Middle School Novels
Help make sense of adolescence with books that explore everything from evolving friendships to self-reliance.
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Spend a school year in Switzerland with 13-year-old Dinnie as she discovers life's possibilities. Learn more.
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
Mature readers will find much to explore in this book about the unlikely alliance between a loudmouthed boy and a self-described Ugly Girl.
Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis
Before Luther Farrell can find an honest living, intellectual fulfillment, and the love of his life, he must escape his hometown and his angry, scam-artist mother.
Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise
Follow the travels of a less-than-normal family as they pack up all their possessions after an ugly incident at school. Learn more.
Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
A group of 6th graders decide not to tell anyone their teacher doesn't show up — but what happens when an argument breaks out that they're not grown-up enough to settle?
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
A Newbery Award-winning tale of a boy whose athletic accomplishments made him a legend and unify his segregated town. Learn more.
Nothing But the Truth by Avi
Told through journal entries, newspaper clippings, and transcripts of phone calls, this innovative novel explores what happens when a student's suspension becomes national news.
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
A misfit 7th grader learns to love herself with the help of an inspirational teacher.
Snail Mail No More by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
Two friends email school stories across the miles in this hip sequel to P.S. Longer Letter Later. Learn more.
Taking Sides by Gary Soto
A middle-school basketball player transfers to an affluent school, but he has to face his old team from the barrio on the court. Learn more.
The Wish by Gail Carson Levine
How long will an 8th grader's enchanted popularity last?