Books for Middle School Readers
TEEN FICTION BAC
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Also available as a downloadable audio title.
TEEN FICTION BLA
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
"Normal. It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp. Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she's had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect.
TEEN FICTION MCM
Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber
Eight-year-old Ruby Jean Sharp, born with Down syndrome, is placed in Woodlands School in New Westminster, British Columbia, after the death of her grandmother who took care of her, and she learns to survive every kind of abuse before she is placed in a program designed to help her live outside the institution.
TEEN FICTION EMO
Y FICTION EMO
Happyface by Stephen Emond
After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.
Y FICTION FLO
Warriors in the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood
Twelve-year-old Joseph helps his family to survive when the natives of Saipan are caught in the crossfire between the Japanese soldiers and the American troops at the end of World War II.
Y FICTION PIN
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater
Big Audrey, who has cat-like whiskers, and her telephathic friend Molly set out on a journey to find out why flying saucers are landing behind the old stone barn in Poughkeepsie, New York, and, more importantly, to determine whether another cat-whiskered girl really exists.
Y FICTION RHO
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.
Y FICTION MCM
Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan
Fourteen-year-old Samantha and her mother move to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 after her father is killed in Vietnam, and during the year they spend their Sam encounters both love and hate as she learns about photography from a new friend of her mother's and witnesses the prejudice and violence of the segregationists of the South.
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, thirteen-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and, after investigating, learns that her love of automata and other machines make her the only one who can set things right.
No Moon by Irene N. Watts
Nursemaid Louisa Gardener still blames herself for the drowning of her two-year-old brother almost ten years earlier, and so she dreads having to accompany the family she works for as they travel to New York on the Titanic.
TEEN FICTION NIE
Y FICTION NIE
Dear George Clooney, Please Marry my Mom by Susin Nielsen
When Violet's television-director father leaves Vancouver to live in L.A. with his new wife, and her mother's relationships seem to be going from bad to worse, Violet decides to help her mother get the perfect man--George Clooney.