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Best Books for Middle Schoolers: From Our Wonderful Middle School Librarian!

Best Books for Middle School Kids

My oldest daughter is lucky in that she has the best Middle School librarian who really cares about finding books that make kids excited to read. He posted this list on our school eNewsletter which is how I found it. I think that by Middle School, students pretty have a good sense of the types of chapter books that they like to read so his list, by genre, is particularly helpful. His list includes: Adventure/Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror/Supernatural, Science Fiction, Biographies/Non-Fiction, and Poetry. There is something for any tween or teen on his list!

What is your tween/teen enjoying? Please share! And what is your librarian recommending? They always have great recommendations!


The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Tunnel Vision by Susan Shaw

The Secret of ROVER by Rachel Wildavsky

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Realistic Fiction

Then I Met My Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams


The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Historical Fiction

City of Orphans by Avi

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Five 4ths of July by Pat Raccio Hughes

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pickney

Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan

Graphic Novels

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Around the World by Matt Phelan

Bad Island by Doug Tennapel

I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang

The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen


Chime by Franny Billingsley

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Horror/ Supernatural

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Flip by Martyn Bedford

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford

This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales by Chris Vall Allsburg

Science Fiction

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster

Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel by Jon S. Lewis

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Kelly and G. Grant Link

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Biographies & Non-Fiction

Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom by Sue Macy

How to Cook: Delicious Dishes by Maggie Mayhew

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea and Air by Stewart Ross

Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe by  Susan Goldman Rubin


Hidden by Helen Frost

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Orchards by Holly Thompson

Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    What a great list! Thanks for posting!!! A great librarian can really make a difference especially for some children!

  2. vanita

    great list! my 14 and 15 year old girls will love it. they are book lovers just like their mama! thanks for sharing. oh and by the way, i got THE email! thank you so much for recommending me for such a wonderful opportunity.

  3. hi Mia,
    sending this to my newly minted middle schooler now, thanks!
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