What order should I read the Isadora Moon series in?

One of the questions I most commonly get asked is if the Isadora Moon series has a specific reading order. The short answer is no, but here’s a slightly longer answer…

Isadora Moon Goes to School is the first book

Isadora Moon Goes to School is the original Isadora Moon story, and gives the most extensive introduction to Isadora’s character and family. As the title implies, it’s all about Isadora starting school for the first time and deciding what sort of school she should go to. Given that some of the later stories feature scenes at Isadora’s school, savvy young readers will work out how Goes to School ends if they didn’t start with that book!

If that’s not of any concern, then just start with whichever book you like the sound of best. None of the other books ‘follow on’ in a sequel sense, although they do have some links which I’ll share just for fun below. If you do want a potential reading order though, here are the UK and US publication orders:

UK Publication order of Isadora Moon

Isadora Moon books first 9 covers
The first nine Isadora Moon books are available now in the UK

The order in which the books were published in the UK (and the order I wrote them in) is as follows:

  • Isadora Moon Goes to School (September 2016)
  • Isadora Moon Goes Camping (September 2016)
  • Isadora Moon Has a Birthday (September 2016)
  • Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet (September 2016)
  • Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble (March 2017)
  • Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip (September 2017)
  • Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair (March 2018)
  • Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic (September 2018)
  • Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover (March 2019)
  • Isadora Moon Puts on a Show (coming September 2019)
Isadora Moon Puts on a Show is out autumn 2019

Not all titles have yet been released in every country where Isadora Moon has been published, but most countries have more-or-less stuck to the above order. The one which has the most changed order is America:

US publication order of Isadora Moon

  • Isadora Moon Goes to School (August 2017)
  • Isadora Moon Goes Camping (August 2017)
  • Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet (January 2018)
  • Isadora Moon Has a Birthday (July 2018)
  • Isadora Moon Goes on a Field Trip (AKA Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip) (March 2019)
  • Isadora Moon Saves the Carnival (AKA Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair)(coming September 2019)

The US publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers, made a few minor changes to the books to suit American readers. I talked about some of these here. These changes included redesigned covers and new titles for a couple of the books. Do please be aware that Isadora Moon Goes on a Field Trip is essentially the same as Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip and Isadora Moon Saves the Carnival is the same as Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair, especially if you are buying online!

Links between the Isadora Moon books

I think the Isadora Moon books take place more-or-less chronologically in the order I wrote them (the UK publication order). Because of this, there are some little nods to Isadora’s earlier experiences in the later books. (Mild spoilers follow!)

For example:

School Trips

Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip opens with:

“I have only ever been on one school trip before—we went to the ballet—so I was very excited when our teacher, Miss Cherry, announced that we would be going on another one in a week’s time!”

Referencing, of course, Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet.

Ghost stories

When Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover with her friend Zoe, Zoe suggests they share some spooky ghost stories:

She began to tell a story. It was about an old woman who trailed the streets of our town after dark, dragging chains behind her that clinked and clanked all night long.

‘That sounds a bit unrealistic,’ I said, thinking about the friendly ghost, Oscar, who lived in my attic at home. ‘Let me tell you about my real ghost!’

‘But Oscar’s not scary,’ said Zoe.

‘Ghost stories have to be scary. That’s the point of them.’

Oscar the ghost from Isadora Moon

We first met Oscar the ghost in Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip.

Naughty cousins

When Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair, she wants to bring her witch fairy cousins Mirabelle and Wilbur along, to which her mum replies:

‘Well . . . I suppose we could ask them,’ said Mum. ‘And it would keep your naughty cousin Mirabelle out of mischief, at least.’

The last time we met Mirabelle, in Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble, she convinced Isadora to bring a magical dragon to her human school, against Isadora’s better judgement.

Mischievous cousin Mirabelle
Mischievous cousin Mirabelle

Recurring characters

School friends like Zoe, Oscar, Bruno and Sashi appear in lots of stories. Isadora’s cousins Wilbur and Mirabelle appeared separately in Isadora Moon has a Birthday and Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble respectively, then both returned in Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair.

For book number eleven, which I’m currently working on but can’t say too much about yet, a certain magical friend from an earlier book will be making a comeback too. I’ll give you a hint: she gave Isadora a magical piece of jewellery.

Some of the magical friends Isadora Moon has met so far

Does Isadora grow up over the books?

There are a couple of other related questions I sometimes get asked:

  1. How old is Isadora Moon?
  2. Will we see Isadora grow up over the series?

I know it’s a bit of a non-answer, but I always say Isadora is the age you want her to be. She’s just starting school in the first story, so I she is probably somewhere between five and seven, maybe eight. Of course, she’s half-vampire and half-fairy and I haven’t really gone into how long either of those magical creatures live for, so maybe Isadora is actually 107! … but maybe not!

Time obviously passes over the series, but I don’t really see Isadora growing up or moving through the school years. I’m not really sure why exactly, it’s just quite nice for Isadora to kind of remain in a ‘timeless’ period of her life.

The Isadora Moon books are available to buy at Waterstones, Amazon and lots of lovely independent book shops. And if you fancy creating your own Isadora stories, or stories with characters you’ve made up, then you could try my free downloadable story writing guide!

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Love, magic and sparkle,

Harriet x

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