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10 Intriguing Books For Middle School Students

This blog post contains a list of books for middle school students from the historical fiction and mystery fiction genres. 

This blog post contains a list of 10 intriguing books for middle school students from the historical fiction and mystery fiction genres.

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10 Intriguing Books For Middle School Students

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and Ginger Knowlton (Historical Fiction)

Salva and Nya are eleven-year-old kids in Sudan. One a girl who walks two hours for water twice a day and a boy who walks looking for his family and safety. Their stories take place at different times but are intertwined.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Historical Fiction)

Set in 1936 in Flint Michigan ten-year-old Bud sets out to find his father whom he has never met.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Historical Fiction)

Ada is a ten-year-old child who has never been outside of her apartment. Her family is embarrassed by her misshapen foot to allow her to go outside. Her brother is taken out of London to escape World War Two and she flees with him opening her to new experiences.

Cherub series by Robert Muchamore (Mystery Fiction)

CHERUB agents are under the age of seventeen and have a talent for spying. This is the story of James and his training to become a CHERUB agent and the exciting missions that follow.

Warcross by Marie Lu (Mystery Fiction)

Millions of people play Warcross every day. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter who tracks players betting on the game illegally until she accidentally hacks herself into the game. The game’s creator contacts her to hire her to spy on the game and uncover security issues.

 

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A pizza delivery girl goes missing and the real target is determined to find her.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A girl wakes up in a cabin and doesn’t know who or where she is. She hears men arguing over whether to kill her and she knows she needs to run.

Girl, Stolen: A Novel by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A blind girl is kidnapped for ransom and needs to try to get out alive.

Count All Her Bones by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A boy steals a car and a blind girl is in the car. The boy’s father wants to hold the girl for ransom and the son helps her escape.

Blood Will Tell: A Point Last Seen Mystery by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A body is found in the park and a member of the search and rescue team is a suspect.

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Mystery Fiction)

A girl’s mother is killed when she is three and her father is the suspect, but he has disappeared, and now it looks like he was murdered too.

These books for middle school students would be a great addition to your classroom or school library.

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.

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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