Welcome to the Swatara Middle School Reading List


BOOKS TO READ WHEN YOU HATE TO READ
Title, Author


Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl, Frank
The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
A Day No Pigs Would Die, Peck
Farewell to Manzanar, Houston
Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
The Hobbit, Tolkien
Homecoming, Voigt
I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Craven
I Know What You Did Last Summer, Duncan
The Incredible Journey, Burnford
Island of the Blue Dolphins, O’Dell
The Last Mission, Mazer
Lord of the Flies, Golding
My Side of the Mountain, George
Old Yeller, Gipson
The Outsiders, Hinton

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT’S FAVORITE BOOKS

After the Dancing Days, Rostkowski
Anastasia Krupnik, Lowry
The Barn, Avi
Canyons, Paulsen
A Family Apart, Nixon
Freak the Mighty, Philbrick
Ghost Canoe, Hobbs
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rowling
Holes, Sachar
The Music of Dolphins, Hesse
On the Far Side of the Mountain, George
Scorpions, Myers
Shabanu:Daughter of the Wind, Staples
Shades of Gray, Reeder
The Shakespeare Stealer, Blackwood
Walk Two Moons, Creech
The Wanderer, Creech

NEWBERY TITLES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

Because of Winn-Dixie, DiCamillo
Bridge to Terabithia, Paterson
Bud, Not Buddy, Curtis
Catherine, Called Birdy, Cushman
Dicey’s Song, Voigt
Ella Enchanted, Levine
Getting Near to Baby, Couloumbis
The Giver, Lowry
Hatchet, Paulsen
Holes, Sachar
Island of the Blue Dolphins, O’Dell
Julie of the Wolves, George
My Brother Sam is Dead, Collier & Collier
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Taylor
Shiloh, Naylor
A Single Shard, Park
The Westing Game, Raskin
Wringer, Spinelli

STUDENT CHOICES

Crash, Spinelli
Dangerous Skies, Staples
Dovey Coe, Dowell
Drive-By, Ewing
Freak the Mighty, Philbrick
Frenchtown Summer, Cormier
Hidden Talents, Lubar
Hoops, Myers
Letters From a Slave Girl, Lyons
Loch, Zindel
Matilda Bone, Cushman
Mick Harte Was Here, Park
Mr. Was, Hautman
Phoenix Rising, Hesse
Popcorn Days and Buttermilk Nights, Paulsen
Red Cap, Wisler
Running Out of Time, Haddix
Weasel, DeFelice

TOP CHOICES

Artemis Fowl, Colfer
The Barn, Avi
Finding My Voice, Lee
Freak the Mighty, Philbrick
Holes, Sachar
Mr. Was, Hautman
The Music of Dolphins, Hesse
Nothing But the Truth, Avi
Tangerine, Bloor
Walk Two Moons, Creech
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, Holt
Whirligig, Fleischman
Witness, Hesse

THE BEST OF THE BEST FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Baboon King, Quintana
Belle Prater’s Boy, White
Bless the Beasts and Children, Swarthout
Children of the River, Crew
The Contender, Lipsyte
Deathwatch, White
Downriver, Hobbs
Freak the Mighty, Philbrick
The Goats, Cole
Hatchet, Paulsen
Hate You, McNamee
If You Come Softly, Woodson
Jacob Have I Loved, Paterson
Killing Mr. Griffin, Duncan
The Moves Make the Man, Brooks
Nothing But the Truth, Avi
Out of the Dust, Hesse
The Outsiders, Hinton
The Pigman, Zindel
Scorpions, Myers
The Shakespeare Stealer, Blackwood
Slake’s Limbo, Holman
Tangerine, Bloor
Z for Zachariah, O’Brien

ADVENTURE STORIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Black Pearl, O’Dell
Boston Jane, An Adventure, Holm
Call It Courage, Sperry
Climb or Die, Myers
Cold River, Judson
The Gadget, Zindel
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, Wilson
Incident at Hawk’s Hill, Eckert
Loch, Zindel
Lord of the Deep, Salisbury
Memory Boy, Weaver
The Wanderer, Creech
Williwaw, Bodett
Woodsong, Paulsen

CLASSIC ADVENTURE STORIES

Call of the Wild, London
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Twain
Dracula, Stoker
The Hound of Baskervilles, Doyle
Shane, Schaeffer
Treasure Island, Stevenson
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Verne
War of the Worlds, Wells

ADVENTURE STORIES BY GARY PAULSEN

Brian’s Return
Brian’s Winter
The Crossing
Dogsong
Guts
Hatchet
The River
Woodsong

ADVENTURE STORIES BY WILL HOBBS

Bearstone
Down the Yukon
Downriver
Ghost Canoe
Jason’s Gold
River Thunder

MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE
Joan Lowery Nixon

A Dark and Deadly Pool
A Deadly Game of Magic
Don’t Scream
The Haunting
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore
Murdered, My Sweet
The Name of the Game Was Murder
Séance
Shadowmaker
The Stalker

Lois Duncan

Down a Dark Hall
Locked in Time
Stranger with My Face
Summer of Fear
They Never Came Home
The Twisted Window

Caroline Cooney

The Face on the Milk Carton
The Voice on the Radio
What Janie Found
Whatever Happened to Janie?

EXPLORING VALUES

All of these books offer opportunities for discussion about values and their importance at
home and in the world.
The Friendship, Taylor about standing up for what’s right
The Goats, Cole about friendship, facing fears, trust
Maniac Magee, Spinelli about fighting prejudices, discovering oneself
On My Honor, Bauer about trust, honesty
The Pinballs, Byars about making choices
The Rifle, Paulsen about gun issues
Sees Behind Trees, Dorris about respecting individual differences
Shiloh, Naylor about risking everything to help someone
Stepping on the Cracks, Hahn about accepting responsibility
Sweet Victory, Lance Armstrong’s Incredible Journey, Stewart about courage
The Wanderer, Creech about self-discovery
Weasel, DeFelice about moral choices
Wringer, Spinelli about standing up for beliefs

THE RIGHT STUFF

Books that help students develop a moral code by which to live.
Freak the Mighty, Philbrick about loyalty, friendship
Hero, Rottman about courage, self-esteem
Jacob Have I Loved, Paterson about self-respect, family relationships
The Midwife’s Apprentice, Cushman about self-reliance, responsibility
Nothing But the Truth, Avi about truthfulness
The Summer of My German Soldier, Greene about loyalty, tolerance, faithfulness
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi about courage, loyalty, justice
The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Curtis about family, interracial relationships
Where the Lilies Bloom, Cleaver about responsibility, self-reliance, love
Whirligig, Fleischman about responsibility, forgiveness

WHEN DANGER THREATENS

Survival literature for Middle School Reders
The Cay, Taylor
The Devil’s Arithmetic, Yolen
Farewell to Manzanar, Houston
The Girl Who Owned a City, Nelson
Hatchet, Paulsen
Island of the Blue Dolphins, O’Dell
Jason’s Gold, Hobbs
Monkey Island, Fox
My Side of the Mountain, George
Number the Stars, Lowry
The Other Side of the Truth, Naidoo
Phoenix Rising, Hesse
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Taylor
The Sign of the Beaver, Speare
Slake’s Limbo, Holman
Snowbound, Mazer
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
The Upstairs Room, Reiss
Walkabout, Marshall

COPING WITH VIOLENCE

Dreamland, Dessen
Ellen Foster, Gibbons
Give a Boy a Gun, Strasser
Ironman, Crutcher
Out of control, Mazer
The Outsiders, Hinton
The Rifle, Paulsen
Rumble Fish, Hinton
Scorpions, Myers
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Crutcher
Swallowing Stones, McDonald
What Jamie Saw, Coman
When She Was Good, Mazer
Wringer, Spinelli