Books for Middle Readers & Young Adults
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
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 Trilogy is impossible to put down. Catching Fire and Mockingjay are also available.
A suspenseful, can't put it down dystopian thriller. The main character confronts large moral questions while trying to stay alive.
Excellent historical fiction and a mystery.
Great chapter books for new readers. (middle)
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.
In the Beaumont family, each member learns what their supernatural power, or savvy, is when they turn 13. Scumble is the follow-up book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Hazel has cancer, but as she would say—“it’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck”. An excellent read.