What are the best middle school classics?

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    #1Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
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    Bobby Sullivan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I read this book as a middle school student and now my own children have read the book as well. This is truly one of the classics of American literature and is a story that every child resonates with. I really love the interactions between Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte that occur throughout this book. My youngest daughter was so enamored with this book that she read it four times over the course of last year. I have given this book as a gift to other middle school age children as well as the book is such a family favorite for everyone."
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    #2Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.

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    Harry Bell
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a book of fantasy that is great for Middle School age readers. I loved the friendship between Jess and Leslie. The story is very well written and it is easy to identify with the main characters. "
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    #3Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting is a classic children's novel by Natalie Babbit that tells the story of the immortal Tuck family who has realized that immortality is as much a curse as it is a blessing, and so is determined to save Winnie Foster from this fate.

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    Patricia Hopkins
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. This highly thought-provoking book makes you consider if you'd live forever if you could."
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    #4Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 

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    Gloria Reynolds
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "Treasure island is one of the first classic adventure stories I remember reading. Even as a kid in the 90s with the wonders of the internet, I found this book exciting and fascinating. I imagined myself as Jim going on a daring adventure."
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    #5Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Micaela de la Torre
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "Number of Stars by Lois Lowry offers insight into the Danish Resistance when Annemarie Johansen's family hides, Ellen, her best friend when the German troops start to take the Jews from Denmark. Annemarie is but ten years old, and gives the account of the resistance and the fact that Denmark smuggled almost seven thousand Jews to Sweden to save them. "
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    #6The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Anthony Weber
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Giver is one of my favorite books that we read in middle school. The structure of this society is very frightening. I remember imaging how it must have been to live and serve in this place. A very interesting book and thought provoking."
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    #7The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    Victoria Wade
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "I think that everyone who had to go read this book. It's still one of the best classics from middle school, and all kids should read it."
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    #8Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age adventure novel by Wilson Rawls that tells the story of Billy and his two hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. This is a story about dogs' loyalty and abiding love for their masters.

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    Kathy Kelly
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a timeless and classic story for middle schoolers. When I read this book as a child, it was the first time I ever cried while reading a book. The story truly draws you in and is an excellent read!"
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    #9Black Beauty

    Black Beauty
    Black Beauty is a classic children's novel by Anna Sewell that tells the story of a horse named Black Beauty as he lives his life first in happiness in the care of a loving owner, to more unfortunate circumstances as a working horse.
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    Philip Ryan
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "When I was a kid I remember reading Black Beauty and really liking it. It's one of the middle school classics that everybody should read when they are just entering adolescence. My niece hadn't read it, so I gave it to her as a gift and she loved it! "
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    #10The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Steven Luo
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great book for middle school children. It is well written and the new york times claims it to be a life changing book. It will really show the children what it was like to grow up in a very difficult time and the courage you must show to overcome hardship that they can use later on in their lives. "
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    #11Catherine, Called Birdy

    Catherine, Called Birdy

    Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman is a children's fiction book about a protagonist who was forced to marry a man she does not love. This book was originally published in 1994.

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    Anthony Myers
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Catherine, Called Birdy is a good example of a typical modern middle school classic in this post-feminist/feminist Western society. It teaches children an early ideology about equal rights between the sexes. This novel has been taught in numerous middle schools."
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    #12The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    Not every adolescent girl is accused of killing, send to trial and found guilty. But this is exactly the story of Charlotte Doyle. A girl whose strong ideas and actions may offend you, but this is her truth. 

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    Amy Chen
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book. However, I am an adult, and I do not believe middle school students should be reading about killing and murdering others. I believe it is a bit offensive for this age of students."
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    #13Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 

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    #14Speak

    Speak

    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.

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    Xu Pan
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Speak is a gripping story about rape, PTSD, and isolation. It's a great choice for young adults, especially those in middle school."
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    #15A Year Down Yonder

    A Year Down Yonder
    A Year Down Yonder is a dramatic inspirational novel for young adults written by Richard Peck. It was released in 2000. It won the Newbery Medal, the ALA Best Book for YAs, the ALA Notable Book award and a New York Times Bestseller.
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    Robert Palmer
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This would be a great book for a middle school aged kid. It was easy to read and quite funny. I recommend it for that age group! "
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    #16Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

    Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

    Are You There God? It's Me Margaret is a book by Judy Blume that tells the story of Margaret. She is an eleven-year-old girl who is facing the typical struggles of growing up. To cope she will talk to God.

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    Alice Walker
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This is a storybook, no a class textbook. It is a good book though. But it is not for the topic."
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    #17Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet is the first book in Brian's Saga by written by Gary Paulsen which tells the tale of 13-year-old Brian Robeson who finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness after the plane he was riding on his way to visit his father crashes. 

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    Mark Green
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I read this book and it was really moving and interesting to read.The story line was very heart-stopping and very dramatic and I could not help not noticing that time had passed so fast. I would recommend it to anyone over 12."
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    #18The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Ann Boyd
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "While this is a classic book that many people will enjoy, I do not agree that it is a middle school classic. Yes, some middle-school students will be at this reading level, but the average student will not. This book is better suited for a high-school or college student. It is a complex read that is will become easier to understand after more life experience."
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    #19Grendel

    Grendel

    Grendel by John Gardner is a mythological fantasy fiction novel published in 1971. This classic book follows a monster called Grendel and its epic battle journey. Grendel is a known antagonist in the English literature, Beowulf.

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    Wayne Santos
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "One of the best classic books that I remember reading in middle school was Grendel. This book offered a pretty deep story and I remember being able to connect with the characters as they developed."
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    #20Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys is the final book in the Little Women trilogy written by Louisa May Alcott which follows centers on a Plumfield school in New England, which is still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhae. 

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    Harry Long
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Good recommendation, The book in question has no reviews so I cant say for sure if this is what classifies as a "middle school classic". However the issue was solved. "
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    #21Christ Stopped at Eboli

    Christ Stopped at Eboli

    Christ Stopped At Eboli: The Story of a Year is a modern work of literature by the noted doctor, painter, and philosopher, Carlo Levi. It is a story about a people who are still living the archaic lifestyles of their ancestors. 

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    Mark Richardson
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I was pleasantly surprised after reading Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year. This book was published in the late 1940's but it reads like a modern work of literature. Carlo Levi, was confined as a political prisoner because of his opposition to Italy's Fascist government. He tells about his reflections on the harsh landscape and the people living in this land at the time. It's a really riveting read and one that I think serves a good purpose in understanding the division that was relevant in Italy between the North and South prior to World War 2. This is a must read for those interested more in the historical accounts during this era."
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    #22The Leopard

    The Leopard

    The Leopard is a story written by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa but was posthumously published in 1958. It was adapted to a film of the same name in 1963. It tells the story of a powerful Sicilian family who is threatened by the rise of democracy.

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    #23Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society
    Dead Poets Society is a novel written by N. H. Kleinbau based on the multiple award-winning film of the same name. It is a coming-of-age story about a group of boys trying to make their lives memorable by reviving the Dead Poets Society club.
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    Wayne Hunt
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The link is to the product page on Amazon for the book Dead Poets Society by N. Kleinbaum. The Dead Poets Society is a novel based on the multiple award-winning film of the same name. It is a coming-of-age story about a group of boys trying to make their lives memorable by reviving the Dead Poets Society club. The book is available in Paperback, and a Kindle version."
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    #24Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, one of the most famous medieval classics written in the early parts of the 14th century. It is widely recognized as one of the greatest works of literature.

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    Timothy Mitchell
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Definitely not what the topic is on, so I would have to give this a 0 based on being completely off-topic"
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    #25The Revolution Betrayed

    The Revolution Betrayed
    The Revolution Betrayed is a book by Leon Trotsky criticizing the policies enforced by Josef Stalin and his government after the death of Vladimir Lenin. Using facts, Trotsky proves that Stalinism is a betrayal to the October Revolution.
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    Jorge Torres
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "If you're a history buff like me then you have probably read The Revolution Betrayed back in school. If not, it gives you great insight into the history of Russia after Lenin died. This book is a classic and is read by thousands of school kids every year."
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    #26My Antonia

    My Antonia

    My Antonia is a historical classic fiction written by Willa Carther. This novel is the third book in Cather's Great Plains Trilogy. First published in 1918 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2006 by Virago.

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Best What are the best middle school classics
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Charlotte's WebBooks 38 Paid
2Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 36 Paid
3Tuck EverlastingBooks 33 Paid
4Treasure IslandBooks 33 Paid
5Number the StarsBooks 31 Paid
6The GiverBooks 30 Paid
7The Secret GardenBooks 28 Paid
8Where the Red Fern GrowsBooks 25 Paid
9Black BeautyBooks 24 Paid
10The Book ThiefBooks 23 Paid
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