Middle School Recommended Reads


  • Abbott, Tony. The Forbidden Stone. 2014.

    Wade, Lily, Darrell and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

  • Acampora, Paul. I Kill the Mockingbird. 2014.

    When best friends Lucy, Elena and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill a Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the Harper Lee classic.

  • Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. 2014.

    Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. In this fast and furious book of family and brotherhood, Josh narrates his family's story in verse.

  • Anderson, John David. Sidekicked. 2013.

    When a supervillain, The Dealer, returns to Justicia, 13-year-old superhero sidekick-in-training Drew "The Sensationalist" Bean must overcome his not-so-super powers and become the hero everyone needs.

  • Cohn, Edith. Spirit's Key. 2014.

    Having finally developed the psychic ability her father used to provide for them, 12-year-old Spirit Holden, aided by the ghost of her beloved dog Sky, investigates the mystery of why wild dogs are dying on their remote island.

  • Johnson, Varian. The Great Greene Heist. 2014.

    Although Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, he is trying to go straight. But when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president, Jackson assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

  • Holm, Jennifer L. The Fourteenth Goldfish. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and has turned into a teenager— which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother.

  • McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. 2013. [also available on audio]

    When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

  • Ritter, William. Jackaby. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

  • Schreiber, Joe. Game Over, Pete Watson. 2014.

    When videogame-obsessed Pete Watson discovers that his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a videogame, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him.

  • Stroud, Jonathan. The Whispering Skull. 2014.

    In the six months since Anthony, Lucy and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress, but they've recently been hired to investigate a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. (Read a staff review of this title!)

Graphic novels

  • Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. 2014.

    Raina can't wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. When a baby brother enters the picture and something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along.


  • March: Book One by John Lewis. 2013. [328.73 LEW]

    Congressman Lewis tells the true story of his involvement with the 1960s Civil Rights movement as a graphic novel. The last surviving member of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders, as a young man he saw chaos and violence but also hope and change.

  • How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg. 2014. [J 920 BRA] [also available on audio]

    This book offers a humorous look at the flaws and foibles of some of the most famous personalities of history, including Marco Polo, George Armstrong Custer, Thomas Edison and Amelia Earhart. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent by Pearl Witherington Cornioley. 2013. [Teen B CORNIOLEY]

    One of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, Cornioley shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive.

  • Sally Ride: Life on a Mission by Sue Macy. 2014. [JB RIDE]

    Learn more about the first woman in space, from her national tennis rankings and work as a physicist to her Presidential Medal of Freedom award and founding of a company for girls interested in science and math.

revised January 2015