Summer Reading List -- Middle

This list of recommended vacation reading for the middle grades is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group and Dorling Kindersley.
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Summer Reading List -- Middle

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Anne Frank and Me
by Cherie Bennett
ISBN: 0399233296
Book Description: After suffering a concussion while on a class trip to a Holocaust exhibit, Nicole finds herself living the life of a Jewish teenager in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley
ISBN: 0688009387
Book Description: Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.

Camp Confidential: Jenna's Dilemma
by Melissa J. Morgan
ISBN: 0448437384
Book Description: Jenna is determined to make camp fun this year, in spite of her parents' separation and the company of her twin brother and older sister. Find teaching activities to extend the book.

Camp Confidential: Natalie's Secret
by Melissa J. Morgan
ISBN: 0448437376
Book Description: Natalie Goode goes from life in the city to Camp Lakeview, where the secret she's been keeping might get in the way of new friendships. Find teaching activities to extend the book.

Dancing in Cadillac Light
by Kimberly Willis Holt
ISBN: 0399234020
Book Description: In 1968, 11-year-old Jaynell's life in the town of Moon, TX, is enlivened when her eccentric Grandpap comes to live with her family.

A Diamond in the Dust
by Carla Joinson
ISBN: 0803725116
Book Description: Despite her mother's objections and the love of an older classmate, 16-year-old Katy is determined to find a better life for herself beyond her family's poverty and sorrow in the Illinois coal mining town where they live.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Book Description: Inspire middle-school students with this fun, online reading experience. New daily entries, full of the fictitious Greg Heffley's life mishaps and musings, will carry you through the year. Find teaching activities to extend the book.

Empress of Elsewhere
by Theresa Nelson
ISBN: 0789424983
Book Description: There are many mysteries behind the grandiose exterior of Grandmother Monroe's mansion, to which Jimmy and his younger sister, Mary Al, have been cajoled to baby-sit a capuchin monkey that keeps escaping – which is more than J.D. can do.

Fire Bringer
by David Clement-Davies
ISBN: 0525464921
Book Description: Enjoy the retelling of the Paiute legend about the Coyote helping an Indian boy bring fire to his tribe.

Getting Near to Baby
by Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 039923389X
Book Description: Although 13-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.

A Girl Named Disaster
by Nancy Farmer
ISBN: 0531095398
Book Description: After the death of her mother, Nhamo is left a virtual slave in her small African village. Upon learning that before her 12th birthday she must marry a cruel man with three other wives, Nhamo desperately decides to run away.

The Hermit Thrush Sings
by Susan Butler
ISBN: 0789424894
Book Description: After a natural disaster has all but destroyed the earth, the orphaned and "defective" Leora, while searching for her sister, defies the oppressive laws of the land and joins a band of rebels trying to overthrow the government.

Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0399231420
Book Description: When 16-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, WI, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

Jake's Orphan
by Peggy Brooke
ISBN: 0789426285
Book Description: When taken from an orphanage to work on a farm in North Dakota in 1926, 12-year-old Tree searches for a home not only for himself but also for his irrepressible younger brother.

I Am Morgan Le Fay
by Nancy Springer
ISBN: 0399234519
Book Description: In a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world.

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