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Middle School: Grades 7 and 8
Our staff hand-picked and reviewed each book in this year's summer reading lists. Click on the book titles to add them to your cart!

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Friendly, light middle-grade mystery. A girl moves to a new town, where she investigates the mystery of a letter she finds in the pages of an old book. Yours Truly, the second in the series, is available in hardback.


Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Breakneck action in the final book in The Reckoners series. David’s mentor, Prof, has become a full-blown Epic. David is determined to make him human again, or die trying.


The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

Contemporary ghost story, based on a YouTube series. Sunshine and her mother move to a new house that starts out dark and creepy, but quickly becomes even more threatening.


The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Second in the Young Elites series, this is an action-packed fantasy from a reliably exciting writer. Fleeing the past, and reluctant to trust anyone, Adelina struggles to control both her desire for revenge and her increasing powers.


The Novice by Taran Matharu

First in a new series called Summoner, this will be a hit for those who loved The Ranger’s Apprentice. A blacksmith’s apprentice who can summon demons trains at an elite academy to battle for the Empire—but first he must battle jealousy and rivalry.


Last Descendants and Tomb of the Khan by Matthew J. Kirby

The first two books in a new series based on the hit video game Assassin’s Creed—a good way to move from video games to summer reading! A group of teens find themselves caught in the fight between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order.




The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (out June 6th, 2017)

Good middle grade book about the finality of death. What if you could bring someone back from the dead, but you lost all memory of them?   

Prisoner of War by Michael P. Spradlin

Brutal but exciting, this is a great WWII historical about a boy who escapes his cruel home by lying his way into the Marines. He is captured in the Philippines and his struggle to survive begins.  


Genevieve's War by Patricia Reilly Giff

A tense and well-written story about Genevieve, a 13-year-old American girl who is visiting her grandmother in Alsace when the Nazis invade. She grows up through hardship and danger.


Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley

Good historical fiction by the chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, showing life behind the scenes at the court of Henry VIII, focusing on the story of Katherine Howard, her marriage to Henry and her beheading.


An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

Morpurgo is a great historical fiction writer, and once again he weaves fact and fiction into a wonderful story. An act of mercy at the end of WWI has unforeseen and disastrous consequences in the future.


Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

Persistence and hope dominate this moving story. Ish is determined to travel to Mars and to win back her one-time best friend, Tig. Then Ish is diagnosed with cancer and her dreams become all she has.


Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Outstanding biography of America's greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe; as well as the story of football and the years following the Indian Wars when America attempted to civilize its indigenous people.


Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh

The perfect book to dip in and out of on a journey, these are heartfelt short stories by award-winning authors that celebrate the everyday and the unique. Edited by the founder of We Need Diverse Books.