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Ms. Chu's Favorite Books for Middle School Students

Note: Some of the following books may need parental approval or guidance.

1. Ender’s Game (& Ender’s Shadow) by Orson Scott Card

#bestendingever (#superbabysurvivesintoilettank)

2. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

#criedmyeyesout #Deathsoundslikeaniceguy

3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

#iwaitedinlineforallsevenbooks #callmeharrypottersbff

*4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

#whokilledthedogwithapitchfork? #smileyfaces

*5. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

#isthisourworld? #nevereatnightlock

*6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

#funnypictures #bornwithwaterinthebrain

7. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

#screenplay #didhedoit?

8. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

#whatsinyourwardrobe? #iplayedthewitchinmyschoolplay

*9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

#artheals #dontruintheending

*10. Looking for Alaska by John Green

#lifechangingmomment #whatistruelove?

Ms. Chu's Students Recommend:

Top Series

Harry Potter by JK Rowling (AKA the most amazing books ever written)

Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan

Ms.Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Giver series by Lois Lowry

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Middle Grade Series

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Goblin Wars Trilogy: When The Stars Struck Down Their Spears

Dork Diaries by Rachel Reneé Russell

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Canterwood Crest Series by Jessica Burkhart

Mr. Terupt Series by Rob Buyea

The Big Nate Series by Lincoln Pierce

Spirit Animal Series by Brandon Mull

Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Popular Fiction

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.

Flipped by Wendallen Van Draanen

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Stargirl bye Jerry Spinelli

Replay by Sharon Creech

Middle School The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

PG-13 Fiction

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Paper Towns by John Green

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Fault in our Stars by John Green


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Because of Winne-Dixie by Kate DiCamillio

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Breathe Sarah Crossan

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick


I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda and Catherine Alifirenka

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb


Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Flea: The Amazing Story of Leo Messi by Michael Part

Neymar the Wizard by Micahel Part


Argos: The story of Odysseus as told by his Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy

Historical Fiction

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Old Yeller By Fred Gipson

The Adventures And The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier

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