I'm a Teen: Middle School

Books that resonate with students between grades 6-8.

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of whimsy, humour and fantasy Readers interested in the long and very fruitful life of a resourceful blue bear Fans of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared


  • Three Times Lucky (Tupelo Landing #1)

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers looking for a story about 11-year-old Miss Moses LoBeau who washed up on the shore of Tupelo Landing after a hurricane. Fans of quirky characters with secrets. Fans of a good murder mystery.


  • The Golden Compass

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of heroes, magical creatures, and noble journeys Readers looking to be immersed in a fantasy universe where a young girl and her animal companion embark on an epic quest to save her brother, and her world. Anyone who loved The Lion, the Witch and the...


  • The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1)

    Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, were born into of one of the most influential families in history whose power can be traced all the way back to Napoleon himself; however, the original source of this power remains unknown. The two siblings set off in search of 39 clues...


  • Tiger Lily

    Peter Pan and Tiger Lily are in love. Until Wendy Darling gets there. You know the story, but not this story. Perfect for:  Readers of fairy-tale retellings. Lovers of YA, paranormal fiction. Fans of Peter Pan.


  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Claudia Kincaid and her brother, Jamie, run away to New York City and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They must evade their parents (and the police), but need to figure out how to live in a museum. Oh, and the siblings also get drawn into a mystery...


  • Flipped

    Neighbours, Juli and Bryce, take turns narrating this playful teen romance. At first, Juli crushes on Bryce until 7th grade. In 8th grade, Bryce starts to notice Juli. Only problem? She’s no longer convinced. Perfect for: Anyone looking for a solid teen romance. Learning about the same relationship from each...


  • Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

    Violet is not pleased with her father’s new life: she’s infuriated by his move to L.A and his decision to marry an actress named, of all things, Jennica. Her younger sister, Rosie, isn’t adjusting so well either - she’s started to wet the bed. Even worse, Violet’s mother only dates...


  • 11 Birthdays

    Best friends, Amanda and Leo, were born on the same day, and celebrate all their birthdays together – at least until last year, when something happened between them. On their eleventh birthday, Amanda can’t wait for the day, and her dismal party, to be over – Leo’s party is rumoured...


  • The Inquisitor’s Apprentice (Inquisitor’s Apprentice #1)

    Sacha Kessler can see witches. And so, he becomes a reluctant apprentice to the New York Police Department’s eccentric, yet very effective inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Together with Wolf and fellow apprentice, Lily Astral, Sacha learns how to stop magical crimes. And it only gets better. Perfect for: Readers of alternative...


  • Sisters

    Raina Telgemeier again mines her own childhood to describe her tumultuous relationship with her younger sister, Amara, with whom she competes for attention, recognition, and, well, space (they live in a TINY apartment). The story is mostly related through the remembrance of a road-trip they took with their brother and...


  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1)

    Her father is away at war, her mother is exhausted by her job, and September is bored by the sameness of Nebraska and the teacups she has to wash day after day so, when she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, she quickly accepts. It...


  • Wool (Silo #1A)

    In this, the first of Howey’s popular, post-apocalyptic series chronicling people confined to a giant underground silo due to toxic waste, dystopian worlds and compelling characters unite to survive in the best possible way. Perfect for: Addictive, dystopian fiction to die for. Readers looking to immerse themselves in a post-apocalyptic experience....


  • Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine #1)

    A massive explosion detonates McKinley High and all of the students have been infected with a virus that is fatal to adults: in this fast-paced book, David Thorpe must navigate a school without teachers, where violent gangs abound, and where his world is about to get a whole lot worse....


  • Wonder

    August was born with a facial deformity: his endearing personality and loving family cannot protect him from the harsh judgments of his fellow students. Told through different characters’ perspectives – Palacio weaves together a touching, compelling and funny story of how isolation means different things to all of us –...


  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Science Fiction meets humour in this beloved classic: when Arthur Dent wakes up to his house’s demolishment, he is whisked away by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two embark on an uproarious intergalactic journey to escape earth’s destruction only to encounter more bizarre characters along the way.Great for:• Most...


  • Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life

    When Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious package from his late father on his 13th birthday, a remarkable journey is set into motion as he – along with his best friend, Lizzy, – embark on a mission to find the scattered keys that will unlock more than just the contents of...


  • The Maze Runner

    If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, take a peek at this dystopian trilogy that follows Thomas and his fellow ‘Gladers’ as they try to escape from the maze that keeps them from freedom. Great for: • Reluctant readers (13 and up) • Readers of dystopian YA fiction • Those...


  • Cuba 15

    In this coming-of-age story, Violet Paz (born and raised in America), makes a conscious decision to engage more with her Cuban culture as she navigates her history (and her amusing family) in this entertaining book. Great for: Mostly female teens Ages 14 and up Those interested in learning about a...