Alpha by author; most are in juvenile fiction section of local library. Literaritea reviewed titles are linked.
QUITE similar to Middle Grades list; this list includes some titles that more mature middle schoolers might find too juvenile; similarly, the Middle Grades list includes some titles that are on the more mature end of “middle school.” List is broken down into genres because many kids by this point have particular genre interests and/or you may need a particular category to round out your school list!
Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three (series). High Fantasy
Auxier, Jonathan. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. 2011. FantasyBillingsley, Franny. The Folk Keeper 2000. Fantasy.
Boston, L.M. The Children of Green Knowe. 1955. Fantasy.
Brooks, Walter. Freddy the Pig (series) Talking animal fantasy
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Nonsense/Fantasy.
Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass. Nonsense/Fantasy.
Coombs, Kate. The Runaway Princess. 2006. Princess/Dragon Fantasy
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Talking animal fantasy.
Jacques, Brian. Redwall (series) Talking animals/fantasy.
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. Fantasy
Kendall, Carol. The Gammage Cup. 1959. High Fantasy
L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Science Fiction
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Fantasy (distopian)
MacDonald, George. At the Back of the North Wind. Fantasy.
MacDonald, George. The Princess and the Goblin. High Fantasy.
Morpurgo, Michael. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. 2004. Arthurian Legend.
Morris, Gerald. The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great. 2008. Arthurian Legend.
Morris, Gerald. Sir Gawain the True. 2011. Arthurian Legend.
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. Fantasy.
Sharp, Margery. The Rescuers. 1959. Talking animal fantasy.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit. High Fantasy.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. High Fantasy.
White, John. Archives of Anthropos
Wilson, N. D. 100 Cupboards. (series) High Fantasy
Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting
Dahl, Roald. Danny, Champion of the World
Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord. 2002.
Sachar, Louis. Holes
Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Historical Fiction (really, anything 1980s or earlier!)
Arrington, Frances. Prairie Whispers
Cheaney, J. B. My Friend, the Enemy. (WWII/Japanese-American)
Cheaney, J. B. The Playmaker and The True Prince (Shakespearean England)
Collier, James Lincoln and Christopher. My Brother Sam Is Dead
Cushman, Karen. Rodzina
Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. 2011. (1960’s setting. )Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the River Sea
Karr, Kathleen. The Great Turkey Walk. 1998. (1860 setting)
Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 1967. (1960’s setting.)
Konigsburg, E. L. The View From Saturday. 1997. (1990’s setting.)
Lai, Thanha. Inside Out and Back Again. 2011. (Vietnam War setting)
Lenski, Lois. Indian Captive. 2011 (1750s. )
Little, Jean. From Anna
McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure (Nazi era)
Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved
Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago
Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder
Peck, Richard. Here Lies the Librarian. (early 20th c/automobiles)
Peck, Richard. The Teacher’s Funeral.
Porter, Eleanor. Polyanna. 1913. (Early 20th century (or maybe late 19th?) )
Reiss, Johanna. The Upstairs Room historical fiction
Selznik, Brian. Hugo Cabret. 2007. (Early 20th century. )
Selznik, Brian. Wonderstruck. 2011. (Early-mid 20th century.)
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
Streatfield, Noel. The Magic Summer. 1966. Old-fashioned realistic fiction.
Taylor, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. 1976. (Early 20th century. )
Taylor, Sidney. All-of-a-Kind Family. 1951. (Early 20th century setting.)
Vanderpool, Clare. Moon Over Manifest. 2010. (WWI/Depression jointly.)
Wood, Maryrose. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1: The Mysterious Howling. 2010. Historical fiction? (not sure how to classify this one)
Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Cosmic. 2010. Adventure (with a hint of sci-fi).
Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery. 2007. Mystery.
Holl, Kristi. Fading Tracks (a FaithGirlz boarding school mystery). 2008.
Montgomery, Hugh. Voyage of the Arctic Tern Adventure Ballad
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins Survival
Wilson, N.D. Leepike Ridge. 2007. Adventure novel.
Dash, Joan. The Longitude Prize
Eamer, Claire. The World in Your Lunchbox. 2012.
Fleming, Candace. Amelia Lost. 2011.
Menzel, Peter. What the World Eats.
Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. 2011. (told from a fictional character’s perspective, but a history lesson, nonetheless).
Wilson, Douglas. Beyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (and others)
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Orwell, George. Animal Farm
Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Henry, O. Collected Stories