Fantastic Middle Grades Books Recommendations

Teach middle school? Check out these fantastic middle grades books recommendations.

Check out these fantastic middle grades books recommendations. I asked the Instagram teacher community for classroom library recommendations and they came back with this amazing list. I can’t wait to add these to my Grade 7 and 8 classroom library.

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Fantastic Middle Grades Books

Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
A series about the adventures of Maximum “Max” Ride and friends after they escape from the lab where they were experimented on.

Circus du Freak Series by Darren Shan (Fantasy Fiction)
Two friends attend a banned freak show and get themselves involved in a way they didn’t plan.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy Fiction)
An orphan discovers he is from a magician family and is sent to school to learn magic.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Realistic Fiction)
Told by the point of view of Ivan, a captive gorilla, it is the story of his life on display in a shopping mall.


Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (Realistic Fiction)
A story about a friendship between a large, troubled boy and a physically challenged boy who is very smart.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Realistic Fiction)
A thirteen-year-old boy’s plane crashes and he is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothes and a hatchet. The story follows him as he must find a way to survive.

Prisoner b-3087 by Alan Gratz (Historical Fiction)
The story of a Jewish boy during Nazis rule. He is forced from one concentration camp to another and must try to survive.

Refugee by Alan Gratz (Historical Fiction)
A story about 3 different children Isabel, Josef and Mahmoud who flee terrible situations in search of refuge with their families.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (Historical/Realistic Fiction)
Ponyboy is a member of the “Greasers”, a gang from the “wrong” side of the town and who are in constant conflict with the “Socs” the rich gang from the “right” side of town.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Biography)
The story of Malala, a fifteen-year-old girl who fought for her right to an education and was shot by the Taliban for it.

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