Fall break is just around the corner and it’s a great time for your child to get in some extra reading. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of books that come highly recommended by our Middle School students.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds tells the story of a middle school track team and has been flying off the library shelves. It’s a great choice for reluctant readers and anyone who likes to root for the underdog. The second book in the series, Patina, was just released.
Middle School kids love fantasy books, and the release of a new Rick Riordan book is always hotly anticipated. The third book in his Magnus Chase series, The Ship of the Dead, will come out October 3rd.
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger is another must read series for fantasy fans. The sixth book in the series, Nightfall, will be out in November.
It’s a great choice for reluctant readers and anyone who likes to root for the underdog.
Mysteries and horror books have been very hot lately. If your middle schooler wants something creepy, but isn’t ready for Stephen King, Doll Bones by Holly Black might be a good fit. Peg Kehret, Katie Alender, and Mary Downing Hahn also write good mysteries and ghost stories that won’t keep kids up at night. The Wells and Wong Mystery series by Robin Stevens is another solid choice. The first book, Murder is Bad Manners, is a classic whodunit that has gotten rave reviews from our students.
If your family is traveling this fall break, an audio book might be just the thing to keep everyone from getting bored and fighting over the radio. Randolph has a subscription to the audio book service Tales2Go. Simply download the free Tales2Go app on your mobile phone or tablet. When prompted, select "login as school," then enter your child’s lunch number as your ID and the password "raiders".
Some of my favorite listens on Tales2Go are A Night Divided and The False Prince, both by Jennifer Nielsen, and the Children of the Lamp series by P. B. Kerr. NERDS by Michael Buckley also comes highly recommended by our students.