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The Marie Holland Library suggested summer reading list

100 Picks for middle school students

Crittenden Middle School 6158 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23606

This is a suggested summer reading list for middle school students and is not intended for elementary students. Some titles, however, will also be of interest to high school students.


The recommended titles reflect the quality and complexity of the types of material middle school students should be reading both at school and outside of class. This list contains contemporary titles to create a more comprehensive list for expanding options for classroom teachers, librarians, students, and parents.


Crittenden Middle School teachers believe that students should develop a love of reading and a responsibility to read in order to become life-long learners. ALL students are encouraged to read at least two books over the summer months. The purpose of this list is to provide suggestions for literature with a wide appeal to middle school students. While this list is not intended to replace existing reading lists, classroom teachers, reading teachers, library information specialists, parents, and others should use this list to encourage their young people to read a wider variety of current literature.

Criteria used in the selection of books for this suggested reading list were:



Copyright date must be within five years from the current calendar date; Each title must have at least three favorable reviews from recognized review sources; Each title must be currently available in print; and The list must include the current year winners of the Virginia Readers’ Choice Award.

Since reading is the single most important factor attributed to school success, we hope that students will use the list as a starting point and choose other selections. This list will be updated annually to meet the selection criteria as outlined above. For more information about this middle school suggested reading list, please contact CMS librarian, Ms.Carnesi or CMS reading specialist Mr.Weisiger.

100 Suggested Titles for Middle School Students Alphabetical by Author Author



1. Angelberger, Tom

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2. Anderson, John David 3. Anderson, Laurie Halse 4. Appelt, Kathi 5. Aubin, Henry 6. Avi, et al

Standard Hero Behavior Chains Keeper Rise of the Golden Cobra Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays! Six Newbery Stars! Boy Who Dared, The Close to Famous Sword of Waters, The Penderwicks, The: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy Cosmic Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1052 The Lacemaker and the Princess, Mummy at Midnight, The All the Broken Pieces Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion Dragon’s Keep The Kissing Diary Powerless Artemis Fowl: the graphic novel 2: The Artic Incident War games : a novel based on a true story Blindsided  Elijah of Buxton  The Mighty Miss Malone Curtains! A High School Musical Mystery Henrietta Hurnbuckle’s Circus of Life Kenny & the Dragon Bewitching Season Out of my Mind World Snoop, The Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One City of Ember Beth Into the Wild  Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba  The Wild Book Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13 The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of P. T. Barnum

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7. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell 8. Bauer, Joan 9. Bell, Hilari 10. Birdsall, Jeanne 11. Boyce, Frank Cottrell 12. Blos, Joan W. 13. Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker 14. Brezenoff, Steve 15. Burg, Ann E. 16. Burns, Lorie Griffin 17. Carey, Janet Lee 18. Caseley, Judith 19. Cody, Matthew 20. Colfer, Eooin 21. Couloumbis, Audrey 22. Cummings, Priscilla 23. Curtis, Christopher Paul 24. Dahl, Michael 25. deGusman, Michael 26. DiTerlizzi, Tony 27. Doyle, Marissa 28. Draper, Sharon 29. Dubosarsky, Ursula 30. Duey, Kathleen Skin 31. DuPrau, Jeanne 32. Durst, Sarah 33. Engle, Margarita 34. Farr, Richard 36. Fleming, Candace

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37. Fletcher, Charlie 38. Flood, Bo 39. Frost, Helen 40. Gaiman, Neil 41. Gantos, Jack 42. Grabenstein, Chris 43. Green, John 44. Haddix, Margaret Peterson 45. Hahn, Mary 46. Hale, Shannon 47. Hall, Teri 48. Harper, Jessica 49. Hess, Nina 50. Hiaasen, Carl

Stoneheart Warriors in the Crossfire Diamond Willow Graveyard Book, The Deadend in Norvelt Crossroads, The The Fault in Our Stars Found Downing Deep, Dark and Dangerous Calamity Jack (graphic novel) The Line Uh-oh, Cleo: I Barfed on Mrs. Kenly Practical Guide to Monsters, A  Scat  Chomp How Strong Is It? A Mighty Book All About Strength Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Operation Yes How I Saved My Father’s Life (And Ruined Everything Else) Snakehead BULU: African Wonder Dog On Rough Seas Quest Begins, The Goatnappers, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The Million Shades of Gray, A Pop Stella Stands Alone Skulduggery Pleasant Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Agency, The: A Spy in the House Questors Year of Goodbyes, The Big Field, The Human Machine, The Running Rivals Camo Girl Night tourist, The Every Soul a Star Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases Cinder Wild girls, The Thirteen Climate Crisis

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51. Hillmam, Ben 52. Holm, Jennifer L. 52. Holmes, Sara Lewis 53. Hood, Ann 54. Horowitz, Anthony 55. Houston, Dick 56. Hull, Nancy L. 57. Hunter, Erin 58. Jordan, Rosa 59. Kelly, Jacqueline 60. Kodahata, Cynthia 61. Korman, Gordon 62. LaFaye, A. 63. Landy, Derek 64. Lasky, Katheryn 65. Lee, Y. S. 66. Lennon, Joan 67. Levy, Debbie 68. Lupica, Mike 69. Macauley, David 70. Maddox, Jake 71. Magoon, Kekla 72. Marsh, Katherine 73. Mass, Wendy 74. Mercado, Nancy, ed. 75. Meyer, Marissa 76. Murphy, Pat 77. Myracle, Lauren 78. Nardo, Don

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79. Paulsen, Gary 80. Peck, Dale 80. Priestley, Chris 81. Preus, Margi 82. Quick, Matthew 83. Resau, Laura 84. Rinaldi, Anne 85. Selznick, Brian

Lawn Boy Returns Lost Cities, The: A Drift House Voyage The Dead of Winter Heart of a Samurai Boy 21 Star in the Forest Redheaded Princess, The  Wonderstruck: a novel in words & pictures  The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Scopio Races Peak Flygirl After Ever After House of Djinn, The  When You Reach Me  Liar & Spy (coming this summer) Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared Chasing Lincoln’s Killer H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education Black Boy White School Where Things Come Back Countdown One Crazy Summer Someone Named Eva Into the Volcano: a Graphic Novel  Feathers  Beneath a Meth Sky

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86. Stiefvator, Maggie 87. Smith, Roland 88. Smith, Sherri L. 89. Sonnenblick, Jordan 90. Staples, Suzanne Risher 91. Stead, Rebecca 92. Stone, Tanya Lee 93. Swanson, James L. 94. Walden, Mark 94. Walker, Brian F. 95.Whaley 96. Wiles, Deborah 97. Williams, Rita Garcia 98. Wolf, Joan M. 99. Wood, Don 100. Woodson, Jacqueline

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The Marie Holland Library's Suggested Summer Reading List for 2012  

A list of titles for students to use when selecting something to read this summer.

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