Middle School Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Middle Schoolers

Alexander, Kwame. Booked. C2016. Grades 6-10. Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon 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. JUV FIC Alexander. 
Barry, Dave. Worst Class Trip Ever.  C2015. Grades 5-8. When the eighth-grade civics class of Miami's Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands. JUV FIC Barry.
Baldwin, Kathleen. School for Unusual Girls: A Stranje House Novel. C2015. Scientific-minded Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to a school for unusual high society girls for the ostensible purpose of being reformed into a respectable lady, but is instead secretly enlisted into the war effort alongside Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Grades 8 and Up. YA Fic Baldwin.
Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. C2013. Grades 7-9  In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.  YA Fic Carriger.
Carter, Ally. All Fall Down (Embassy Row Series bk 1). C2015. Grades 7 and up. There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and make the killer pay.  YA Fic Carter
Carter, Ally. Heist Society (Heist Society Series bk 1).  C2010. Grades 7 and up. A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector. YA Fic Carter
Carter, Ally. I’d Tell You I Love You, but then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girl Series bk 1). C2006. Grades 7 and up. As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. YA FIC Carter
Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Does My Shirts. C2004. Grades 5-8. A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. YA Fic Choldenko
Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl Series bk 1). C2001. Grades 6-9. When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. JUV Science Fiction Colfer
Colfer, Eoin.  Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. Series bk 1).  C2013. Grades 6 and up. In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.  YA Science Fiction Colfer
Dashner, James. The Eye of Minds (Morality Doctrine Series bk 1).  C2013. Grades 8 and up.  Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out.  YA Science Fiction Dashner
Flanagan, John. Ruins of Gorlan (Rangers Apprentice Series bk 1). C2005. Grades 5-8. When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.  YA Science Fiction
Fox, Janet.  Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.  C2016. Grades 6-9. In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past--but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine must find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present. JUV Fic Fox
Garcia-Williams, Rita. One Crazy Summer. C2010. Graded 6 and up. In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit.  JUV Fic Garcia-Williams
Gemeinhart, Dan. The Honest Truth. C2015. Grades 5-8. A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading. JUV Fic Gemeinhart
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. C2012. Grades 7 and up. In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents. YA Fiction Hartman
Hartman, Rachel.  Shadow Scale (sequel to Seraphina).  C2015. Grades 7 and up. Seraphina, half-dragon and half-human, searches for others like her who can make the difference in the war between dragons and humans in the kingdom of Goredd. YA Fic Hartman
Hiaasen, Carl. Chomp. C2012. Grades 6-9. When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him.  JUV Fic Hiaasen
Lane, Andy. Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes, Legends Begins bk 1).  C2011. Grades 6-9. In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain. YA Mystery Lane
Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. C2015. Grades 7 and up. In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.  YA Fic Lee
Maguire, Gregory.  Egg and Spoon. C2014. Grades 6 and up. In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga. JUV Fic Maguire
Malone, Lee Gjertsen.  The Last Boy at St. Edith’s.  C2016. Grades 6-8. Seventh-grader Jeremy Miner, the only boy in a school of 475 girls, unleashes a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled. JUV Fic Malone
Markell, Denis.  Click Here to Start.  c 2016.  Grades 5-8.   When Ted inherits his uncle's apartment "and all the treasure within," he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure. JUV Fic Markell
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Echo. C2015. Grades 5-8. Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. JUV Fic Munoz
Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. C2016. Grades 6-9.  Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. JUV Fic Reynolds
Schlitz, Laura.  Hired Girl.  C2015. Grades 7 and up.  Desperate for the education her father denies her on their Pennsylvania farm, 14-year-old Joan runs away to Baltimore in 1911, where a well-to-do Jewish family hires her to help their obstinate, aging housekeeper.  YA Fic Schlitz
Sloan, Holly Goldberg.  Counting by 7’s.  C2013. Grades 5-8.  Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.  JUV Fic Sloan
Smith, Roland.  The Edge. C2015. Grades 6-10. Fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello is invited to participate in an "International Peace Ascent" in the Hindu Kush, with a team made up of under-eighteen-year-old climbers from around the world--but from the first something seems wrong, so when the group is attacked, and most of the climbers are either killed or kidnapped, Peak finds himself caught up in a struggle to survive, shadowed by the Shen, a mysterious snow leopard. YA Fic Smith
Spinelli, Jerry. Star Girl.  C2000. Grades 6-10.  In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. YA Fic Spinelli
Stevens, Robin. Murder is Bad Manners (A Wells and Wong Mystery bk 1).  Grades 5-8.  At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate and hit pay-dirt when Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.  JUV Mystery Stevens
Stroud, Jonathan. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. bk. 1). C2013. Gr. 6- up. Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.  JUV Science Fiction Stroud
Telgemeier, Raina.  Ghosts.  C2016. Grades 5-8. Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.  JUV Graphic Telegmeier
Walter, Jon.  My Name is not Friday.  C2016. Grades 7-10. Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery--and somehow he must survive both captivity and the war, to find his way back to his brother.  YA Fiction Walter