Middle School Recommended Reads


  • Al-Mansour, Haifaa. The Green Bicycle. 2015. [also available on audio]

    Desperately wanting a bicycle despite cultural disapproval, an 11-year-old girl from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, earns money by selling homemade bracelets and mix tapes of banned music until her activities threaten her education.

  • Alexander, Kwame. Booked. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Although 12-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, he learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

  • Draper, Sharon. Stella by Starlight. 2015. [also available on audio]

    When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

  • Eagar, Lindsay. Hour of the Bees. 2016. [also available on audio]

    At first, 12-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.

  • 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 to play the guitar.

  • Gemeinhart, Dan. Some Kind of Courage. 2016.

    In 1890 Washington, the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony. When Sarah is sold by a man with no right to do so, Joseph sets out to get her back - and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.

  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. 2016 [also available on audio]

    Amani is counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape the dead-end town of Dustwalk. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.

  • Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. 2016.

    On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, 14-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

  • Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon. 2016.

    On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong - daughter of Chinese immigrants - struggles to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, though, everyone must band together to survive.

  • Reynolds, Jason. Brave as You. 2016.

    When Genie and his older brother spend a summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

  • Peete, Holly Robinson. Same but Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express. 2016.

    Through the alternating stories of twins Callie and Charlie, their fictional counterparts, teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and RJ Peete discuss what it is like for RJ as a teenager with autism and Ryan as a teenager with an autistic sibling.

  • Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Frantically racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia and Florian are forced to trust each other in order to survive the doomed voyage of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

  • Sun, Amanda. Heir to the Sky. 2016.

    The heir to a kingdom of floating continents falls off the edge of her sky island and miraculously survives, only to discover there are still humans on the surface of the earth, where dark truths about her home in the sky emerge.

  • Tash, Sarvenaz. The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love. 2016.

    Graham Posner is trying to get his best friend, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at Comic-Con.

  • Umminger, Alison. American Girls. 2016.

    When 15-year-old Anna runs away to Los Angeles, her half-sister takes her in, but after spending days on television and movie sets, Anna learns the city is not the glamorous escape she imagined.


  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. 2015. [TEEN 323.1196 LOW]

    Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda Blackmon Lowery refused to give up the fight for equal rights. The youngest marcher on the historic 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, she vowed to make a difference - and she did.

  • The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats by Sandra Markle. 2015. [J 599.472 MAR]

    Learn more about the work done by scientists to identify the Pd fungi involved in the deaths of little brown bats in the United States, and their efforts to control and eradicate the disease in the future.

  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner. 2016. [J 952 TUR]

    This is the true story of the legendary samurai who was raised in the household of the enemies who killed his father before being sent to live in a monastery where, against the odds, he learned and perfected his fighting skills.

revised December 2016