20 Middle School Book Recommendations from a College Student

I recently reviewed two books with a middle school boy audience. The resulting “Fictional Character” article enticed my older daughter to offer suggestions for middle school readers.

I like adventure and fantasy books with journeys.

-the college student
illustration of zoo animals and children and yeoman with book

Books for reluctant middle school readers

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Ella Enchanted and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes series) by Nancy Springer

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

Holes by Louis Sachar

Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol

Boy Proof and The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (okay, this is my suggestion)

Books for advanced middle school readers

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch


Featured image by Muhammad Rehan on Flickr. Other images provided by Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr and by ReusableArt.com (Pegasus by Walter Crane from A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys by Nathaniel HawthorneImages).

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