Shan

I got the first book when I was in a mental hospital. And I was hooked. I only laid it down, when I had to go to therapy and ordered the next books to be sent straight to the hospital. The story is just wonderful! After the German ones were done (they didn't translate them all) I straight without any hesitation bought the following books in English. Kernel is so much like me and Grubbs... Man, don't get me started on book 8! Darren Shan is an awesome Writer! I started to listen to the audiobooks and because I know what will happen, I start to cry before anything ever really happens! Those book have really caught me and will probably never release me again! ;D

This series got me truly hooked on books, Darren is also the only author I can read over and over again without getting bored. The feels in this book were ridiculous and as I read them again at an older age they are the books that got me into writing myself. Honestly some of the greatest books I've ever read.

Got me into reading books as I never really gave them a chance. After reading the first one I was hooked, brilliant plot which keeps you second guessing and sharing with my friends made the books that much better. Felt like an addict waiting for the next book to come out.

The characters in the Demonata series be came a real part of my life. They are like my friends. Lord Loss was the first book I read form Darren Shan's books and since then Darren Shan has been my favorite author, and Demonata my favorite series.

10 Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I love this series. What do you mean, the plot is not executed well? I hate Jason 2

This should so be higher up. If you saw the all caps explosion of fangirl above. That was me. These are perhaps even better than the original books. They are filled with great lovable characters who had great lovable flaws. They go through a lot and develop and change and live and die (maybe possibly, no spoilers here! ) together. They seven main characters include characters from the old books and some new ones as well. There is rarely a dull moment and are ABSOLUTELY worth the read.

Full of non-stop action that makes you want to keep reading. A very brilliant and innovative sequel of Percy Jackson. Only, the plot again isn't as well executed again.

This should be up with the original Percy Jackson series. I love both series with all of my heart and each one of the characters is SO unique and amazing in their own ways. I'd recommend the books to ANYONE. If you haven't read them, do it. You won't regret it.

The Contenders

11 The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

I LOVE this series ngl I have read them about 5 times. The movies are really good two!

Best series to read, gets you hooked automatically. even though Jacob is a little possessive. lol

WHAT? This Series is atrocious!

I just like the 1st book

12 Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book series is Amazing! It is clearly the best. You will surly be disapointed when it ends. I want to read them over again. Veronica Roth dud a fantastic job. This should without a doubt be at the top of the list!

Amazing, this book had me hooked from the start and had me reading the rest nonstop. This was a compelling story of love compassion and the true meaning of bravery.

This book changed everything for me it helped my love for books grow he is is an amazing example for girls everywhere she is brave and selfless and even though she goes through some rough patches in her life she exceeds at everything she does

Way to complicated. The characters took way too much time just trying to explain things, and it was SO boring. I VERY RARELY ever stop reading a book with out finishing it, especially dystopias, but I gave up on this one about half way through. So dull, so plain, I couldn't force myself to like it. - SassyEquine

13 I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I am 12 years old and I have read a fair amount of books for my age and this is hands down the best. I cannot believe that this is all the way up at 16 this should be #1. I just bought a ereader and this is the first book I bought. Bofore this I have just been buying hard copies and not one of the has come anywhere close to as good as this. It consists of 34 chapters and took me about a day and a half to read. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Rent it from the library, boy it, I don't care, just read it!

This is a good series. I love it. It is a really good series. I like it. It is really good.

AMAZING series! Read all seven books and they just get better and better!

Such a good book I couldn't stop reading. Definitely recommend!

14 The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Beats all the book series all the way, yes, including Harry Potter. I'm avid reader since the age of 6 and I've read hundreds of books and all I can say is that, no books ever could best LOTR. I read Harry Potter when I was 16 and Lord of the Rings when I was 17, and I have to start telling people off for liking Harry Potter more after I finished reading both of the series. Yeah, Harry Potter is too a good series, no deny, but LOTR is just so awesome that... That it is indescribable in words, you know? Those beautifully written characters, suspension story and exciting adventures of Frodo keeps you going all the way! And may I demand, why is LoTR ranked 5? And Darren Shan series third and fourth? Must be the crazy fans... Percy Jackson is a great series too, guys. Percy is full of humor but he's a little dumb sometimes. Darren Shan books are like sleeping pills; I feel asleep reading them (no offense guys) because they're boring. Seriously no offense. Anyway, LoTR is the best series ...more

Hands down this is the best book series ever and Tolkien is without question the greatest author (not counting Shakespeare) but when it comes to series for teens to read I'd say books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the inheritance cycle, the hunger games and divergent are all better - maverick88

How the hell is this Number Eight?! Should DEFINITELY be higher ranked. And don't leave out the Hobbit!

Well executed and a beautiful plot. Almost flawless...

Greatly executed series, flawless. Tolkien created a book before it's time. Although I recommend it to those who have a higher reading level. I personally believe it should be #1.

15 Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

Spectacular series. It's my favourite and once I started reading the series I couldn't stop! And what about this Darren Shan thing! I have never heard about it and I don't think it deserves to be in front of such sensational books like hunger games, Percy Jackson, and Alex rider! Who Agrees with me give me a thumbs up!

A wonderful and completely new story. Action-packed and ingenious. It never has a dull moment and is filled with action. Alex Rider is a reluctant teenage spy working for MI6 and is in my opinions the best series!

Theses books are great for adventure lovers. Such an original story line is always nice to see, especially one as exiting and well written as the Alex Rider series. I LOVE these book and have read every one.

The best unmatched book of all time, just better than Harry potter had to choose between this and Harry potter but surely this is better, too many gadgets and a full unexpected twisting the end, awesome

16 The Diary of the Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Teens should not be reading these, at least, they shouldn't still be on this reading level. If you are then I'm not hating or anything, reading is hard for some people, but these are not the best books for teens. I still read them for fun sometimes, just for a little trip down memory lane, but I wouldn't do a book report on these after fifth grade. - SassyEquine

Nooo! Not for teens, for babies.

This series has been going on way too long. Jeff Kinney is flogging a dead horse. They used to be semi-interesting but now the author keeps on farting out lame books that are supposed to make me pity the main character but just make me hate him. Just because you can publish more it doesn't mean you should.

Here's a shocker: popularity does not equal quality!

Well, sometimes, I read them to take a trip down memory lane, but I am sure after 5th grade, people won't like you reading these kind of books though - AzureCrystals

I like format of this books, there's drawing and paper inside this book is great and I like type of written...

17 Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Don't get me wrong I love Harry Potter, but I always have Artemis Fowl as number one, the criminal mastermind kept me captive in all of his 8 books, I began to love him with Holly, Butler, Juliet and Foaly.

LOTR is good but very long it makes you to watch the movies instead, Percy Jackson I got bored in mid series, Twilight Is very badly written, and the Hunger games has that little blip about being a copy of "Battle Royale" (Although I do like it a lot)

A very fast and exciting story. With its laugh out loud jokes and extremely modern technology, Artemis really hooks readers. A very new idea and a spectacular mix of myth, modernity, magic and crime.

This is a wonderful story about a criminal teen that at the end saved the world!
I LOVE HIM!

This should be higher, I mean harry potter is number one.? don't get me wrong its great, but its sooo overrated and artemis fowl never gets old

18 Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

This trilogy was one of the best I've ever read. James Dashner is an excellent writer and isn't afraid to add curve balls here and there. You will never put the books down, so don't expect a lot of sleep. I usually don't cry when I read, but reading this I was crying, laughing, getting freaked out, living, and dying with all of the characters. After finishing you won't know what to do with your life! This trilogy will make you forget that you even exist and you'll be transported to another world. Anyone looking for a good read should definitely go to the library and check out the Maze Runner trilogy!

Thou shall not read this series alone without a heap of ice cream and a big box of tissues. - Fandom_Lover

Newt is perfect. Why isn't this higher, Newt is perfect.

I would have voted for Harry Potter, but it's high enough. I absolutely loved this trilogy.

19 Middle School by James Patterson
20 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I have loved these since I learned to read. Even though the series is great for teens; it is also great for just about any age.

This isn't really for teenagers? It's still awesome though

Whimsical, philosophical, and fun. Perfect for all ages.

Nice books actually - AzureCrystals

21 Warriors by Erin Hunter

Warriors is an amazing series with many great plots. For one, the characters are all very well developed. Second of all, the overall story line is so creative and well developed. And the books are for, well, almost all ages! It is one of the longest series that I have ever read, which brings up another point: it is enjoyed by many people. It would have to be, or else the Hunters would have stopped writing at book five. Also, the quotes and words of these books are so true and can by applied to anything.
Finally, the authors' voice is strong and suspenseful, which enraptures and enganges the read and almost makes me (at least! ) feel like I am fighting beside Ivypool, laughing with Graystripe and feeling Briarlight's sadness as she was parelized from her hind legs down. This series can be applied to any time period from 2000 up and it is one of the best series I have ever read. I don't only read Warriors, I now live in a different world, a world of Warriors.

First off if you like cats you will like these books. Second if you like murder mysteries you will like these books. Third if you like poetic-ness you will like these books. Fourth if you like forbidden love you will like these books. Fifth if you like organized... (whiskers twitch) Okay I think you get the idea.

Warriors is AWESOME! I feel like I'm with the Clans.

This book is a song, one that makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you smile.

22 Goosebumps

Love goosebumps, amazing books

23 Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

A very very beautiful story. The plot is excellent and very well executed. A bit more action and a little less stretched and it would be at the top.

So true. I was sad when Eragon didn't get together with Arya though...

24 Zom-B by Darren Shan

Zom-B is a well written story focusing on the problems young teens face when they perceive faults in their parents or caregivers it also shows that the most valuable asset to survival is human kindness

It may be for teens but the way B thinks (as written by Darren Shan), adults could pick up a note or two! Great book!

Excellent series warren than is amazing

I just read the review. But I interested. I hope I can read all of them ASAP! I always try to be a Shanster. Mr. Shan is amazing!

25 Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

These books never get enough credit. I have never waited so eagerly for a book in my whole life. I was extremely disappointed when not many people know this series quite well. - MyaCastallana

Love these books have every single one

I think this should be second

WHY IS THIS NOT ON THE TOP 10!?! Please tell me people have read this series. I read it and its REALLY REALLY AWESOME. The characters are just amazing, and, omigod, the personality, their humor, the jokes, Skulduggery is AWESOME. Valkyrie seriously won my heart as one of the best characters around. I really enjoyed the plot twists(SKULDUGGERY IS LORD VILE! OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD) and the seven Dead Men. Although one thing I didn't like, I have to admit, is HOW COULD YOU DEREK, HOW COULD YOU KILL ANTON AND MAKE RAVEL EVIL?!? Even worse, HOW COULD YOU KILL OFF GHASTLY LIKE THAT, NOW TANITH WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. SHE WILL ALWAYS THINK ABOUT GHASTLY AND NEVER EVER EVER HEAL FROM THAT STABBING WOUND YOU HAVE IN HER HEART! AND MINE YOU! @#$%^&*()+}|{":>? <.

26 The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

I really feel like this series never gets enough credit. People are always saying that Percy Jackson is so much better and I do agree, but just because this is by Rick Riordan doesn't mean that it's automatically a Percy Jackson book- even if there are crossovers. It's a different series and a totally amazing one. I totally fell in love with the characters and the plot and devoured it like I would any other good book.

Ancient Egypt needs to be out there how many book series are about Greek or Roman Gods. These books were great but I recommend reading them in order it makes no sense otherwise.

I was hoping for more books in this series :-(

I love how rick riorden broke the tradition of the main boy and and girl characters and had them be siblings... Really amazing book series...

27 Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness

Without a doubt the greatest book trilogy I have ever read. It's a series that can make it's way to your heart in the blink of an eye with it's tragedy, drama, action and of course, it's signature twists. The characters, their world and their situation creates one of the most memorable storylines in all of fiction. Like Harry Potter it's one of those series' you'll want to finish but you won't want it to finish, y'know what I mean? A mature, creative, fun and thrilling book trilogy that I will forever treasure. If you haven't read this masterpiece, you better because it's phenomenal. - Suspect

What can I say about Chaos Walking? Interesting characters, a story that twists and turns, one of the best relationships I've seen in fiction and a lot more. Patrick Ness created a world I cannot forget and an ending that will never leave you until the end of your days.

I LOVE Chaos walking! When (you know who) dies, I cried and cried so much. I'm crying right now just thinking about it! Heart wrenching, emotional, I couldn't put it down! EVERYBODY THIS IS A MUST READ! VOTE NOW! Not to be bossy or anything!

If you haven't read these books yet, you're missing out

28 Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
29 The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I love a little more infernal devices than mortal instruments, I think it's because the story takes place in 1878 and it's very old-fashioned and I fall in love with the characters like Will and Jem and I like that women fight and don't scream and get paralyzed like stupid mummies like Bella Swan. I highly recommend this book

It's far better than The Mortal Instruments and it portrays a much stronger main character - Tessa - compared to Clary. Tessa ran straight into a fight while wearing her wedding dress, dammit, that alone is awesome enough.

I love this book highly recommend it.

30 The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This and amazing Series. I couldn't put it down it is an amazing twist on the usual Disney princess cliche you know prince saves princess . It is almost like Disney and the Terminator decided to have a baby.

Amazing twist on the classic princess stories I LOVED it

Why is this so low?

Favorite book series. - DreamBig

31 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The book should have seventh part...

Love these books! Amazing vampire world.

32 The 39 Clues by Various Authors

The books are awesome, the site gives the readers a real life experience.The complex characters and different personalities makes the series a fun and interesting read for readers of all ages.

The 39 clues is a action-packed and well executed story It has a great variety in its settings which makes it very interesting. Only, the books are quite short. I WANT MORE!

33 The Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz

It is a very action-packed story. Mixed with myth and modernity it makes the story a must read. With a new character every book it makes the story very interesting too.

34 The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney
35 Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Why do people always put twilight and these TORTURE DEVICES on greatest books lists? The characters are so cliche and ditzy and annoying and stay the exact same through every book, the " plot" is just every high school drama cliche slapped onto a page and spread thin over the course of like, ten books. Not to mention this is a TEEN books list, and not even my fourth grade self would read these. - SassyEquine

What this non existent book doing on here - TheKirbyCreeper999

Is this for teens? Not. - Fandom_Lover

Haha yeah I loved this series... in fourth grade. this is supposed to be a list for TEENS books not elementary graphic "novels" / books for lazy middle schoolers

36 Gone Series by Michael Grant

This series made me cry, would recommend to anyone

Best of all time

Love the books and love the writer just started reading BZRK

37 Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard

Probably the best book series to have a television series of the same name. - playstationfan66

38 Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi

He is an Indian author and the book is so amazing.

39 Guardians of Ga' Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

This is an extremely underrated book series, overshadowed by Warriors, which is less good than Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Wolves of the Beyond, one of its companion series.
While it’s a little long, and a little difficult to read at times, once you get through that, it’s an amazing book series that more people should read!

40 Sherlock Holmes

If you like murder mysteries read Arthur Conan Doyle's works. They are amazing.

41 The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

This book is AMAZING!

42 Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Greatest book series ever! Read the sires 3 times its suspenfull, epic, and jammed packed of action

If you like edgy, dark, guys then you will love this series.
It also has a manga and the drawings are amazing.
It also has a movie but it is awful.
If you like kids who have special abilities you will like it.

43 Ulysses Moore Series by Pierdomenico Baccalario
44 The Unwind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman

I don't know if a trilogy counts as a series, but these books are awesome. Well, to be fair, I guess I've only read TWO of them, but oh well.
These books are amazing because they make you think, they are full of action, suspense, and romance, and just the idea of Unwinding adds that bit of delicious creepiness to the series. It's honestly amazing. Please read this.

The author of this book actually visited my school - YoshiApple

Unwholly has the best ending ever! Neal is so smart for coming up with it.

45 Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
46 The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

Way better than its givin credit for!

47 Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Just getting into the books now. They are really good so far. Love them!

48 Vampirates by Justin Somper
49 Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

These books will be the death of me.

50 The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Surely a teen can read this if a 12-year-old can. BEWARE CHAPTER 13 OF BOOK 9! I died of laughter during that one. - Merilille

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