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Suggested Fiction for Students in Grades 6-8

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Recommended Books

Growing Up
Historical Fiction
Graphic Novels
Mystery & Thriller
Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Growing Up

The Possibilities of Sainthood Trouble book cover
by Donna Freitas
Antonia aspires to be the first living saint, but she’s also hoping for her first kiss.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
by Wendy Mass
Jeremy receives a locked box—but no keys—from his deceased father.

Swiss Mist
by Randy Powell
After his parents get a divorce, Milo spends years trying to find himself.

by Gary D. Schmidt
Henry tests his body and mind to help ease the pain of continuing life without his older brother.

Miracle's Boys
by Jacqueline Woodson
Three orphaned brothers need to survive in the rough inner city.


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Historical Fiction

Shooting the Moon book coverChains
by Laurie Halse Anderson
As the Revolutionary War breaks out, a young slave must learn who she can trust to gain freedom.

Shooting the Moon
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Jamie’s brother takes pictures while fighting in Vietnam and sends her the film to develop.

Brooklyn Bridge
by Karen Hesse
In 1903, Joseph’s parents’ new business begins to drive the family apart.

After the Train
by Gloria Whelan
Ten years after World War II, Peter learns his parents’ secret and finds that old prejudices remain in his West German town.


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Beanball Football Hero book cover
by Gene Fehler
Friends, family, teammates, and spectators share their reactions after a batter is severely injured by a wild pitch that strikes him in the head.

Beanball Football Hero
by Tim Green
After his parents’ deaths, Ty is forced to live with his down-and-out aunt and uncle while his older brother tries to make it in the NFL.

Summer Ball
by Mike Lupica
Danny is almost 14 but is only the size of a ten-year-old.  Can he compete with bigger players at summer basketball camp?

by Kathy Mackel
Savvy’s height, talent, and hard work make her an outstanding basketball player, but her integrity is questioned when she is accused of using steroids.

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Graphic Novels

Stormbreaker book coverRapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon & Dean Hale
illustrated by Nathan Hale
Rapunzel learns new ways to use her long hair in this Wild West version of the old tale.

by Antony Johnston
illustrated by Kanako Damerum & Yuzuru Takasaki
Alex Rider is plunged into the world of espionage after his uncle’s death.  Based on the books by Anthony Horowitz.

Dead End Kids
by Joss Whedon
illustrated by Michael Ryan
A group of children with special powers becomes stranded in the past.


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MangaNaruto book cover

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
by Shiro Amano
Soru and a cast of Disney characters go on a wild adventure.

High School Debut
by Kazune Kawahara
What does a female jock do when she decides it’s time to become a lady?  Hire a guy to coach her, of course!

Naruto, Vol. 31: Final Battle
by Masashi Kishimoto
Naruto and his fellow Ninja engage in deadly conflict with the enemy.



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Mystery & Thriller

Mysterious Edge book coverPeeled
by Joan Bauer
A high school journalist works to uncover the truth about the spooky occurrences in her upstate New York apple-growing town.

Whisper in the Dark
by Joseph Bruchac
Maddie loves scary stories, especially ones her Narrangansett grandmother tells, but one of the stories may be coming true.

by Carl Hiaasen
The new boy in a Florida town joins an effort to save a colony of burrowing owls.

Groosham Grange
by Anthony Horowitz
There is definitely something strange and sinister about David’s new school.


The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
by E. L. Konigsburg
Two boys get caught up in the history of the art world in Nazi Germany.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
Six kids who have been genetically engineered to fly want to find out who’s hunting them and why they were created.

Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box
by G. P. Taylor
In an eerie hotel in Victorian England, two magician’s assistants become pawns in an evil plot.


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Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Conch Bearer Gods of Manhattan book cover
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
In modern-day India, a boy’s kindness starts a quest that changes his life and opens up an exotic, magical world.

Gods of Manhattan
by Scott Mebus
A supernatural world of creatures and people from New York City’s past is discovered by a boy chosen for a dangerous mission.

Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1)
by Tamora Pierce
Daine develops her magical powers and strange connection to animals in the world of Tortall.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
by Rick Riordan
Percy and his demigod friends must save the Olympians from the evil Kronos.



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Last updated: December 9, 2010