Awesome Books for Middle Schoolers 2016

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Each year, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) celebrates Teen Read Week. This popular, annual initiative, established by the Young Adult Library Services Association and the American Library Association, encourages middle school students to read for the fun of it!

The 2016 Teen Read Week booklist includes diverse books in a variety of formats and genres selected by CLP Teen Specialists. These books are great for middle schoolers.

Sasquatch in the Paint

Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game.

Fantasy Sports No. 1

In Sam Bosma’s debut graphic novel, a young explorer and her musclebound friend go treasure hunting in a mummy’s tomb — but if they want to get rich, they’re going to have to best the mummy in a game of hoops! Can they trust their bandaged adversary to play by the rules? Or will they be stuck in the tomb . . . forever?

Serafina's Promise

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader

One of the greatest antagonists in all of fiction stars in his first volume of villainy! Fresh from a stinging defeat at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader must rise again to reassert the Empire’s iron grip on the galaxy. But will his personal desire for vengeance against the young Jedi who destroyed the Death Star distract from Vader’s duty to the Emperor? As a fateful quest begins, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face a fresh threat to his power.

Simpsons Comics: Chaos

Pandemonium breaks loose in Springfield when one cellphone call causes a commotion of cosmic proportions. Then, it’s a hard knock life for Bart when a prank lands him in the Springfield Orphanage, where he is subjected to gruel and unusual punishment by Mr. Burns. Adding to the confusion, Homer decides to get a tattoo to prove his love to Marge and Krusty quits show biz to work at of all places . . . the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!

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.

Name of the Star

Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Ungifted

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

The Young Elites

Adelina survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

The Survival Guide to Bullying

Covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring ‘roems’ (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.

The Apothecary

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.

American Ace

When Connor’s grandmother dies, she leaves his ill father a letter confessing that the man who raised him was not his biological father. Connor then takes it upon himself to dig into their ancestry and makes a fascinating discovery.

Icebreaker

Petrel is an outcast on the ancient ship, an icebreaker, that has been following the same course for 300 years. In that time, the ship’s crew has broken into three warring tribes. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, who lives in the ship’s darkest corners, and trusts no one except two large gray rats – that is, until a mysterious boy is discovered on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship.

Human Body Theater

Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each “act.”