Featured below are middle grade fiction, history, and biography books ideal for the middle school classroom.

 

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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

 

9780142422861

COUNTING BY 7S
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Dial Books • Hardcover
978-0-8037-3855-3 • 384 pages • $16.99
Publication Date: 8/29/2013

Puffin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-242286-1 • 400 pages • $8.99
Publication Date: 9/16/2014

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation for readers of all ages and an ideal choice for both guided and independent reading for fifth through eighth graders.

 

9780142426425FISH IN A TREE
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Nancy Paulsen Books • Hardcover
978-0-399-16259-6 • 288 pages • $16.99
Publication Date: 2/5/2015

Puffin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-242642-5 • 320 pages • $8.99
Publication Date: 3/28/2017

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself, and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

 

9781101934593FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES
Edited by Ellen Oh

Crown Books for Young Readers • Hardcover
978-1-101-93459-3 • 240 pages • $16.99
Publication Date: 1/3/2017

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

 

9780147510488THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Dial Books • Hardcover
978-0-80-374081-5 • 320 pages • $16.99
Publication Date: 1/8/2015

Puffin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-751048-8 • 336 pages • $8.99
Publication Date: 5/31/2016

Ada’s mother is so ashamed of her daughter’s club foot that she doesn’t let nine-year-old Ada leave their apartment. Ada’s only information about the world outside comes from her little brother, Jaime, and from tidbits overheard at the window, such as news of the approaching war. When London plans an evacuation of the city’s children to safer spots in the country, Ada dares to escape her abusive mother and join Jaime on the train out. Then, they meet Susan Smith, a reclusive woman who takes them in. Little by little, Ada opens up and starts to trust people, and Susan learns to nurture the kids and to love again after years of loneliness.

 

MIDDLE GRADE HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY

 

9780147515827BROWN GIRL DREAMING
by Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulsen Books • Hardcover
978-0-399-25251-8 •  352 pages • $10.99
Publication Date: 8/28/2014

Puffin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-751582-7 •  368 pages • $10.99
Publication Date: 10/11/2016

Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson shares the poignant, the gritty, and the sweet memories of her childhood—as well as revealing the first sparks that ignited her writing career—in these lyrical free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South. The paperback edition includes seven brand-new poems.

 

9780375867828THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
by Candace Fleming

Schwartz & Wade Books • Hardcover
978-0-375-86782-8 • 304 pages • $19.99
Publication Date: 7/08/2014

History doesn’t get much more interesting than the story of the Romanovs. When Tsar Nicholas II inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. Along with his reclusive wife Alexandra, a woman deeply entrenched in the doctrines of the Russian Orthodox Church, the imperial couple holed up in a palace outside the capital of St. Petersburg, tied to the idea of a centralized government. With their four daughters and only son, a hemophiliac, the Romanovs buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants—and their eventual uprising—Fleming offers up a compelling portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photos.

 

9780307982988STEVE JOBS: Insanely Great
by Jessie Hartland

Schwartz & Wade Books • Hardcover
978-0-307-98295-7 • 240 pages • $22.95
Publication Date: 7/21/2015

Ember • Paperback
978-0-307-98298-8 • 240 pages • $10.99
Publication Date: 10/11/2016

Told through a combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwritten text, this fast-paced and entertaining biography in graphic format presents the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, the man who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPhones, and more.

Jobs’s remarkable life reads like a history of the personal technology industry. He started Apple Computer in his parents’ garage and eventually became the tastemaker of a generation, creating products we can’t live without. Through it all, he was an overbearing and demanding perfectionist, both impossible and inspiring. Capturing his unparalleled brilliance, as well as his many demons, Jessie Hartland’s engaging biography illuminates the meteoric successes, devastating setbacks, and myriad contradictions that make up the extraordinary life and legacy of the insanely great Steve Jobs.

 

9780385742528UNBROKEN: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
(The Young Adult Adaptation)
by Laura Hillenbrand

Delacorte Press • Hardcover
978-0-385-74251-1 • 320 pages • $19.99
Publication Date: 11/11/2014

Yearling • Paperback
978-0-385-74252-8 • 320 pages • $10.99
Publication Date: 4/25/2017

In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics.

Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.

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