Book Lists, Middle School

Middle School Reads

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A novel in verse about twin brothers, basketball, and their relationship with each other and their father.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

When a land developer moving in on his neighborhood Arturo, with the help of his new neighbor Carmen, decide to fight back.

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

Riley is an apprentice to Garrick, an assassin for hire, who just figured out how to time travel. Now Riley is on a quest to stop him before Garrick takes what he’s learned back in time to change the future.

Michael Vey : the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey has electric powers, he thinks he’s alone, until he meets Taylor, and the two discover there are others like them. Pretty soon they have the attention of a powerful group who are interested in control.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Living in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam Hanneke works distributing black market goods, just trying to survive and recover from a devastating loss. But one delivery has her thrust into the resistance movement and Hanneke has to decide how much she is willing to risk to do what is right.

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm

Sunny has been sent to stay with her grandfather for the summer and while there slowly begins to face the real reason she was sent away.

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Amina is struggling in middle school, dealing with a best friend who suddenly seems too cool for her and attempting to blend in and stay true to her Pakistani and Muslim roots.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

In order to make surviving middle school more interesting Rafe decides to invent a game with the goal of breaking every rule in his school’s handbook – from chewing gum in class to pulling the fire alarm.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost is a runner and a pretty good one at that. When he’s chosen for an elite track team at school he could be on the road to his shot in life. But Ghost also has a lot of anger, mostly to do with what he’s always been trying to run from.

Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

Ish will live on Mars someday. Of this she is certain. Then a cancer diagnosis, on her first day of seventh grade, puts her life on a different track.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

It’s 1967 and Holling Hoodhood is the only kid in his class not going to catechism or Hebrew lessons on Wednesday afternoons. On Wednesdays he it’s just him and Mrs. Baker (and Shakespeare) and he’s pretty sure she hates him.

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Claire is pretty sure her life is a mess, her last year of middle school is off to a rough start, she’s stuck living in the shadow of her perfect older brother, and her two best friends have moved up to the high school dance classes, while she’s stuck back with the little kids. Then her dad has a stroke and while he survives life at home is definitely not what it used to be.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge has had questions about life since she survived a horrific accident at age 8 and starting middle school has only complicated matters. Her relationships with her lifelong best friends seems to be evolving and her new relationship with Sherm may be more than friends; and then there’s the cat ears…

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catriona isn’t thrilled about moving to the Northern Californian coast, which they’re doing mostly for her sister Maya’s health. When the sisters meet a boy in town who starts telling them of the towns ghosts Catriona is ready to high tail it home.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Tally can’t wait to turn 16 and become pretty. Her best friend, Paris already left her for the Pretties (stupid late birthday). Then she meets Shay, who’s still ugly and has no desire to become pretty. When Shay runs away the powers that be refuse to make Tally pretty unless she tracks Shay and brings her back.


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