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Overlooked Middle School Books

You need a good book to read, and these books need some attention!  Besides, don’t you want to veg on the couch until the croci come up?  It’s a match made in literary heaven.  I’ve gathered together some amazing titles that middle schoolers would love, but might have missed.  Happy reading  (and croci dreaming)!

Note: croci is the plural form of crocus.  I learned this from Connie.

  Sky Village by Ashland, Monk & Nigel

In a future where wild beasts, humans, and mechanical beings battle for control, two children, on opposite sides of the earth, connect through a  journal that comes alive to reveal a powerful primal force and a frightening destiny.

book jacket King of the Screwups by Going, K.L.

After getting in trouble again, popular senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his father’s expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his  glam-rock uncle.

book jacket My Life in Pink and Green by Greenwald, Lisa

When the family’s drugstore is failing, 7th grader Lucy uses her problem-solving talents to come up with a solution that might resuscitate the business, and help the environment.

book jacket Biology: Life as We Know It by Green, Dan. (QH309.2.G74 2008)

This is a fun science book with lots of little factoids to amaze your friends and family.  For example: did you know that your kidney processes 462 gallons of blood per day?

book jacket No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom, and Adventure by Hughes, Susan

Based on legends, poems, letters, and first-hand accounts, the biographical tales tell of women disguising themselves as men, from ancient Egypt to the 19th century.   Find this book in our graphic non-fiction collection.

 Messed Up by Lynch, Janet Nichols

15 year old R.D. is repeating the eighth grade, planning to have an easy year, but after his grandmother walks out her boyfriend is no longer able to care for him, R.D. is left to fend for himself.

book jacket Hannah’s Winter by Meehan, Kierin

Hannah would much rather be back in Australia, starting High School with her friends. But Japan turns out to be nothing like she expected. When Hannah and her new friend Miki find an ancient message, they are drawn into solving a mysterious riddle.

book jacket Oceans by Rose, Paul and Laking, Ann (GC21.R59 2008)

Get a closer look at what takes up the majority of our planet.  Brilliant photos show scientific explorations and amazing life: from the Arctic Sea to the Red Sea.

book jacket Stolen by Vande Velde, Vivian

A girl with no memory of anything, not even her name, is found running through the forest at the edge of a village.  She soon discovers that she might be 12 year old Isabelle, believed to have been stolen by a witch 6 years before.

  Jumped by Williams-Garcia, Rita

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina get really mixed up through the course of one high school day, where Leticia overhears Dominique’s plan to jump Trina after school.



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