My Life As A Potato

Hilarious and off-the-wall moments abound in this fun novel. It does talk about middle school “liking” and the drama that goes with that, which makes it a good fit for both boys and girls.

Reboot

The action in Reboot moves the book scene to scene. At the same time, Tintera builds her characters throughout, ensuring that the action scenes are not throw away, but instead keep the reader highly involved.

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus Published: 2017 AR level: 5.1 AR points: 14.0 Word count: 91,844 I suggest: 7th grade+ I love a good murder mystery, and Karen McManus delivers an intriguing read with One of Us Is Lying. Secrets, lies, and even a little romance all stack up to make a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down read. I…

Holes

Whether you have had the experience of reading Holes, or you’re not sure you’ve heard of it, now is the time to pick this one up. It may be 20 years old, but it not only entertains and excites, but corresponds to some of the issues of racism we are still working to overcome. Also, its a great story for boys, and sometimes those are hard to come by.

We Dream of Space

In We Dream of Space, the author takes us back to the Challenger disaster–but the book is not about that sad event, specifically. Instead, the book features a family in crisis. The three seventh graders (a set of twins and an older brother who was held back) come to terms with the hurdles in their own lives.

The Future of Us

The Future of Us is a thoughtful piece of fiction about what social media can really tell us about our lives (but also very pacey–this is a quick read because the story really moves). The story takes place in the late nineties (the ages of the characters matched my own at the time–so I found this incredibly satisfying as a blast through the past!).

Circus Mirandus

This middle grade work-of-art will spur the imagination of your young reader–but it may spur yours as well. As the novel follows a story set in both the past and present, you may be feeling like you want to go out and find a magical circus of your own!

The Downstairs Girl

Historical fiction set in the deep south can give us insight into personal difficulties that other people these days might seem happy to bury. This story focuses on Jo Kuan and the way her own pluck and talent help in the fight against racism and inequality.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

I’d never read anything by Sherman Alexie before. The book was funny, heart-wrenching, and at times, shocking. Only a Native American could write such an honest piece with any authenticity, and I am forever grateful for the recommendation.

Bob

The story proves magical, charming, and certainly amusing at points. Keep reading for the description of Bob, a monster in the closet like you’ve never imagined!

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit in Shurtliff’s charming and engaging Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin.
The traditional character of Rumpelstiltskin is that of villain. What else could he be as a greedy, impish baby-stealer? But Shurtliff imagines him as a misunderstood protagonist.

Warcross

If you are ready for stories for the next generation, then Warcross is your novel. Warcross brings readers to a near-future world where virtual reality (VR) is literally everywhere.