Books for Middle Readers & Young Adults

Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385737647
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Published: Ember - July 26th, 2011

Donnelly writes page-turning historical fiction for both adults & young adults. The revolution of the title is the French Revolution, and the story of two girls, two centuries apart in Paris. The connection between the two may be more than just the diary Andi finds and the catacombs under the city.

Carol & Hannah

(older teen)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

Harry Potter was a world-wide phenomenom that led to a major increase in both the number of young adult readers and in the number and richness of the books published for them.  A treat for readers of all ages.

The first in the wonderful 5-part Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, featuring the children of Greek gods.  Rick Riordan has started a follow-up series, starting with Lost Hero.


The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 1st, 2010

The Hunger Games Trilogy is impossible to put down.  Catching Fire and Mockingjay are also available.


Ship Breaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316056199
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

A suspenseful, can't put it down dystopian thriller.  The main character confronts large moral questions while trying to stay alive.


A Northern Light Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152053109
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2004

Excellent historical fiction and a mystery.


Ivy & Bean – Book 1 (Ivy and Bean Books, Books for Elementary School) Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811849098
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2007

Great chapter books for new readers. (middle)

Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
By Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439372978
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2005

Sixth graders Petra and Calder try to solve an art scandal. Blue Balliet has written two more fun books featuring the pair from the University of Chicago Laboratory School.


Savvy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142414330
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Published: Puffin Books - March 23rd, 2010

In the Beaumont family, each member learns what their supernatural power, or savvy, is when they turn 13.  Scumble is the follow-up book.


Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother Cover Image
By Michelle Paver, Geoff Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060728274
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 21st, 2006

Wolf Brother is the first in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, set 6,000 years ago, in which Torak and his wolf pup must battle evil in their land.


Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic Gold) (The Underland Chronicles #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439678131
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 25th, 2013

In the first of the Underland Chronicles, Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the basement of their New York apartment building, only to discover another world below.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142418475
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Published: Speak - April 5th, 2011

Green and Levithan are both great authors in their own rights. In Will Grayson, they come together and create a wonderful book about teen angst in two distinct voices. The teen feel is unmistakable and the emotional roller coaster keeps us reading.


(older teen)

Bluefish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763653347
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2011

Travis enters 8th grade in a new school. Much has gone wrong in his life, but things start turning around when he meets assertive and very spunky Velveeta, the girl with the scarves. This book does not shy away from strong emotions. It is very high on my list of middle grade favorites.


(middle reader)

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765328670
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Published: Tor Teen - July 3rd, 2012

If you like a good teen ghost story, you will love this. Cas’ job is to kill the dead who are unwilling to leave the living alone. In Thunder Bay, he is challenged by the most difficult ghost so far—Anna Dressed in Blood. Eva (older teen)

There Is No Dog Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399257643
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2012

Rosoff turns everything upside down in this laugh-out-loud parody. God is a teenage boy, not at all well-equipped to handle the affairs of earth. Eva & Carol (older teen)

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Hazel has cancer, but as she would say—“it’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck”.  An excellent read.            


(older teen)