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Welcome to our Reading Recommendations Page!
GENERAL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
READING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
READING FOR BOYS
READING FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
READING FOR FANTASY FANS
READING FOR MYSTERY SLEUTHS
READING FOR HISTORY BUFFS
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Tamora Pierce - Song of the Lioness Quartet
These four books tell the story of Alanna of Trebond, a courageous girl who lives a life of adventure. If you like fantasy books, these stories may be for you! The first book in the quartet is called
Alanna, The First Adventure
Michael Reisman - The Gravity Keeper (Simon Bloom)
This book and its sequel tell the story of 3 friends and their efforts to save the world from the forces of physics - and evil. Read this book for a fun look at the laws of science in a whole new way.
Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games
What is there to say? It is just amazing - 8th grade students read this in English class.
Garth Nix - The Keys to the Kingdom Series
These 7 books describe the imaginative world created by the author. Arthur Penhaglion, the series' protagonist is an unlikely hero in this fight for the survival of the universe. Find out more by reading the first adventure in Arthur's story,
Scott Westerfeld - Uglies
The first book of the trilogy is an amazing opener. These books (Uglies, Pretties, and Specials) are cast in the future and are about the four stages of life: Uglies, New Pretties, Middle Pretties, and Old Pretties.
is about Tally and her decision to either go after her friend, Shay, who ran away to "The Smoke" or never become Pretty. To discover Tally's choice read Scott
Kathryn Reiss- Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge
A great book for people who like scary stories! Tells about a girl and her troubles with a creepy dollhouse causes many problems in her life.
Suzanne Collins- Gregor The Overlander (series)
This series of books follows the journeys of a boy as he falls into a mysterious "Underland", a whole civilization under New York City. Gregor simply plans to escape to the regular world, but once he finds out that he is entangled in a prophecy that could save the Underworld and solve a big mystery in his life, he chooses to stay. His presence changes the Underworld- forever! 7th grade students now have the opportunity to read the first of this series in English.
Here are links to some helpful lists of teen reads:
READING for MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
Best Young Adult Books
Ms. Given's Young Adult Book Recommendations
Summer Reading Lists for Middle School Kids
READING for BOYS
Best Fiction for Middle School Boys
- from Goodreads
Books for Middle School Boys
History and Non-Fiction for Teenage Boys
50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men
- From The Art of Manliness - Heavy on fiction with a few manuals thrown in (Boy Scouts of America), this list is a lovely mix of classic and contemporary titles. Any list that starts out with Gary Paulsen is a winner!
READING for SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
Books about sports
The Reading Level of Sports Writing
reatest Pieces of Sports Writing in 2013
Top 50 Sports Writers to Follow on Twitter
Best sports writing of the century
- A book about the 20th century sports articles and writing that make the grade - nice historical connections
Five Examples of Great Sports Writing
- some of these are from books, some of these are just poetic pieces of prose about the glory of competition against self and teams.
READING for FANTASY FANS
Popular Middle School Fantasy Books
Best Fantasy Books for Middle Schoolers
- student generated
Middle Grades Fantasy
Fantasy and Science Fiction for Middle School
- librarian generated
READING for MYSTERY SLEUTHS
9 Best Mysteries for Kids
- reading level tops out at age 12 but there are some great titles on here
Mystery Fiction for Middle and High School Students
Teen Fiction - Mysteries and Thrillers
- Barnes and Noble recommendations
Must-Have Mysteries for Middle Schoolers
- Amazon user recommendations
READING for HISTORY BUFFS
Teen Historical Fiction
- 825 titles with teens as protagonists
Best Sellers in Teen and Young Adult Historical Fiction
Best Historical Fiction for Teens
- Madison Public Library
Historical Fiction for Hipsters
- From Reading Rants - a blog of "out of the ordinary teen book reading lists".
COMING SOON: Books for realistic fiction, non-fiction, classics, movies based on books, and more!
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