Stuck in the Middle (Middle School)

Great reads for 6th - 8th Grades!
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Chains [Trilogy]
Laurie Halse Anderson (J & YA ANDERSON)
Seeds of America Trilogy. The American Revolution is about to start, but Isabel still lives her life as a slave. Will the ‘freedom’ being fought for reach her? (Grades 6-10)
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown
Paolo Bacigalupi (YT Bacigalupi)
While at baseball practice, friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover the evil workings of a nearby meatpacking plant have caused cows to turn into zombies. (Grades 5-9)
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Dusti Bowling (YT BOWLING)
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, but the truth is she was born without them. When her parents move her to Arizona, she finds a friend and a mystery. (Grades 5-8)
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The Testing [Trilogy]
Joelle Charbonneau (YA CHARBONNEAU)
Admission to college in this dystopian society requires that you pass a ‘testing,’ or trek across a ruined world loaded with monsters. This year, Cia has been chosen. (Grade 7+)
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Awkward [Graphic Novel]
Svetlana Chmakova (J, YA & YT GN CHMAKOVA)
After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member. (Grades 5-12)
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Artemis Fowl [Series]
Eoin Colfer (YA COLFER)
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. (Grades 5-8)
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Roald Dahl (J DAHL)
Sophie is kidsnatched from her orphanage by the BFG (the Big Friendly Giant) who spends his time delivering happy dreams to children. Together they make a plan to stop the man-eating giants. (Grades 3-6)
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Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper (J DRAPER)
Melody is a genius with a photographic memory but she can’t tell anyone because she is unable to walk, write, or even talk. (Grades 4-6)
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The Glass Sentence [Series]
S.E. Grove (YA GROVE)
Mapmakers Series. The world has been split by the great disruption of 1799. Thirteen-year-old Sophia finds herself on a quest across time and space to save her part magician, part mapmaker uncle from a dangerous religious sect. (Grade 6+)
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Among the Hidden [Series]
Margaret Peterson Haddix (J & YT HADDIX)
Shadow Children series. In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. (Grades 5-8)
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Carl Hiaasen (YA & YT HIAASEN)
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in an attempt to save a colony of owls from a proposed construction site. (Grades 6-9)
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Into the Wild [Series]
Erin Hunter (J, YA & YT HUNTER)
The wildcat clans have lived in peace. Now their warrior ancestors speak of terrifying new prophecies & mysterious danger. (Grade 5+)
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All’s Faire in Middle School
Victoria Jamieson (YT GN JAMIESON)
11-year-old Imogene has grown up with parents who work at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin training as a squire. Attending public school for the first time homeschooled will be her first quest. (Grades 4-7)
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Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee (YA LEE)
On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. (Grades 9-12)
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The Giver [Quartet]
Lois Lowry (J & YA LOWRY)
How can a world with no poverty, crime or sickness be such a nightmare? (Grades 6-9)
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Wildwood [Trilogy]
Colin Meloy (J, YA & YT MELOY)
When Prue’s brother gets kidnapped by crows and disappears into the magical forest near Portland, she undertakes the adventure of a lifetime to save him. (Grades 3-7)
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The Apothecary
Maile Meloy (J & YA MELOY)
It’s 1952, and Janie moves from the United States to London. A new friendship plunges her into a magical adventure to save the world from nuclear annihilation. (Grades 5-8)
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Public School Superhero
James Patterson (J PATTERSON)
Kenny Wright imagines himself as a world famous superhero, but in the real world he’s a sixth-grade Grandma’s boy who struggles to fit into his public school. (Grades 4-6)
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Sara Pennypacker (J & YT PENNYPACKER)
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back. (Grades 4-7)
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Sword of Summer [Series]
Rick Riordan (J & YA RIORDAN)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse God. (Grade 5+)
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My Secret Guide to Paris
Lisa Schroeder (J SCHROEDER)
Nora always wanted to go to Paris with her grandmother, but her death makes the dream seem impossible...until she finds three airline tickets in an old trunk. (Grades 5-7)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society [Series]
Trenton Lee Stewart (YT STEWART)
The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened…where they train you to be a criminal mastermind. (Grades 5-9)
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Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family are moving close to the sea because her sister has cystic fibrosis and the cool, salty air will help her illness. Soon the girls discover ghosts nearby trying to reunite with their loved ones… (Grades 4-8)
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Uglies [Series]
Scott Westerfeld (YA WESTERFELD)
Everyone in Tally’s world gets to be supermodel gorgeous. But it’s a nightmare, not a dream. (Grade 6+)

Non Fiction

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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda (305.235 ALI)
A true story of long-distance friendship. It started as an assignment; everyone in Caitlin’s class chose an unknown pen-pal. Martin was lucky to get a letter back, as he was one of ten kids to get a pen-pal in his class of fifty in Zimbabwe. Their letters changed both their lives. (Grade 6+)

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I am Malala
Malala Yousafzai (921 YOUSAFZAI)
The story of the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who fought for girls' education in a Taliban controlled area. (Grade 6+)