The lists are recommendations from our own experience and that of friends and family. The books in both the lists for middle school girls and boys are not limiting. There may be books on this list that girls would enjoy and vise versa.
My love for reading has inspired me to share the joy you get out of books. I hope this inspires your children to read and explore the adventures in between the pages of a book.
The Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
How would it be to lose light? It’s an intriguing concept and it’s first book The City of Ember starts its tale of a city that only has light because of electricity. Imagine living without the sun.
As the resource slowly goes so do the people’s security and sanity.
It’s an adventure in discovery and the unknown very much up the alley of any middle school boy.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Although the Hunger Games trilogy tells the story from a girl’s point of view it will definitely make an interesting read for boys. The stories of Peta and Gale have a huge bearing on the events in the book.
It also delves into fighting for peace and freedom. The action scenes in the book will have them sitting on the edge of their seat (as it did for my son and I).
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
This is one of the series that you just want to read over and over. My son is a huge Harry Potter fan having read the series 3 times.
The series has such a strong following that all aspects of the book have been tried. From butterbeer to Quidditch you’ll find plenty of groups and even whole communities living out the wizarding world.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings used to be required reading but was made popular with the release of the movie trilogy. It’s quite a bit of heavy reading but for book lovers and those who love adventure it’s one that you will stick out and thoroughly enjoy.
Most people will likely go for the movies but the books are a must read. It explains many things not in the movies and you gain a better understanding of the characters, their actions, and their decisions.
The series also includes a prequel of sorts, The Hobbit which also has its movie version. Upcoming is The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug. I loved the Hobbit and was thrilled to learn that the movies were to be made.
If it’s your first time to read the books, start with the Hobbit then the LOTR trilogy. It’ll explain everything better and you’ll have more insight to some of the characters, their beliefs and their backgrounds.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Percy Jackson series is another one of my son’s favorites. The fight against mythical monsters and Percy’s search for purpose as Poseidon’s son a midst a raging war between good and evil has kept my son’s (and my own) interest.
I quite enjoyed the movie, The Lightning Thief although there were many changes to the original story. The next film The Sea of Monsters looks promising.
The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel
This is similar to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson put together. Brother and sister, Josh and Sophie discover their hidden powers and are chosen to fight against the evil that is slowly conquering earth. The name Nicholas Flamel may be familiar to you because it was mentioned in both the Harry Potter books and movies.
Many were mistaken and thought that this series was a spin off or a prequel to Harry Potter. In truth, the characters featured in the books are well known. You’ll learn that Nicholas Flamel was a scribe and years after his death thought to be an alchemist. Another character of note is Machiavelli, a historian, politician, philosopher, and writer.
The stories are quite intriguing and I had a great time reading them. I could hardly put the books down. My son is in the middle of reading them and is enjoying it so far.
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
The possibilities would be endless if the story line in the Inkheart trilogy were probable. Imagine books coming to life as you read them.
The fantasy novels explores medieval times and travels distances from Europe to Italy. A movie was also made from the first book in the Trilogy starring Brendan Fraser (popularly known for The Mummy).
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is more of an enjoyable treat but even in it’s comical writing there’s always a lesson to be learned.
The series has grown to 9 books and counting. I’ve enjoyed reading these books alongside my son and daughter and I’ve watched the movies with them as well. It’s another way to get them to learn while having fun. An example is from the first book Diary of a Wimpy Kid where they focus on the importance of friendship and trust.
Middle School by James Patterson
If your son (or daughter) is looking for books similar to The Wimpy Kids series, the Middle School Series is another set they can read.
This time it follows the adventures of Rafe Khatchadorian in his middle school life. The series has interesting concepts from surviving bullies, broccoli and Snake Hill to Middle School being the worst years of his life.
What are your book series suggestions?