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17 Book Recommendations for Middle School Children

17 Book Recommendations for Middle School Children“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

~Groucho Marx 

As you roam the stores searching for gifts for the "tweens" and teens in your life, this list of book recommendations (compiled by Sewickley Academy middle school teachers) may be helpful!

  1. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Michael Cesario - Grade 8 History)

  2. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Wendy Berns - Admission Associate)

  3. Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume (Anna Brock - Grade 6 English)

  4. Comeback by Dave Dravecky (Alan Bauman - MS PE Teacher)

  5. Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel by John Neufield (Jennifer Brown - MS Spanish Teacher)

  6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (Shan Callaghan - MS Mandarin Teacher)

  7. I Am Regina by Sally M. Keehn (Carla Garfield - Grade 7 History)

  8. The Beginning Place by Ursula K. Le Guin (Deborah Golden - Grade 8 English)

  9. Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition by Gary Paulson (Lisa Heberling - Grade 7 Science)

  10. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Jessica Hecht - Grade 7 English)

  11. Go Up For Glory by Bill Russell (Evan Kurtz - MS Dean of Students)

  12. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende (Monica Lynn - MS French and Spanish Teacher)

  13. They All Laughed...From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives by Ira Flatow (Jon Riddle - Grade 6 Science)

  14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie (Pascale Spinelli - MS Spanish and French Teacher)

  15. Summerland by Michael Chabon (Jeff Zemsky - Head of Middle School)

  16. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (Leslie Levine James - Learning Skills Specialist)

  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Christy Knable - Grade 6 History)


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Topics: Book Review, Parenting