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The Perfect Summer Reading List for Middle Schoolers

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We didn’t forget about the middle school readers! After giving you the best summer reading list for lower school and elementary school readers, we’re finishing the trilogy this month. This list consists of beloved classics and award-winning novels and every book features a child who is perhaps just a bit older, or younger, than your reader. Take that, summer slump!

  • Holes by Louis Sachar
    Who knew a book about digging could be so exciting? Sachar successfully juggles multiple storylines spanning generations and countries, and was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1999.
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    You know a book is worth reading when you’re rooting for the spider. White’s most beloved novel has endured over half a century because it highlights compassion for everyone, big and small.
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Chances are your middle schooler is already of a fan of Dahl’s books, or at least the movies based off them. The BFG is as whimsical as his more well-known novels and filled with enough heart to fit a giant.
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    The winner of the Newbery Medal in 1990, this historical fiction is set in Denmark during World War II. It’s beautifully written and can open up a conversation with your middle schooler about the tragedies that occurred at that time.
  • Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Another Newbery Medal winning book, another historical fiction. Bud Not Buddy is set during the Great Depression and is a wonderful look at American culture and jazz.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    Hinton was just 18 when The Outsiders was published in 1967. This time-honored classic focuses on class and the importance of community.
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    It’s surprising that The Secret Life of Bees was published as recently as 2002 because the book feels timeless. Lily is a protagonist your middle school reader will be excited to root for as she finds her sense of belonging.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Is there a more striking literary character than Atticus Finch? Until this year, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel was Lee’s only published work. As soon as your child puts down this book they’ll be reaching for the sequel!
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon for a reason, but behind the movies and theme parks is a story of love, loyalty and the triumph of good over evil. The fact that every kid will wish they went to Hogwarts is an added bonus.

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