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9 Fantasy Fiction Books For Middle School Students

9 engaging fantasy fiction book series recommendations for middle school students from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reading #middleschool #fantasyfiction #independentreading

It is important to add fantasy fiction books for middle school students to your classroom and school libraries. Some students love to read novels that are part of a series because the story continues beyond the first novel.

In this article, 9 middle school fantasy fiction book series are recommended for your middle school classroom and students. Each recommendation comes with a brief book summary.

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9 Fantasy Fiction Books for Middle School

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling 

Harry Potter doesn’t know he is a wizard until he is invited to attend the school for wizards. He learns about the mystical world and where he came from. 

Dead Is Series by Marlene Perez 

The Giordano sisters live in Nightshade, California and are psychic. They get tangled up in mysteries involving the paranormal.

I Am Number Four Series by Pittacus Lore 

John Smith lives a regular teen life even though he is an alien being hunted by a group of evil aliens who destroyed his world. Nine alien children were sent to Earth to live and develop their powers to help save the Earth, three are dead and John is number four. 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer 

A teenage cyborg fights against enemies from space to save the Earth. 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 

A story about fifteen-year-old Clary Fray who stumbles on a murder in New York City and is stunned when the body disappears. Clary is soon pulled into the world of Shadowhunters, a secret group of warriors who hunt and send demons back to their own world. 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy on a dangerous quest for a crime he didn’t commit. 

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan 

Jason Grace wakes up on a school bus with no memory of his past, with his girlfriend Piper and his best friend Leo. They are all related to Gods and are given a quest to rescue the Queen of Gods, Hera. 

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini 

Eragon is an ordinary fifteen-year-old boy until he discovers his destiny as a Dragon Rider. He is soon swept into a dangerous world of magic, glory and power. 

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan 

After their mother’s death siblings live separately until they are reunited for a “research experiment” to bring their family back together. Instead, an Egyptian God is unleashed and they are forced on a journey to stop him. 

Don’t forget to share this fantasy fiction books for middle school article with your students and other middle school ELA teachers to help them add to their classroom library books.

12 Genre Book Reports Assignment


Love teaching with genres?

Help your students dive deeper into their reading with these 12 different genre-focused book report assignments. Each assignment enables students to showcase their creativity while meeting curriculum standards. This assignment covers both fiction and non-fiction books. The assignment structure rotates every three months helping students achieve proficiency, while still providing student choice. Assignments can be used in any order. A sample teaching schedule is provided.

Included Genres

  • Realistic Fiction
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Biography & Memoirs
  • Historical Fiction
  • Classical Fiction (pre-1970)
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Sports Fiction
  • Free Verse Fiction

Assignment Types:

  1. Written Response – critical thinking and written reflection assignment.
  2. Creative Choice Board – students are provided with 3 options and must select which creative option they want to produce.
  3. Oral Presentation – a book talk format assignment.
  4. Student-Created Lesson based on a non-fiction book
  5. Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales Comparison Assignment

Find the 12 Genres Book Reports resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

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For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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