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Middle School Reads

 

 

Fiction

Booked by Kwame Alexander

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.

 

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz

It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey is a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth. Pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.

 

Convergence by Stan Lee

Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.

 

Legend by Marie Lu

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

 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

 

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

 

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (series)

When London is overrun by malevolent spirits, a talented group of young psychic detectives compete against other ghostbusting agencies as they investigate one of England's most haunted houses.

 

P.S. I Like You by Casie West

Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to--so when she finds out who they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.

 

Nonfiction

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

For twelve history-making days in May 1961, thirteen black and white civil rights activists, also known as the “Freedom Riders,” traveled by bus into the South to draw attention to the unconstitutional segregation still taking place.

 

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Collects tales of Norse mythology featuring the powerful Odin, Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir, Loki, the final battle of Ragnarok, and power struggles among the figures.

 

Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe by Sarah Latta

Introduces black holes, discussing the relativity theory of Albert Einstein, the discovery of black holes, the data that scientists use to study them, and scientists' studies of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

 

The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and More: Real Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods by Cassandra Reeder

From Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, to Doctor Who , Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft , The Geeky Chef Cookbook features over 60 recipes you can re-create in your own kitchen!

 

The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution by Johnathan Hennessey
Presents the history of video games in graphic novel format, tracing the art form's origins through today's app-based games, and analyzing its impact on society.

 

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change.

 

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possibleā€¦on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson

Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, who was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

 

 
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