Get ready to read some great middle-grade books during the busy fall 2018 publishing season! We aren’t reading these in any particular order–just read what looks good to you, and report back to the club about it! Click the title to see if the book is available at the library, and to read a summary. This list will be updated as we add great new books to it.
The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
“This is a biography of a spy named Dietrich Bonhoeffer who is different from his family. This is a nonfictional book about how he plots to kill Hitler.” – Kaavya V.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
“This book is about a young girl who meets a green magical creature. They were trying to find where the creature came from. This book was good because of the interesting plot.” – Kaavya V., October 2018
Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
“I would give the book a ‘good’ because it was very predictable and I really like suspenseful books instead. It is about a girl named Nora and she was learning about family and friendship.” – Kaavya V., September 2018
Nightbooks by J.A. White
“Recommended. Nightbooks is an enticing horror story for any age. When Alex, who has always loved creepy things and keeps his stories in his “nightbooks” is lured into a strange apartment by a witch and gets his life flipped around, he is determined to escape somehow and befriend the other prisoner, Jasmine, who is in turn as standoffish as possible. Writing and reading his stories for the witch every night to survive, he explores the mysteries of the apartment.” – Josephine H., September 2018
“This book is amazing. It is about a boy who gets trapped in a magical sweatshop. He wants a girl named Yasmin and they try to escape.” – Ben R., September 2018
“Nightbooks” is about a boy, Alex, who gets trapped in a witch’s apartment and must tell scary stories to keep out of danger. And unless he finds a way to escape, he will stay stuck forever.” – Meghana M.
“This book was a very good plot-twisting book. It was about a boy named Alex who got trapped in a witch’s apartment. There he met a girl named Yasmin and together they try to escape.” – Kaavya V.
“A truly haunting, thrilling tale that will have you finishing it in one sitting.” – Keira R.
“I really like Nightbooks. I recommend people who like horror to read it because it has a great climax at the end. It is aout a boy who gets trapped by a witch, and has to write stories to satisfy her. How will he escape??” – Gania T.
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
“A heart touching story about a girl who will do anything to make sure she doesn’t lose her grandpa.” – Keira R.
“In this book a girl named Robinson who lives with her grandpa always gets into fights at school. She always is questioned about her skin color and behaviors. This book is an exciting good book.” – Kaavya V.
March Forward, Girl by Melba Beals
Granted by John David Anderson
Hurricane Child by Kehryn Callendar
Illegal by Eoin Colfer
“Ebo wakes up one morning to find his older brother gone–he left for Europe without him. He sets out to catch up, and when he does, they must weather (literally) all kinds of inconveniences as refugees with close to nothing. This graphic novel, told in flash backs, is incredibly descriptive.” – Josephine H.
“this book was really good. It’s a graphic novel about the plight of refugees trying to get into the US. This book supports an important issue. We should have more graphic novels.” – Sophia S.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Pinkney
Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith
“Ebb and Flow is a novel in verse that reveals Jett’s “rotten bad year” piece by piece while he stays with his grandmother in a bittersweet tone.” – Josephine H.
“A rhythmic, free-verse novel about a boy who just wants to escape reality and his past, and who discovers the healing power of a summer at the beach with grandma.” -Keira R.
Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voigt
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
“An enticing but melancholy novel about a girl not being able to give up hope on her mother with depression, or her miracle flower, the cobalt blue orchid.” – Keira R.
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
“This is a fantastic book about a girl in a family of outcasts stepping out to leave her father’s shadow and save her family.” – Ben R., September 2018
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
“Amal has her plans all set out–finish her schooling and head off to college and become a teacher…until her mother gives birth to their family’s fourth daughter. While Amal goes to the market to shop for dinner, she comes across a rude man. He turns out to be very important, and of course she finds out after talking back. Together she and the other servants in his house (that she now has to work in) must find a way to change their fates and the entire village for the better.” – Josephine H.
Calling All Minds by Temple Grandin
The Language of Spells by Garrett Weyr
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
“This book is very good. It’s a fantasy novel and pretty long. Byx is the last Damine, maybe. She has heard of a mythical colony of Damines. With her lovable partners, she goes on a quest to find them. This book is a fun adventure full of exciting plot twists and discovery.” – Sophia S., September 2018
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
“This is an amazing adventure book about two friends finding their purpose and escaping their enemies in a city filled with ghosts.” – Keira R.
“Cass has a special ability to see ghosts. Cass and her ghost friend Jacob are ghost hunters, who hunt bad ghosts. They go through many adventures.” – Gania T.
“This book is about a girl who can travel back and forth between the lands of the living and the dead. Her best friend is a ghost, too. But what happens when she gets stuck? (Also, she’s a Gryffindor!)” – Meghana M.
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
“This is an amazing book because it addresses concerns in the modern world, while still having an amazing plot and extremely likable characters.” – Keira R., September 2018
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
“This book is about a 12 year old girl who lives in a museum filled with artifacts of Indian gods. Aru experiences the magical world of the Indian gods during her autumn break. When an evil force is trying to stop time and control it. She connects to the world with a deep (a candle-holder from Diwali ceremonies).” – Gania T., October 2018
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
“A heartfelt story about two special kids learning to survive middle school in their own way, getting over family dilemmas, and bonding over scrabble.” – Keira R.
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
“Mason Buttle is a 7th grader who has recently lost his best friend. He is picked on by his schoolmates. Many things change when Mason finds a new friend, Calvin. He helps Mason get over his friend.” – Gania T.
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
“Checked is about a boy named Conor who lives with his dog Sinbad and his dad. Both Conor and his dad are very passionate about hockey. But them something happens to Sinbad and Conor is forced to make the hardest decision of his life.” – Meghana M., October 2018
The War Outside by Monica Hesse
“This book was a good book about WWII. It was in two different perspectives from two girls whose parents were from Germany and Japan that had to move to Crystal City, TX.” – Kaavya V.
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss
Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart
“An amazingly heartbreaking story about the most brave and loyal dog protecting his boy, even though he cannot be with him anymore.” – Keira R.
City of Islands by Kali Wallace
“Good! Mara lives in a city of islands diving for her mistress day after day. Two years ago her guardian went missing in a storm; she was a bone mage. When Mara comes across ancient bones that may or may not be of the founders of the city, she says an old story of her mother’s…and the bones answer her.” – Josephine H.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“This is a heart wrenching novel about a black boy shot by a white cop. lending racist prejudice, history and fiction, this book is a beautiful piece of art.” – Keira R.
“It’s a story about an African-American boy who gets shot by police and becomes a ghost. The policeman’s daughter can see him and they try to get justice.” -Ben R.
“Nominated. When Jerome, a young African-American boy, gets wrongly shot and killed by a white police officer, he becomes a ghost. No one can see or hear him–except for the officer’s daughter, Sarah. Switching between his existence while living and dead, they work to make awareness of all the other Ghost Boys in the world.” – Josephine H.
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson
Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey (JB SHELLEY)
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
“A hilarious graphic novel about a Russian girl trying to fit in at a far-from-normal summer camp.” -Keira R.
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
“A truly enchanting novel about a girl learning about the changing world around her, leaving her clan, and reuniting one very lost family. The best fantasy book I have read!” – Keira R.