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Middle School Novels

Help make sense of adolescence with books that explore everything from evolving friendships to self-reliance.


Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
A Southern girl reaches out to new classmates during desegregation. Learn more.

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.

Double Fudge by Judy Blume
An awkward 7th grader deals with his 5-year-old brother's moneymaking schemes. Learn more.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Get to know a smart, musical, love-struck boy who must balance all the nuances of 8th grade with his brother's leukemia diagnosis. 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?

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Two social outcasts become firm friends in this novel that inspired the feature film The Mighty. Learn more.

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.

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Journey with a magically gifted boy to the mysterious Bloor's Academy. Learn more.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Millicent may have a high IQ, but she still has a lot to learn about friendship. Learn more.

The Misfits by James Howe
Four friends resolve to stand up to their classmates' bullying. 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.

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
Fast-moving, muscular, and perceptive, this book shows how a stellar basketball star must face up to bigger challenges: his education and his future. Learn more.

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?

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