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					                   Recommended Reading for Middle School
                        Great new books to enjoy:


                                     Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

                                     A Newbery Honor Book. After being sold to a
                                     cruel couple in New York City, a slave named
                                     Isabel spies for the rebels during the
                                     Revolutionary War. She is driven by the question,
                                     “If a whole country can declare independence,
                                     why can’t I?”




Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life
is like as he tries to make sense of his world.



  Pastworld: a Mystery of the Near Future by
  Ian Beck
  In 2050, while visiting Pastworld, a Victorian
  London theme park, teenaged Caleb meets
  seventeen-year-old      Eve,    a   Pastworld
  inhabitant who has no knowledge of the
  modern world, and both become pawns in a
  murderer's diabolical plan that reveals
  disturbing truths about the teenagers' origins.
The Vanishing Violin, the Red Blazer Girls series by Michael D. Beil
Seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann follow a trail of cryptic clues
to locate a rare violin, catch the person sneaking into St. Veronica's School for late-night
cleaning and redecorating, and outsmart a conniving classmate.



                                               Exodus by Julie Bertagna
                                               In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is
                                               about to be covered by water, fifteen-
                                               year-old Mara discovers the existence of
                                               New World sky cities that are safe from
                                               the storms and rising waters, and
                                               convinces her people to travel to one of
                                               these cities in order to save themselves.




Pig-Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
Cameron is thirteen and desperately in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering
doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new
heart- but not one from a human, one from a pig. It’s never been done before. It’s
experimental, risky and controversial. It’s all up to Cameron. Will he become the first
ever pig-heart boy. Short listed for the Carnegie Medal, this is a powerful story about
friendship, loyalty and family.

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Cammie Morgan questions the loyalty of her classmates and friends after she learns that
one of her most trusted allies is actually a double-agent, and now danger follows her
everywhere.




  Empty Mirror by James Lincoln Collier
  Thirteen-year-old Nick, whose parents died in
  the 1918 flu epidemic, must find out why his
  mirror-image is causing mischief around their
  New England town and making sure Nick gets
  the blame.
      If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney
      Torn apart by tragedies and the publicity
      they brought, siblings Smithy, Jack, and
      Madison, aged fourteen to sixteen, tap into
      their parent's courage to pull together and
      protect their brother Tris, nearly three, from
      further media exploitation and a much more
      sinister threat.




Eight Plus One: Stories by Robert Cormier by Robert Cormier
A collection of nine short stories written between 1965 and 1975 including "The
Moustache," "Mine on Thursdays," and "Another of Mike's Girls."

The Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon
In the Pellinor series, the action begins with the discovery of a manuscript from the lost
civilization of Edil-Amarandah. It chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad,
an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and
begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to
consume her world. Book One of the series is titled The Naming, and book two is The
Riddle.

The Fire Eternal by Chris D’Lacey
As the weather grows wilder and the ice caps melt, Arctic bears starve, dragons awake,
the earth goddess Gaia becomes restless, and Alexa, the daughter of best-selling author
David Rain, uses her special abilities in an attempt to save the world from the forces of
evil.
                                            The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
                                            Book One in the Oracle Prophecies
                                            series, this volume introduces Mirany
                                            after she is chosen to be ‘Bearer-of-the-
                                            god.’ She questions the established
                                            order and sets out, along with a musician
                                            and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir
                                            of the religious leader known as the
                                            Archon.




The Siege of Macindaw, Ranger’s Apprentice Book 6 by John Flanagan
Will, who has become a protector of his first fief after many years as a Ranger's
apprentice, is faced with many challenges when Keren, a renegade knight, takes over
Castle Macindaw and forges a secret alliance with Scotti.


Erak’s Ransom, Book 7 in the ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
On a mission to pay the ransom of a new ally, apprentice Will and his friends find
themselves in a desert wasteland awash with enemies.



Cat among the Pigeons by Julia Golding
Catherine "Cat" Royal, an orphan who lives at the
Drury Lane Theater in 1790s London, rallies her
friends to try to save Pedro from the clutches of
Mr. Hawkins, a slavemaster who considers Pedro
his property.




Found by Margaret Petersen Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were
discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on
board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two
opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent
high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best
friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical
formula to explain his relationships.



My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
When the family's drugstore is failing, seventh-
grader Lucy uses her problem-solving talents to
come up with a solution that might resuscitate
the business and help the environment.




Syren, Septimus Heap Series, book 5
Wolf Boy is sent on a Task by Aunt Zelda, while Septimus and the dragon, Spit Fyre, fly
off to bring their friends home, but they all wind up on an island whose secrets are as
dangerous as its inhabitants.




                                               Blood River: A James Bond Adventure
                                               by Charles Higson
                                               Book two in the Young Bond series, we
                                               find thirteen-year-old James Bond. He is
                                               an Eton student and member of the
                                               Danger Society, travels to his cousin's
                                               home on the Italian island of Sardinia
                                               where he becomes involved in trying to
                                               unravel the mystery behind an ancient
                                               Roman society and an art heist that have
                                               left a young girl's life hanging in the
                                               balance.
Homecoming, Ghostgirl book 2 by Tonya Hurley
When Petula becomes deathly ill, her sister Scarlet seeks help from former classmate
Charlotte, for whom the afterlife has become burdensome, leaving her just as insecure
and isolated as she was while she was alive.




 Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
 High school senior Leo Caraway, a
 conservative Republican, learns that his
 biological father is a punk rock legend.




Piratica: being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl’s Adventure upon the High Seas
presented most handsomely by the Notorious Tanith Lee
Artemesia finally escapes the prim and proper world of finishing schools and sets out to
win her mother's title as pirate queen of the seas until she meets her match against
Goldie Girl, the treacherous captain of the pirate ship "Enemy."

Messenger by Lois Lowry
In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a
young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging
healing power that he cannot explain or understand.




                                   Wicked Will: a mystery of young William
                                   Shakespeare by Bailey MacDonald
                                   Performing in the English town of Stratford-on-
                                   Avon in 1576, a young actress, who is disguised as a
                                   boy, uncovers a murder mystery with help from a
                                   local lad named Will Shakespeare.
The Death-defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
Pepper Roux decides to test fate and embarks on a journey the day before he turns
fourteen, which is also the day he is expected to die, meeting outrageous friends and
dangerous enemies along the way.

Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
Winnie's thirteenth year brings many joys and challenges as she negotiates her
relationship with her first boyfriend and realizes that change is inevitable in her friends,
family, and even herself.

                                    The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo
                                    Winner of Carnegie Award for Children’s
                                    Literature
                                    Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's
                                    murder, Sade and her younger brother are
                                    abandoned in London when their uncle fails to
                                    meet them at the airport and they are fearful of
                                    their new surroundings and of what may have
                                    happened to their journalist father back in
                                    Nigeria.



The Hound of Rowan The Tapestry, Book 1 by Henry H. Neff
After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max
McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy where he trains in "mystics and
combat" in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping
children like him.




 Day of the Assassins by Johnny O’Brian
 Fifteen-year-old Jack is sent to 1914
 Europe as a pawn in the battle between
 his long-lost father, who has built a time
 machine, and a secret network of
 scientists who want to prevent him from
 trying to use it to change history for the
 better. Includes historical notes.
The dangerous days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter,
exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his
first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence Earth and another planet are at stake.

Emily the Strange: the Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
Emily the Strange has lost her memory and finds herself in the town of Blackrock with
nothing more than her diary, her slingshot, and the clothes on her back.

Framed by Malcolm Rose
Forensic scientist Luke Harding and his robot assistant must solve a series of on-campus
murders, especially since Luke is being framed for the murders.

The Sorceress by Michael Scott
While armies of the Shadowrealms gather and Machiavelli goes to Alcatraz to kill
Perenelle Flamel, fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman accompany the
Alchemist to England to seek Gilgamesh.



                                             When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
                                             Newbery Award Winner. As her mother
                                             prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s
\                                            television game show, "The $20,000
                                             Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York
                                             City girl tries to make sense of a series of
                                             mysterious notes received from an
                                             anonymous source that seems to defy
                                             the laws of time and space.




A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
In London in the 1680s, sixteen-year-old Meg tries to decide whether to marry either of
the two men who court her, taking into account both love and her writing ambitions.



Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the
Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery,
forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air
Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
   Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline
   Woodson
   Through letters to his little sister, who is
   living in a different foster home, sixth-
   grader Lonnie, also known as
   "Locomotion," keeps a record of their
   lives while they are apart, describing his
   own foster family, including his foster
   brother who returns home after losing a
   leg in the Iraq War.




Escape under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem
Lucy's mother, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, keeps Lucy confined to the embassy,
but Lucy's desire to see what is beyond the compound walls gets her kidnapped and she
must rely upon her knowledge and courage in order to escape.


           Marymount International Paris Library - Updated October 2010

				
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