What are the best traditional books for middle school readers?

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    #1The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Raymond Hunt
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was required reading when I was attending junior high school. Mark Twain is one of America's greatest authors and this is one of his most celebrated books. It's a great story about youth and coming of age on the Mississippi river in the mid 1800's. Though it is considered a classic American novel it is considered by some to be harsh for it's frank language regarding race so it's not for everyone but if you can put it in the context of the time in which it was written there is a great story to be read. Classic American literature that students from middle school through high school should be reading."
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    #2Treasure 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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    Andrea Dunn
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is a classic. Personally, I think the language is part of what has given this tale it's lasting appeal. "
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    #3A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.

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    Angélica Castillo
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a classic. If your middle school children is looking for a book report material, pick this one for the winter break. I think it's easy to read, and well written. Everyone should read this growing up."
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    #4The 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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    Pamela Alexander
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is by far my favorite traditional book. It captures a mood and time in both life and America. It is the perfect mix of childhood adventure and real life consequences. "
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    #5Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.

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    Edward Weber
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is definitely one of traditional books for middle school readers. It is a long book and it worth the time reading."
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    #6The 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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    Helen Lynch
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " The Hobbit is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life."
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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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    Joe Burns
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "My son did not enjoy this book and he fell asleep multiple times trying to finish it. I was curious so I started to read it and I instantly understood why he hated it. Every time I started to read it I sighed because of the cliche plot points and generic characters; even the mystery reveal was bad and lacked logic. I will never by a book by this author again!"
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    #8A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    William Pierce
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great book series for young readers who are just starting off in the fantasy genre. Madeleine L'Engle does a great job of describing the world that the main characters inhabit. It easy to pick this book up and be lost in what your imagination creates. This is a series of books that won't take long for a young child to finish because they will be so enthralled. "
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    #9A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)

    A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
    A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle series, written by Ursula K. Le Guin.  The story is about Ged, he was the greatest sorcerer of Earthsea but he was once a reckless child.
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    Juan Gonzales
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I probably wouldn't call this a traditional book, but it certainly captured the attention of my 8th graders and I got some good feedback from them. I hesitated a bit before assigning it to them because the curriculum I teach doesn't have much place for fantasy literature (I'm in a very conservative school district), but overall I have no regrets."
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    #10Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Susana Soriano
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I think this is a great book at the ideal skill level for middle schoolers. It's interesting, has a great setting, and the fantasy aspects are sure to intrigue anyone who picks this book up."
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    #11The 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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    Madison Williamson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Outsiders is one of the most traditional books that should be read by every middle school student. The book is about true friendship and how friends stick together when times are rough. There's a lot of great lessons for impressionable youth to learn from the story."
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    #12The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 

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    Joshua Hoffman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This story has a lot of interesting plots going on. I think it's hard to put down for anyone."
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    #13The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 
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    Jordan Elliott
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I am attempting to think of a better "classic" for middle school, but I am struggling to recall anything that would be more engaging. It beats Island of the Blue Dolphin, which I believe I read three times between 4th and 8th grade for English class. I think most students would appreciate something with a little swashbuckling action and revenge."
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    #14Amos Fortune, Free Man

    Amos Fortune, Free Man
    Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newberry Medal Winner written by Elizabeth Yates and illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. This historical fiction novel was originally published in 1950. It tells the story of a 15-year old boy after being captured.
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    Eric Cook
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I read this when I was in grade school, and I was surprised to find my oldest son assigned this as well. Of course, my kids know all about slavery. It's hard to have a confederate flag out front without being forced to have that conversation with the young ones a bit early. While distasteful to being forced to engage maybe a little earlier than I wanted, Amos Fortune really is great for a middle school book, as it makes it easier to explain the fiction inside and the reality out."

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Best What are the best traditional books for middle school readers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 40 Free
2Treasure IslandBooks 37 Paid
3A Christmas CarolBooks 34 Paid
4The Adventures of Tom SawyerBooks 33 Paid
5Little WomenBooks 29 Paid
6The HobbitBooks 28 Paid
7The Secret GardenBooks 25 Paid
8A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 24 Paid
9A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)Books 21 Paid
10Anne of Green GablesBooks 21 Paid
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