Good Books for Middle Schoolers

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Explore these good books for middle schoolers. For more great reading, check out other books by these authors or ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.


Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Full Cicada Moon

A mixed-race girl with an interest in astronomy feels like an outsider when she moves to an all-white town in Vermont in 1969.


When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.


Hoodoo Hatcher, knows someone is looking for him.  The Stranger has come to town full of black magic.  With the help of his friend Bunny and the all knowing Mrs. Snuff, Hoodoo must destroy the demon who is after him.

House of the Scorpion

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. She is determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name–Cindy. It is the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces cannot distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep too close to home.

The Luck Uglies

Rye O’Chanter has seen a lot of strange things happen in Village Drowning. She and her friends have grown up on Drowning’s treacherous streets — its twisted rooftops and forgotten cemeteries are their playground. Now a terrifying encounter on the night of the Black Moon has Rye convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned from the forest Beyond the Shale.

The Marvels

Told in two stand-alone stories, the first nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, and the second in text. Inspired by the Dennis Severs’ House in London.

Night Gardener

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.


An impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy and a supervillain with a vendetta set out to prove that the kingdom’s crime fighters aren’t the heroes that everyone thinks they are.

Roller Girl

A graphic novel adventure about a twelve-year-old girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

The Thing About Jellyfish

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

Twelve-year-old Warren’s life becomes miserable when his evil Aunt Anaconda takes over management of his family’s ancient hotel. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure is somewhere on the hotel grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it.