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Hot Books for Middle School Boys

last modified on 09/10/2010

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If you don't like to read, you haven't found the book. If you do like to read, you'll be interested in this list of books that inspired may middle school boys to read. These are a few of the books that my sixth grade boys have recommended to their classmates. Mary Blow is a 6th grade English Teacher at Lowville Academy and a 2010-2011. Scholastic Teacher Advisor. Visit Mary on her Scholastic Blog at: http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/mary_blow/.

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Among the Hidden

(Shadow Children)

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Series, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

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Eragon

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy, an orphan taken in by relatives, one among the masses. Soon he discovers that nothing is farther from the truth. When his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed, Eragon must flee the tyrannical King Galbatrorix.

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Gregor the Overlander

(The Underland Chronicles)

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Series, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident.

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Hatchet

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics, Series

Resources: Yes

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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present, and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce.

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Midnight for Charlie Bone

(Children of the Red King)

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Series, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he can hear people speaking through their photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted; it means that he is one of the chosen.

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The Black Pearl

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure

Resources: Yes

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From the depths of a cave in the Vermilion Sea, Ramon Salazar has wrested a black pearl so lustrous and captivating that his father, an expert pearl dealer, is certain Ramon has found the legendary Pearl of Heaven. But is there a price to pay for a prize so great?

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The Contest

(Everest)

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 6

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Series

Resources: Yes

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Four Kids. One Mountain. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes — and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.

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The House of the Scorpion

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patron's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.

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The Hunger Games

(The Hunger Games)

Interest Level: Grades 7 - 9

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Series, Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play.

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The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Bass Reeves was a black man, born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend.

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The Lightning Thief

(Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. Twelve-year-old Percy is always in trouble, and it doesn't help that he's started seeing monsters everywhere! Things become clearer when Percy discovers he is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea.

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The Maze

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Just fourteen, Rick Walder is alone, on the run, and desperate. Stowing away in the back of a truck, he suddenly finds himself at a dead end, out in the middle of nowhere. The Maze.

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The Trap

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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Johnny's grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, has taken care of his Alaskan traplines for sixty years. This time, however, Albert doesn't return in a timely manner, and temperatures are dropping fast.

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The Young Man and the Sea

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure

Resources: Yes

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Skiff's mom died recently, and his fisherman dad won't get off the TV couch to do anything but get another beer, so these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself.

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Touching Spirit Bear

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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"Mikaelsen tells a gory survival story that evolves into an inspiring and sophisticated coming-of-age journey. . . . Cole's journey to self-realization and truth through hardship, confrontation, and ritual will fascinate young and old . . . and have everyone waiting for the sequel." --Voice of Youth Advocates

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