Middle School Reads

    • Aru Shah and the End of Time
      Roshani Chokshi

      Telling fibs in order to fit in better with her wealthier peers, 12-year-old Aru Shah spends her school break at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, where her decision to light a cursed lamp unwittingly releases an ancient demon.

    • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
      M.T. Anderson

      Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom.

    • 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 Lifters
      Dave Eggers

      What if nothing was as it seemed? What if the ground beneath your feet was not made of solid earth and stone but had been hollowed into hundreds of tunnels and passageways? What if there were mysterious forces in these tunnels, mere inches below you as you sit in class or eat a banana?.

    • 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.

    • The Only Game
      Mike Lupica

      Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small town with high hopes

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • Slider
      Pete Hautman

      Entering the world's greatest pizza-eating contest after secretly putting thousands of dollars onto his mother's credit card, a young competitive eater finds his efforts complicated by family denial about his younger brother's autism.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Winterhouse
      Ben Guterson

      Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.