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7th Grade Reading List

Best Books for Middle School

Seven words fill me with dread, “Mom, I have nothing good to read.” Ironic that our house bulges with books for kids. Everyone room has a bookcase or a pile of books but like the Cobbler’s kids, mine have nothing good to read.

I can usually always find something for my younger two, but my oldest has a good point. We have much less inventory for her. Young Adult is new to me and our shelves lack pre-screened YA books for her.

It’s a new year and that will change. But first, to find good YA books for her. I turned to her amazing English teacher (post parent/teacher conference) and am now consulting StorySnoops, a blog she recommends. I’m collecting book lists from the middle school librarian like this one below. I found Your Next Read on Pinterest. It makes book recommendations similar to the one you type in. I’ve also asked my daughter for book recommendations from her friends.

What do you do to find good books for your middle school kid? Please share!!! Mine likes realistic fiction, and action adventure fantasy. Paranormal is great but it has to be set in modern times. The books I am selecting for her to check out are starred.

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p.s. Do you judge books by the cover? There are no descriptions of the books here but if you click on image, you can read the blurb at Amazon. My daughter will likely pick first by cover and then by blurb. And if any book blogger leaves me a link to your book review, I’d be delighted to link to it. Thanks!



My 7th grader hasn’t read mysteries since American Girl Doll mystery books in 3rd and 4th grade. I like the combination of Tokyo and mystery and will see if I can get her to give it a try.

Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Secret Letters by Leah Scheier

Double by Jenny Valentine


Realistic Fiction

This is a genre she likes. Laugh with the Moon also teaches about what we can do to help developing countries so I’d love for her to read that. I think See You At Harry’s might win a Newbery and I loved it. Books about boy/girl relationships are relevant to her now. The Love at First Sight book is perfect for her. I know she likes Sonnenblick so even though it looks like a baseball book, it’s worth a try. (She plays soccer not softball).

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles *

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith *

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick *



You can’t go wrong with humorous! I would recommend anything by Carl Hiaasen in general. This is a great category of books for kids who don’t love to read.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley


Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction should be renamed Historical Adventure because typically it is a riveting story and not a dusty retelling of something boring from a long time ago. Crow keeps popping up again and again on lists. That’s the first one I want to read on this list.

The Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

For What It’s Worth by Janet Tashjian

Tracks by Diane Lee Wilson

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman

Crow by Barbara Wright


Graphic Novels

We loved Drama and are looking for more graphic novels with girl appeal.

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

The Girl Who Owned a City by Dan Jolley

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Pandemonium by Chris Wooding



My daughter doesn’t tend to like Fantasy because she likes books set in modern times. Still, Serafina might tempt her.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Horror/ Supernatural

I am too squeamish for Horror but my daughter and I like Supernatural like Twilight and Born at Midnight. The key for her is the setting MUST be modern day.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Transcendence by C.J. Omololu

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley

Science Fiction

We like science fiction that turns on character and relationships like A Wrinkle in Time. I’ve heard great things about A Year without Autumn and my daughter is a fan of her Emily Windsnap series.

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

The Vindico by Wesley King

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Biographies & Nonfiction

My daughter doesn’t read biographies or nonfiction. I’m hoping the origami and art book will appeal to her as she is artsy. The cook book looks great too!

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue,and Mystery during World War II by Louise Borden

Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian by Matthew Locricchio

The Fairy Ring, or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead by Duy Nguyen

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake



I want to get my kids reading more poetry because we really don’t read any at all. These book covers are VERY appealing!

Eva of the Farm by Dia Calhoun

The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems by Georgia Heard

Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill

Running with Trains by Michael J. Rosen

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I believe I read Crow in less than 2 days..great story! My 6th grader finished Lions of Little Rock and The Best Bad Luck (by author); she really liked.both! I usually let them find their own books, but believe it or mot, they find most of their books by looking at the library displays! If we ever find ourselves struggling to find a good one, I simply tell the librarian what they’ve read then they enter title into ‘If you read this, then you would like this’. Gotta love librarians!!!!

    • Hi Monise,
      You are such a great role model to bring great books into your kids lives! And you are so right about librarians. They are wonderful! And their displays are deliberate — they are trying to get kids to read the good stuff! Good point about using them to find great books! I just ordered Lions of Little Rock and now I am going to buy Crow on your recommendation. Thank you!
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  2. Has she read anything by Madeleine L’Engle or Susan Cooper? She might like their books.
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    • Hi MaryAnne,
      She liked A Wrinkle in Time so I bought her the whole series but she only liked the first book. She didn’t like The Dark is Rising series but I like it a lot. Thanks for those recommendations though! She doesn’t tend to like the classics I read as a child. There’s something about a slower build to the climax that kids these days have no patience for. Sad!
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  3. Asianmommy

    Wow–what a wide variety of books! I love historical fiction–I learn so much from it.
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  4. Nadine

    My 6th grade daughter LOVES “realistic drama.” She is currently reading “13 Reasons Why” and I had my reservations due to the content but we are using it as a platform for discussion. Her favorite a couple years ago was Dr. Mr. Henshaw. I think she’d like something like Jodi Picoult/Nicholas Sparks genre of books as she likes the summaries she reads in the back of my books.

    • Hi Nadine,
      Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ll pass that to my 7th grade daughter! I had given her some YA books last year that she said were too “slutty” like Things We Did But Shouldn’t Have and 20 Boy Summer. Ah well. You can’t tell unless you read ahead. I think using it as a platform for discussion is such a good idea. I need to read it too!
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  5. Thanks so much! I am in a Goodreads YA lit group and sometimes we can recommend titles for the monthly reads (3 a month–one fiction, one nonfiction, and one teacher professional book). I pinned this for when I need a new title. The only one on this list I knew was the art book, which is excellent. I have purchased a few of these and they are unread as yet, it will motivate me to read them now. Thanks!
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  6. Great list. Thanks! Will be sharing this list.
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  7. My son just finished Carl Hiaasen’s SCAT. We may try CHOMP. Thanks for the list. Do you have a list for 5th grader?
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  8. What a fab list – have pinned to our board.

    I’d also recommend books that we have reviewed;
    The Hobbit
    The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (novel told in verse)
    Louis Beside Himself by Anna Fienberg
    The Best Day of my Life by Deborah Ellis
    In Darkness by Nick Lake (recently won the Printz award)
    Flip by Martyn Bedford

  9. Such a really comprehensive list. We’re reading Seraphina now. If you love Dragons this is the story to read. Captures the readers attention immediately.
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  10. What a great list! I wonder if she would like any of the books by Margarita Engle or Julia Alvarez? She might want to browse them and see if they interest her. I’d second the recommendation for In Darkness–I haven’t read it yet, but it’s sitting on my table ready as soon as I get a little free time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I always appreciate the excellent resources you offer on your blog!
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  11. You have so many great suggestions on this list! I am so looking forward to reading the rest of The Raven Boys series and the next installment of The False Prince. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf!

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