What are the best must-read books for middle school students?

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    #1Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is J.K. Rowling's seven-book series depicting Harry and his life as a student in Hogwarts, the wizarding school. Aside from tests, Quidditch matches, and Hagrid's dangerous beasts, Harry also has to survive the wrath of the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

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    Doris May
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "Absolutely a must-read for all middle school students. This fantastical series has so many twist, turns and suspense. Your child will become an instant fan, so expect to watch all the movies as well!"
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    #2The 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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    Beverly King
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I'm a middle school student and wanted a new book to read. I found The Giver, which is a must-read book for middle school students. It's by Lois Lowry and tells the tale of Jonas. Jonas lives in a structured society where everyone is given a role (thus, the title, The Giver). The role he is given changes his life. I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but this book is an amazing read. Check it out if you love to read and want a very immersive and fascinating story."
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    #3The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.


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    Rodrigo Segura
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "As is common knowledge, the Hunger Games is a wonderfully acclaimed series, that in my opinion, is well worth the read for anyone who is interested! That being said, I really personally do not feel as though this is the best book/series for middle school students. It isn't so much that I find the book to be too 'adult' for that age group, but more that I feel the book and series would be more useful as a learning tool with children who are slightly older. "
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    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.


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    Ethan Valdez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A very inventive and interesting book that has a good plot and character development. I liked the sense of mystery in the book and was engrossed in it."
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    #5The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 

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    Eric Silva
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Percy Jackson is one of the best kids books you can read. its an adventure from beginning to end that any middle school student would love "
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    #6The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.

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    Joe Weber
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Finding books can be tough for young teens. Sometimes it requires the help of others who have already read it first. The Outsiders is a great recommendation for young teens. It's a story about a kid who doesn't quite fit in. Well written and better read!"
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    #7Bridge 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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    Zachary Sullivan
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "This is a classic read for all young adults. It is the perfect coming of age book that looks at friendships, relationship, and a twist of school time shenanigans. Once you pick it up, you will have a hard time putting it down."
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    #8Number 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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    Lawrence Ryan
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This book is great for kids in middle school they will definitely love it."
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    #9The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Alexander Curtis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a excellent book and is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings Books. I believe it is a must read for all fantasy fans, and adventurers alike. "
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    #10Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Marie Guerrero
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Every person needs to read this book, middle school or not. The plight of Anne and her family is heart wrenching and moving."
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    #11Gender Blender

    Gender Blender

    Gender Blender is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Blake Nelson which follows the story of sixth grade school students Emma and Jeff who switched body. This is a novel about gender differences for middle school students. 


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    Jonathan Simmons
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "It's a great book for younger kids. My daughter really enjoyed it. I only read some of it because it's a little young for me, but I like what it was saying, I thought the topic was really interesting, and it's definitely worth your kids time."
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    #12Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2004. This book has a movie adaptation popularly known as 3 Idiots which was released in 2009. Five Point Someone won The Publisher's Recognition Award in 2005.


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    John Turner
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Five Point Someone was an interesting read. It was recommended to me by one of my teachers. The book touched on a lot of topics that I cared about and kept my eyes glued to the pages until the end."
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    #13Mickey & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

    Mickey & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

    Mickey & Me is the fifth book in the Baseball Card Adventures series written by Dan Gutman which centers on a boy named Joe Stoshack who can travel through time with baseball cards.


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    Joseph Gonzales
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "i would not consider this a must read book"
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    #14Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat)

    Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat)

    Change-up: Mystery at the World Series is the fourth book in The Sports Beat series written by John Feinstein which centers on teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol sent to cover the World Series particularly the famous Norbert Doyle.


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    Omar Toledo
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Probably on f the best sports related books for kids in middle school. If you have kids that are baseball fans then they will absolutely enjoy this title more than the average reader. I personally have no interest in baseball and have a new found respect for the game and what goes into it."
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    #15So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening is a novel about the struggles of Isabella Kirkwood in moving to a different town. Forced by the circumstance that her parents separated ways, she will be facing her new world alone.


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    Diya Venkatesan
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "Not sure I would call it a must-read for that age group, but it is a good book for late elementary students who are just getting into chapter books. "
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    Undergrounders is a young adult sports fiction written by David Skuy tells the story of the homeless boy named Jonathan after his mother died and meets Lewis who helps him improve his hockey skills. 


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    Kyle Lane
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book turns your life into an active immagination that flows through the veins. Such an interesting adventure, thriller and action that you deffinitely should read."
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    #17I'm So Sure (Charmed Life)

    I'm So Sure (Charmed Life)

    I'm So Sure is a novel about the teenage girl Bella who got involved in a reality show because of his stepfather. It's like having a camera wherever she goes and she will live with it while experiencing typical teenage problems.


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    Kyle Williamson
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "This is a genius idea. it will really help students reflect on their lives. "
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    #18One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2005. This book follows the story of a group of six call center agents working in a giant call center company.


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    David James
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This book gave me a look into a world I would have otherwise never really looked into. Although the characters come from a different background, I was able to identify with them on a human level and see the similar challenges they face in everyday life. While I didn't really find the book polished, I'd recommend it to my friends."
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    #19No More Dead Dogs

    No More Dead Dogs

    No More Dead Dogs is a standalone fiction novel written by Gordon Korman which centers on football player Wallace Wallace who was suspended after writing a book report of Old Shep, My Pal. 


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    Keith Peterson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I remember the time when I read the book No more Dead Dogs and I like it. But it was just a regular book that I had read in my childhood, nothing special about it. There are many other must read books for middle school students. "
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    #20World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

    World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

     World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde revolves around the loyalty of the Pandarian continent chieftain. The greatest test will be when his own faction plans top assassinate him. 


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    Jordan Elliott
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Volj'inn Shadows of the horde is a great book for middle school students even if they are not already fans of world of warcraft. It is full with twists and fantasy"


Best What are the best must-read books for middle school students
1Harry PotterBooks 23 Paid
2The GiverBooks 18 Paid
3The Hunger GamesBooks 16 Paid
4HolesBooks 16 Paid
5The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 15 Paid
6The OutsidersBooks 11 Paid
7Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 8 Paid
8Number the StarsBooks 8 Paid
9The HobbitBooks 5 Paid
10Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 4 Paid

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