Middle School Readers


Looking for adventure, spies, friendship? You can have it all right at home by taking one of these books for a spin this summer. Visit your local public library OR check it out before heading out the door for summer vacation from your school library media center or stop in during the month of July. Any way you can, READ!

Shakespeare Stealer

Blackwood: The Shakespeare Stealer c1998 historical fiction, mystery
Widge, a likeable orphan, finds himself in the middle of an adventure to steal and copy the play HAMLET from Shakespeare. He soon discovers that life in the Globe Theatre is much better than the other places he has apprenticed.

Shakespeare's Secret

Broach: Shakespeares Secret c2005 mystery
Hero moves into a new town and finds she is living in an old house with an unusual past. With the help of the police chiefs son and her neighbor, Hero tries to unravel the mystery.

Stealing Freedom

Carbone: Stealing Freedom c1998 historical fiction, diversity
This story is based on the true experiences of a young slave girl who escapes to Canada on the Underground Railroad.


Creech: The Wanderer c2000 adventure
Told through journal writings, Sophie and her cousin, Cody, share the experiences of their journey on a sailboat, The Wanderer, from Connecticut to England with six crew members, including her uncles and cousins.

Lucy Whipple

Cushman: Ballad of Lucy Whipple c1996 historical fiction
Lucy isnt happy when her mother moves the family from New England to California for the Gold Rush.

Tale of Desperaux

Di Camillo: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread c2003 fantasy
Tale of a tiny mouse with huge ears, a princess that he loves, a servant girl who wishes to be a princess and a rat named Roscuro who yearns for soup.


Funke: Inkheart c2003 fantasy
A girl and her father, a bookbinder who can read fictional characters into real life, are abducted by one of the characters, who tries to force them into his service.

Nora Ryan

Giff: Nory Ryans Song c2000 historical fiction
Twelve-year-old Nory Ryan helps her family and neighbors survive during the 1845 potato famine in Ireland.

Secret Within

Golding: The Secret Within c2002 realistic fiction
Carlys domineering father has a painful family secret that causes Carly to face danger and seek freedom at night.


Haddix: Double Identity c2005 mystery
Bethany becomes curious about her past when her parents unexpectedly disappear after leaving her with an aunt who she did not know existed. As the story unravels, the conclusion uncovers a shocking secret.

Music of Dolphins

Hesse: Music of the Dolphins c1996 realistic fiction
The thoughts of a young girl, who was raised by dolphins from 4 years old after a plane crash, are recorded by a scientist as she is reintroduced to a civilized way of life.


Isaacs: Torn Thread c2000 historical fiction
During World War II, twelve year-old Eva, living in Poland at the time, is sent by her father to a Nazi labor camp in Czechoslovakia, where her sickly sister has been taken.


Kehret: Abduction! c2004 adventure, contemporary realistic fiction

Thirteen-year-old Bonnie, on a quest to find her kidnapped brother and his dog, becomes a victim of the kidnapper as well.

Hana's Suitcase

Levine: Hanas Suitcase: A True Story c2002 biography
The director of a newly opened Holocaust museum in Japan and her students become intrigued with a suitcase from a concentration camp found among the museums artifacts. The story of a Czech girl, Hana Brady, a victim of the Holocaust, unfolds through the search for information about a suitcase.

Wedding Planner

Paratore: The Wedding Planners Daughter c2005 humor, romance
A twelve-year-old girl, whose mother is a wedding planner, wishes for her mother to marry.

Esperanza Rising

Ryan: Esperanza Rising c2000 historical fiction, diversity
During the Great Depression, Esperanza and her mother are forced from their wealthy home in Mexico to Southern California where they work in harsh conditions.


Smith: Peak c2005 adventure, coming-of-age
Fourteen-year-old Peak Marcellos goal is to become the youngest person to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

Hugo Cabret

Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures c2007 adventure, mystery 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Angel on the square

Whelan: Angel on the Square c2001 historical fiction
In 1913 Russia, World War I and the revolution bring unwanted changes into twelve-year-old Katyas life after she joins her mother in the household of Tsar Nicholas II.


Anderson: Fever, 1793 c2000 historical fiction
In 1793 sixteen year-old Matty, who is forced to leave her home to aviod the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, learns self-reliance and perseverance.


Avi: Crispin: The Cross of Lead c2004 historical fiction
Crispin is a poor, motherless child who finds that there is a price on his head. When the only person who can tell him who he really is dies, he is left to fend for himself. He does make a friend of a strange fellow who protects him and teaches him skills to make his way in the lonely world of 14th century England.

For Freedom

Bradley: For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy c2003 historical fiction
During World War II, a 13-year-old French girl finds her life changed and in danger when she becomes a spy for the French Resistance.

10,000 Days

Caputo: 10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War c2005
Accounts from Vietnam soldiers and civilians, profiles of persons involved and the role of the female on the battlefield are depicted in this book, which includes a collection of photographs and maps of the war from its beginning to the fall of Saigon in 1975.


Carson: Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben Carson c1990 autobiography
The inspirational story of Ben Carson, an African American pediatric neurosurgeon, who achieved his life goals in spite of the many obstacles he encountered.


Colfer: Airman c2008 adventure, survival, fantasy
Duck organizes the farm animals for a talent show at the county fair. The first prize is a trampoline.

City of Ember

DuPrau: The City of Ember c2003 fantasy
Twelve-year-old Lina lives in the 241 year-old ruined, underground city of Ember where she and a friend embark on a harrowing journey to find a way out of the city and save their people before it is too late.

Thief Lord

Funke: The Thief Lord c2001 adventure, fantasy
The threat of being separated causes two orphaned brothers to run away to Venice where they join a group of fugitive children and a gentle undercover detective.


Haddix: Among the Hidden c1998 science fiction, adventure
Luke, twelve years old and an illegally born third child, has been in hiding all of his life from the Population Police who are trying to eliminate "shadow children."


Hiaasen: Hoot c2002 mystery, environmental issue
Roy, a middle school boy who is the target of a school bully, gets involved in a mysterious case of vandalism and a barefoot boys commitment to save burrowing owls living on a construction site.

Wild Seattle

Hobbs: Jackies Wild Seattle c2003 adventure
While spending the summer with their uncle at a wildlife rescue center, 14-year-old Shannon and her younger brother encounter life-changing experiences.

Alex Rider

Horowitz: Alex Rider Adventures adventure
Read about the adventures of Alex Rider, a teenage super spy. 1st book: Stormbreaker (Series does not have to be read in order)

Lightning Thief

Riordan: The Lightning Thief c2005 fantasy
Percy learns that he has special powers after he makes his pre-algebra teacher disappear. Further investigation reveals that he is the son of Greek god Poseidon. To save humankind Percy embarks on an adventure to return a lightning bolt his father stole from Zeus.

Cryptid Hunters

Smith: Cryptid Hunters c2005 adventure, mystery
Adventurous and orphaned twins, Grace and Marty, are sent to live with their mysterious uncle who is an authority on cryptids. They find themselves being dropped from a plane in the Congolese jungle, where they discover truths about themselves and their family.

Burying the Sun

Whelan: Burying the Sun c2004 historical fiction, diversity
While trying to survive the cold and starvation during the WW II siege of Leningrad, fourteen-year-old Georgi, his family and their neighbors try to keep hope alive by focusing on the beauty in the world.


Woodson: Hush c2002 contemporary realistic fiction, diversity
A twelve-year-old African American girl encounters many challenges when her family enters the Witness Protection Program.


Cummings: Red Kayak c2004 contemporary realistic fiction
After a young boy is killed in a kayaking accident, 13-year-old Brady struggles with whether he should divulge the prank that caused the accident or keep silent to protect the pranksters.


Friend: Perfect c2004 contemporary realistic fiction
Developing bulimia after the death of her father, 13-year-old Isabelle is forced to attend a therapy group. There she discovers that one of the schools most popular girls is also battling the same disease.

Good Brother, Bad Brother

Giblin: Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth c2005 collective biography
Both John Wilkes Booth and his elder brother Edwin made lasting impressions on American history. Find out how they were alike and how they were different.


Haddis: Uprising c2007 historical fiction
After 16 years, Bella Livingston finally shares the story of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed her two best friends in 1911 and the poor working conditions.


Oppel: Airborn c2004 mystery
A cabin boy and wealthy young girl on luxury airship team-up to search for mysterious creatures that a dying balloonist claimed he saw.


Paolini: Eragon c2003 fantasy
Eragons life is changed into a world of suspense, survival and magic after he finds a mysterious stone from which a dragon hatches.


Park: When My Name was Keoko c2002 historical fiction
Teenage siblings describe the struggles of their Korean family to preserve its culture during WWII Japanese occupation.


Patent: Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny c2006 nonfiction
The history of the American Indians dependence on the bison and their relationship from prehistoric times to the present is traced. Each chapter is intorduced with a legend about the buffalo from various tribes.

River between us

Peck: The River Between Us c2003 historical fiction, diversity
During the Civil War, two mysterious young ladies travel from New Orleans to Illinois and are taken in by a family. As the story unfolds so does the mystery of their lives.

Sunita Sen

Perkins: The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen (Original Title: The Sunita Experiment) c1993 diversity
When grandparents from India visit, Sunita resents her Indian heritage.

Break with Charity

Rinaldi: A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials c1992 historical fiction
In 1706, the town of Salem is in an uproar due to the Salem witch trials. The story is told from the perspective of Susanna English, who is caught between her desire to join the malicious group of girls who are spreading the mischief and her fear of what they are doing.


White: Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083c2005 adventure, science fiction
In the year 2083, five 14-year-olds contestants in a reality TV program reenact Scotts 1910-1913 dangerous expedition to the South Pole.


Blackwood: Year of the Hangman c2002 alternate hitory adventure
In 1777, 15-year-old Creighton is kidnapped from England and taken to the American colonies, where he becomes involved in the political unrest than can change the course of history.