Middle School Summer Reading List

Bold Books for Middle School Readers

Adapted from English Journal, Colorado State University, March 2006 Don Gallo

Alex Rider Adventures series by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker  by Anthony Horowitz

Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science by John Fleischman

The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

Gold Dust  by Chris Lynch

How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other

Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen

Inside Out by Terry Trueman

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Peter Nelson

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants  by Ann Brashares

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

Zazoo by Richard

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L. A. Meyer

The Boyfriend List  by E. Lockhart

The Goose Girl  by Shannon Hale

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

A Northern Light  by Jennifer Donnelly

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg

The Search for Belle Prater by Ruth White

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

The Year of Secret Assignments  by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Airborn by Kenneth

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

And in the Morning by John Wilson

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Can’t Get There from Here by Todd Strasser

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Down the Yukon  by Will Hobbs

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

The Misfits  by James Howe

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe

B for Buster by Iain Lawrence

A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer

Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

Island Boyz  by Graham Salisbury

Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury

My Brother’s Keeper by Patricia McCormick

Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan

Stuck in Neutral  by Terry Trueman

The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck

Things Not Seen by Bruce Clements

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

You Don’t Know Me by David Klass

Esperanza Rising  by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Stargirl  by Jerry Spinel

Ashes of Roses  by Mary Jane Auch

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems and Letters edited by Paul B. Janeczko

Cut by Patricia McCormick

East by Edith Pattou

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Flower by Irene N. Watts

Homeless Bird  by Gloria Whelan

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Mountain Solo by Jeanette Ingold

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place  by E. L. Konigsburg

Pictures of Hollis Woods  by Patricia Reilly Giff

So B. It  by Sarah Weeks

Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian

Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights  by Russell Freedman

The Land by Mildred D. Taylor

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America’s Bill of Rights by Russell Freedman

Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

On the Fringe edited by Donald R. Gallo

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick

The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier

Shakepeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge

Shattered: Stories of Children and War edited by Jennifer Armstrong

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie  by Elizabeth Partridge

Witness by Karen Hesse

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck