Middle School Recommended Reads

Fiction

  • Arnett, Mindee. The Nightmare Affair. 2013.

    Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for "magickind," 16-year-old Destiny Everhart feeds on the dreams of others, working with a handsome human student to find a killer.

  • Cooper, Susan. Ghost Hawk. 2013. [also available on audio]

    At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes. [Lexile: 940]

  • Eulberg, Elizabeth. Better Off Friends. 2014.

    Macallan and Levi are best friends from the first day they meet in seventh grade, but over the years their close friendship keeps interfering with their dating life because everyone else regards them as a couple. [Lexile: 590] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Federle, Tim. Better Nate than Ever. 2013. [also available on audio]

    An eighth-grader, who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical, concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T." [Lexile: 930]

  • Hawkins, Rachel. Rebel Belle. 2014.

    Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara, but after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, her destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird.

  • Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012. [also available on audio]

    In this futuristic take on the Cinderella story, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai, and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the plague-ravaged Earth. [Lexile: 790]

  • Morrill, Lauren. Being Sloane Jacobs. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs, from very different worlds but both with problem families, meet in in Montreal where they will stay in the same hotel while attending camp, one for figure skating, the other for ice hockey.

  • Stroud, Jonathan. The Screaming Staircase. 2013. [also available on audio]

    Three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. [Lexile: 720] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Timberlake, Amy. One Came Home. 2013. [also available on audio]

    In 1871 Wisconsin, 13-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha— presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in— and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. [Lexile: 690]

  • Vanderpool, Clare. Navigating Early. 2013.

    Navigating Early is the odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets and extraordinary encounters. [Lexile: 790] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • West, Kasie. Pivot Point. 2013.

    A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss and, ultimately, she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through.

  • Zadoff, Allen. Boy Nobody. 2013. [also available on audio]

    Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves. (Read a staff review of this title!)

Nonfiction

revised May 2014