What are the best must-read middle school books?

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    #1The 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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    Christine Hansen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "In "The Giver" you learn about the importance of what one individual can do. Jonas, a boy brought up in a shut-in community is determined to break free. We follow the struggle and what he overcomes in his great escape."
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    #2The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.

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    #3Anne 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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    Nicole Johnson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "good"
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    #4Are 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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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "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. this is a very inspiring book."
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    #5Holes

    Holes

    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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    Henry Roberts
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "tons of great reviews and looks good for a middle school kid "
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    #6Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The story revolves around Harry Potter's sixth year in Hogwarts. Their class learned to apparate and Harry found a book that helped him in his potions class. More adventures and mysteries await him.
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    Raymond Willis
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book is a must read at any age. The Harry Potter series is a series that will open people's minds and stay with them forever. It takes you on a magical journey that you'll never forget. Easily the or one of the best book series ever."
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    #7Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

    Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

    Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Auxier. It's the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery.

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    Eugene Reid
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "one of the best books you can read as a child to an adult, it's a very well put together book."
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    #8The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Sofía Trujillo
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book was very easy to read. I'm sure even a pre teen could read and understand it. I really enjoyed that the world this book is set in is very different from ours but there were familiar elements to it. Great story that I can relate to. "
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    #9Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Justin Dean
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great book! My daughter read it and loved it so much that she find the movie and made the whole family watch it. Truly a must read for middle schoolers!"
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    #10Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry potter series. The story revolves around how Harry get past through Lord Voldemort once again. The quidditch cup is also happening and Harry will make sure he will see it. 
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    Rebecca Xu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I'm not sure witchcraft is appropriate for middle schoolers. Perhaps they could read it at home with parent approval, but not in school. "
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    #11To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Ann Johnson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "My sister loves classic literature and I was looking for a good title for a middle schooler. I came across this book and instantly thought it would be a good choice. I ordered it and we recieved it yesterday. My sister loves it! She couldn't put the book down. She says it's one of her favorite books to date. I highly recommend this book!"
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    #12Number 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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    Philip Stephens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Wow this book is extremely powerful. Definitely a must read for middle school-ers. Great solution!"
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    #13Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.

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    Diana Walker
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Ella Enchanted is still to this day one of my all time favorite young adult books. It's a delightful spin off of a more modern day Cinderella. I read a lot of more serious books now but somehow this book always makes its way on my reading pile every so often."
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    #14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry and his friends is already on their last year at Hogwarts but the adventure still continues. The battle will begin and many lives will be lost. 
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    Victoria Quintana
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is one of the best must read books for kids in middle school. It is part of the Harry Potter series and is a fantastic read with good characters to root for. I loved this book and so did my kids its an instant classic that will stand the test of time."
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    #15The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton is a book by K.C Hilton that tells the story of  Jack, Lizzy, and Robert. When their Uncle Harry died Finkleton became different and the kids are going to find out how to make things back to normal again.

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    Terry Brewer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "K.C. Hilton puts together a great feel good story in this one. For all kids in the middle school age range, this book is excellent!"
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    #16Mickey & 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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    Israel Suárez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This book and its corresponding series are pretty interesting, but I believe they aren't a good fit for all middle schoolers. They'd likely hold the attention of a 6th grader but not an 8th grader that has higher reading capabilities."
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    #17The Lions of Little Rock

    The Lions of Little Rock
    The Lions of Little Rock is a historical fiction novel for children by Kristine Levine. Set in the United States during the height of school integration in the 50s, it tells the story of two girls who didn't let race come between them.
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    Crystal Lewis
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The message in this book is good but the writing is not. No matter how I tried I could not really care about the characters. Some kids might like it, but I wouldn't recommend it. "
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    #18Change-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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    Frank Schmidt
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series is a fairly good book but I was looking for a book that is a must-read for middle-schoolers. This book contained some good life lessons about the importance of sports but is more for entertainment than it is life enriching for a young person."
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    #19Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the first book in the young adult series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney which centers on Greg Heffley starting his new school year at a middle school. 
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    Bryan Nelson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "My son began reading the wimpy kid series when he began to learn how to read. How I know they are good books is because he has read all of the series. He even goes back and reads them again once in a while. If you have a kid under 10, I would make sure you start picking the series as soon as possible. Don't miss out on this series and give your child a great set of books starting with Diary of a Wimpy Kid."
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    #20Undergrounders

    Undergrounders

    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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    Terry Brooks
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Hockey is simply the best sport in the world. It is great for street kids to occupy their time and channel their energy. The sport teaches kids about team and individual effort almost simultaneously. This book covers all the best parts of how hockey can help kids wrapped in a great story."
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    #21Gender 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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    Jesse Perkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "While this concept is overplayed as of late, and has dramatically different connotations in today's more gender fluid society, it's still a great book for middle schoolers. It gives a better look at what it's like to live on the other side of the gender line in a point in time where gender really starts to matter a lot more."
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    #22No 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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    Martha Stevens
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Fiction novels are a very good escape from the moment kind of stories. This one is such a cute fiction."

Summary

Best What are the best must-read middle school books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The GiverBooks 45 Paid
2The Adventures of Tom SawyerBooks 41 Paid
3Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 38 Paid
4Are You There God? It's Me MargaretBooks 35 Paid
5HolesBooks 35 Paid
6Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBooks 33 Paid
7Peter Nimble and His Fantastic EyesBooks 30 Paid
8The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)Books 25 Paid
9Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 20 Paid
10Harry Potter And The Goblet Of FireBooks 14 Paid
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