Middle School Recommended Reads

Fiction

  • Albin, Gennifer. Crewel. 2012.

    Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, 16-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.

  • Brennan, Sarah Rees. Unspoken. 2012.

    When disturbing events occur, Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets — and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head — a boy she thought was imaginary until now.

  • Burns, T.R. Bad Apple. 2012.

    After a freak accident, Seamus' parents take him to the most infamous of reform schools. But the headmistress lets him in on the big secret: the mission of Kilter Academy is to foster troublemaking, and she's decided Seamus is her star pupil!

  • Carey, Janet Lee. Dragonswood. 2012.

    In 1192 A.D., Tess is accused of witchcraft and must flee. When a handsome and enigmatic warden of Dragonswood offers her shelter, she does not realize that he too harbors a secret that may finally bring about peace among the races of dragon, human and fairy.

  • Coben, Harlan. Shelter. 2011. [also available on audio]

    Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.

  • Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25. 2011. [also available on audio]

    To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary 14-year-old, but he's anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers and will have to rely on them, as well as on his wits and friends, if he's to survive.

  • Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. 2011. [also available on audio]

    Jack Gantos spends the summer grounded until he's assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving and countless bloody noses.

  • Ibbotson, Eva. One Dog and His Boy. 2012. [also available on audio]

    When lonely, 10-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live.

  • Lu, Marie. Legend. 2011. [also available on audio]

    In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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

    In this futuristic take on the Cinderella story, plague ravages the overcrowded Earth. In order to protect the planet, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, must uncover secrets about her past.

  • Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince. 2012.

    In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

  • Roth, Veronica. Divergent. 2011. [also available on audio]

    At the age of 16, Beatrice Prior must choose among five factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group, and that the society in which she lives is flawed.

  • Schrefer, Eliot. Endangered. 2012.

    Sophie isn't happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary when she rescues an abused baby bonobo. When the sanctuary is attacked, it's up to Sophie to save the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

  • Stiefvater, Maggie. Raven Boys. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger. When she meets Gansey, she discovers that he has talents of his own - and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

  • Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012.

    While serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi, Callie rides an emotional roller coaster as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Nonfiction

  • Are You "Normal?" by Mark Shulman. 2011. [J 155.2 SHU]

    Can you rub your belly and pat your head? Do you like pepperoni on your pizza? Are you normal? Shulman has pulled out all the stops breaking down the facts on our silliest secrets.

  • Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. 2012. [J 623.4511 SHE]

    This is the story of the plotting, risk-taking, deceit and genius that created the atomic bomb.

  • How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg. 2011. [920.02 BRA] [also available on audio]

    This fascinating collection of remarkable deaths relays all the gory details of how 19 world figures gave up the ghost, including King Tut, Julius Caesar, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe and Henry VIII.

revised May 2013