This blog post contains a list of books for middle school students from the historical fiction and mystery fiction genres.
This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.
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 (Mystery Fiction)
A pizza delivery girl goes missing and the real target is determined to find her.
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die (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 (Mystery Fiction)
A blind girl is kidnapped for ransom and needs to try to get out alive.
Count All Her Bones (Girl, Stolen) (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 (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 (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.
Check Out These Engaging Resources
- Novel Study Activities For Any Novel
- Book Unboxing Assignment
- Book Flatlay Project
- Middle School Book Recommendations