Middle School Recommended Reads


  • Benway, Robin. Emmy & Oliver. 2015.

    Emmy's best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father 10 years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up where they left off. Are they destined to be together, or has fate irreparably driven them apart? Available on audio.

  • Bond, Gwenda. Lois Lane: Fallout. 2015.

    Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying videogamers who are being used in a dangerous virtual reality experiment.

  • Carson, Rae. Walk on Earth a Stranger. 2015.

    Lee, who has the magical ability to sense gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers. When her best friend heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out to join him.

  • Holt, K.A. House Arrest. 2015.

    Sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, 12-year-old Timothy is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears and frustrations.

  • Kelly, Erin Entrada. Blackbird Fly. 2015.

    Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.

  • Korman, Gordon. Masterminds. 2015.

    Eli's life in Serenity, New Mexico is perfect— just like everyone else's— but when his best friend disappears, Eli discovers that the adults in town have a secret, and that someone, or something, is preventing the kids of Serenity from ever leaving. Available on audio.

  • Nielsen, Jennifer. A Night Divided. 2015.

    With the rise of the Berlin Wall, 12-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. Gerta knows it's dangerous to watch the wall, but one day she spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life to tunnel to freedom. Available on audio.

  • Sands, Kevin. The Blackthorn Key. 2015.

    In 1665 London, 14-year-old Christopher Rowe and his best friend try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart. Available on audio.

  • Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter. 2015.

    Twelve-year-old Jack narrates the story of foster teen Joseph who, after serving time in a juvenile facility, has been placed with a family on a rural Maine farm. Joseph resolves to track down the daughter he has never met.

  • Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger. 2015.

    As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her friends Em, Tab and— maybe more than friend— Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?" Available on audio.

  • Stroud, Jonathan. The Screaming Staircase. 2013.

    Three young operatives of a psychic detection agency battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. Available on audio. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Tromly, Stephanie. Trouble is a Friend of Mine. 2015.

    After meeting the compelling misfit Philip, Zoe soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as they investigate a local teenage girl's kidnapping that may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.

Graphic novels

  • Chmakova, Svetlana. Awkward. 2015.

    After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new art club friends, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

  • Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. 2015.

    Fans of Smile will love this graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. 2014.

    Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows and the dangerous activities of older teens.


  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. 2014. [JB WOODSON JACQUELINE]

    Written in mesmerizing verse, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson tells the moving story of her childhood spent growing up in South Carolina and New York during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle. 2015. [B ENGLE MARGARITA]

    In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

  • Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow. 2015. [J 614.5112 JAR]

    Tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria in early 20th-century America, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection and the health department that decided her fate. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin. 2015. [J 959.7043 SHE]

    The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

revised December 2015