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100+ Engaging Books for Middle School

100+ Engaging Books for Middle School

It can be difficult to find books that are engaging enough for middle schoolers, with difficult enough wording, but content that isn’t too mature for our tween readers. This list of 100+ Engaging Books for Middle School can help you narrow your search!

100+ Engaging Books for Middle School from Starts At Eight. 100+ Engaging Books for Middle School is a list of single books as well as series that are reading level and age appropriate for middle school readers.

While I have not read every one of these books, I have read a good number of them. I picked each of these based on their approximate reading level, as well as their appropriateness for the middle grades. This of course does not supersede a parent’s judgement in having your children read these. If I have not read these, I have read reviews and felt these books fit the bill of being exciting enough to engage our middle readers!

100+ Engaging Books for Middle School

Ok, I admit, this list may not look like 100 books for middle school, but it is actually MORE THAN 100 BOOKS! Between the single books I listed that actually have sequels and spin-offs to the large list of books series, the total is closer to 200 books!

Single Books for Middle School

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland┬áby Lewis Carroll
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (while this is a series of 8 books, many just read this titled one)
  3. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  5. Eleven by Tom Rogers (A couple of other 9/11 books of note: Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story and Towers Falling)
  6. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (The sequel is The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.)
  7. Frindle by Andrew Clements (Andrew Clements has a host of great books for middle school – such as The Report Card – ┬áso be sure to check out some of his others!)
  8. Hatchett by Gary Paulsen (there are 4 spin off adventures from this book)
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. Holes by Louis Sachar
  11. Hoot by Carl Haissen
  12. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  13. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  14. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  15. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  16. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  17. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Little House on the Prairie  by Laura Ingalls Wilder (another book that is technically a series of 9 books, but the this one stands alone as well)
  20. Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm (The sequel is Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick)
  21. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C O’Brien
  22. My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier
  23. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  24. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (author of Moon Over Manifest)
  25. Number the Stars by Lois Lowery
  26. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (There are actually 4 Penderwick books)
  27. Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswan
  28. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds (there are 3 other Shiloh books)
  29. Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli (the sequel is Love, Stargirl)
  30. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  31. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christoper Paul Curtis
  32. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  33. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Corresponding Activities)
  34. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  35. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  36. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry (and it’s sequel The Worst Night Ever)
  37. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (and the whole 5 book set)

Series Books for Middle School

The thing I love about book series is that if you fall in love a book, an author, a story, a style of writing, it is easy to find another one to pick up!

  1. Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer (7 books)
  2. Book of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau (4 books)
  3. Canterwood Crest series by Jessica Burkhart (19 at my best count)
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (7 books)
  5. The Giver by Lois Lowery (4 books) (Check out my Giver Activities)
  6. Harry Potter by (7 books plus The Cursed Child)
  7. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (5 books)
  8. The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (5 books)
  9. Middle School by James Patterson (number 9 comes out in 2017)
  10. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Tenton Lee Stewart (4 books)
  11. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (5 books)
  12. Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (5 books)
  13. Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan (12 books)
  14. Willow Falls by Wendy Mass (4 books)

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  1. Tammy
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 13:14:17

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. susanhomeschooling
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 13:23:02

    It’s hard to find posts about middle school. This list is great!

  3. Michelle Caskey
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 14:10:40

    What a great list! Even though my boys are in high school, there are still some titles on here that I think they will enjoy. Thanks so much. ­čÖé

  4. Kathleen P.
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 15:32:59

    This is a very handy list. Thanks!

  5. Theresa
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 15:50:51

    This will help my middle-schooler choose books–thanks!

  6. becky fisher
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 16:07:38

    this would be great!

  7. Shelly Sangrey
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 21:53:43

    This is wonderful. Thank you! Pinning!

  8. Deborah
    Nov 22, 2016 @ 11:29:07

    This is an amazing resource, thank you for your effort!!

  9. hifalutinhomeschooler
    Nov 22, 2016 @ 17:28:52

    Loads of good Lit! If nothing else gets done, at least we read around here.

  10. Jamie
    Nov 22, 2016 @ 21:57:35

    Thanks for the book list and the giveaway!

  11. Jessica Medina
    Nov 23, 2016 @ 09:00:27

    I would love this for my child. Thanks for hosting!

  12. Deanne McClain
    Nov 23, 2016 @ 21:15:00

    Great giveaway!

  13. Laura
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 22:45:29

    Excellent list – I like the inclusion of some classics from my youth. Thank you!

  14. Will
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 14:10:42

    Some of these books seem violent. Like my brother is dead, and it doesn’t seem these books are “kid friendly”

  15. Sharon Gaston
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 14:55:38

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Tanya
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 23:32:07

    Great list! Thanks for the giveaway!

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