Middle School Reads

    • Bob
      Wendy Mass

      It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house. It turns out she's right.

    • The First Rule of Punk
      Celia Perez

      At her new school, twelve-year-old Malo inadvertently upsets the queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her mom. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk- be yourself.

    • The Night Diary
      Veera Hiranandani

      Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

    • Pashmina
      Nidhi Chanani

      For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background?

    • Pay Attention Carter Jones
      Gary D. Schmidt

      Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep--one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.

    • Rebound
      Kwame Alexander

      A novel in verse prequel to The Crossover, in which Chuck Bell takes center stage. Readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.

    • The Science of Breakable Things
      Tae Keller

      Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific process leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

    • Song for a Whale
      Lynne Kelly

      Twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius, but she's the only deaf person in her school. She learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales. Iris understands how he must feel so she decides to invent a way to "sing" to him!

    • Sweep : the Story of a Girl and her Monster
      Jonathan Auxier

      Orphaned and alone, Nan Sparrow works for a ruthless chimney sweep. When she gets stuck in a chimney fire, she wakes to find herself unharmed in an abandoned attic. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature--a golem --made from soot and ash.

    • A Tear in the Ocean
      H.M. Bouwman

      Putnam, the future king of Raftworld, wants more than anything to prove himself. When the water in the Second World starts to become salty and his father won't do anything about it, Putnam steals a boat. He doesn't know he has a stowaway onboard, an island girl named Artie.

    • Two Roads
      Joseph Bruchac

      It's 1932, and twelve-year-old Cal Black and his Pop have been riding the rails for years after losing their farm in the Great Depression. Cal likes being a "knight of the road" with Pop, even if they're broke. When Pop decides to send Cal to a government boarding school for Native Americans in Oklahoma, everything changes.

    • The Whispers
      Greg Howard

      Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley has a lot of wishes but most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come back home.

    • Willa of the Woods
      Robert Beatty

      Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work-the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

    • The Strangers
      Margaret Peterson Haddix

      The Greystone kids thought they knew. They've been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they're shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers?

    • The Unteachables
      Gordon Korman

      A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher--perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby's Last Day.