Read Proud: Middle Grade Fiction for Children and Teens

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and learning. Check out the titles in this list and ask your local librarian for more.

Ashes to Asheville

Twelve-year-old Fella is swept away on a wild road trip by her older sister Zany to fulfill their late mother’s dying wish. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Drum Roll, Please

This summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart? You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Hurricane Child

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.

Lily and Dunkin

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl–but being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Nate Expectations

When E.T.: The Musical closes, Nate reluctantly returns home to begin high school and, with his best friend, Libby, makes a project of turning Dickens’ Great Expectations into a musical. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

One True Way

From the moment Allie meets Sam, she feels like she has found a friend. But as their friendship grows, it begins to evolve into a deeper emotion and they must navigate their feelings for one another in 1977 North Carolina. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, two girls, age twelve, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through letters, emails, and text messages. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.