5th-8th list

The 2011-2012 school year is here! Don’t let your students come in the doors without having fresh titles like the ones below waiting for them! The ones with asterisks are especially suitable for fifth and sixth grade students. I will add to the list as the school year progresses.

January 2012 additions to 2011-2012 list:

Birthmarked, by Caragh O’Brien
*Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
The Pull of Gravity, by Gae Polisner
What Boys Really Want, by Pete Hautman

February additions

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Playground by 50 cent
*The Case of the Deadly Desperadoes by Caroline Lawrence
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

April additions

After the Snow, by S. D. Crockett
Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen
Spirit’s Princess (Princesses of Myth), by Esther Friesner
The Difference Between You and Me, by Madeleine George
There is No Dog, by Meg Rosoff
The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats

Books added September 2011:

* The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
*Junonia by Kevin Henkes
*The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
*The Girl Who Could Fly (series) by Victoria Foster

Brothers of War by J. Marshall Martin
Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace (series) by Alexander Gordon Smith
Lunch-Box Dream by Tony Abbott
Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach
Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
The Tiger’s Curse (series) by Colleen Houck

October 2011 additions

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
Janitors*, by Tyler Whitesides
The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson
You Against Me, by Jenny Downham
Wonderstruck*, by Brian Selznick

November 2011 additions

Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King
My Name is Not Easy, Debby Dahl Edwardson
The Apothecary, Maile Meloy

December 2011

Seriously Norman*, by Chris Raschka
Stalker Girl, by Rosemary Graham
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburf
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty

Previous years’ lists:

JUNE 2011 additions

Nurse, Soldier, Spy, Marissa Moss

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of her own Making, Catherynne M. Valente

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, Uma Krishnaswami

The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon

13 Little Blue Envelopes, & The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson

When Bob Met Woody, Gary Golio

MAY 2011 additions

Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, Susan Hughes

Okay for Now, Gary Schmidt

Once, Morris Gleitzman

Swim the Fly and Beat the Band, Don Calame

APRIL 2011 additions

Death Cloud, Andrew Lane

Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, Amos Oz

Trash, Andy Mulligan

MARCH 2011 additions

Inside Out and Back Again, Thanhha Lai

Matched, Ally Condie

Strings Attached, Judy Blundell

The Search for Wondla*, Toni Di Terlizzi

FEBRUARY 2011 additions

A Time of Miracles, Anne-Laure Bondoux

Bitter Melon, Cara Chow

Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool

The Unidentified, Rae Mariz

JANUARY 2011 additions

Cloaked in Red, Vivian Van Velde

Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper

The Boneshaker, Kate Milford & Andrea Offerman

The Dark Game, Paul B. Janeczko

NOVEMBER 2010 additions

A Tale Dark & Grim* Adam Gidwitz

Halo Alexandra Adornetto

The Fortune of Carmen Navarro Jen Bryant

OCTOBER 2010additions

Birth of a Killer, Darren Shan

Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel

The Genius Wars, Catherine Jinks

SEPTEMBER 2010 additions

Reckless Cornelia Funke

The Nine Pound Hammer* Jean Claude Bernis

School Year 2010-2011

Alligator Bayou, Donna Jo Napoli

Another Faust, Daniel & Dina Nayeri

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth, Lynne Rae Perkins

Cosmic, Frank Cottrell Boyce

Dark Life, Kat Falls

Elephant Run Roland Smith

Eli the Good, Silas House

Heist Society, Ally Carter

Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness

Payback Time, Carl Deuker

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi

The Doom Machine, Mark Teague

The Dreamer,* Pam Munoz

The Sixty Eight Rooms,* Marianne Malone

Last Year’s Lists

May, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Card Turner, by Louis Sachar

The Jaguar Stone, Book One: Middleworld by J & P Voelkel

The Necromancer (Secrets of the Immortal) by Michael Scott

April, 2010

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

*A Faraway Island by Annika Thor

*Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

*Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

February 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Riker’s High by Paul Volponi

Added to List After January 1, 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones
Need by Carrie Jones
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-garcia
Thirst #1 and Thirst #2 by Christopher Pike

Added to List After November 10

*Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

New books added since October 17

All the Lovely Bad Ones, and Wait Til Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (scarey…) by Mary Downing Hahn

Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer

*Dog Days – Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4 by Jeff Kinney

Jumped by Rita Williams-garcia

Killer Pizza by Adam Rex

*Scat by Carl Hiaasen

*The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

New books added to the list below since August 24, 2009-

A Curse Dark As Gold, by Elizabeth C. Bunce

As You Wish, by Jackson Pearce

*Fiendish Deeds, by P.J. Bracegirdle

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, by Danica McKellar

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

*Silksinger (sequel to Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor

The Ask and the Answer, #2 in Chaos Walking Series, by Patrick Ness

*The Candy Shop War, by Brandon Mull

*The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

The Georges and the Jewels, by Jane Smiley

The Sorceress,#3 in The Secrets of the Immortal, by Michael Scott

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

July 2009 List

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Audrey, Wait, by Robin Benway

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, sequel to  Hunger Games

Child of Dandelions, by Shenaaz Nanji

Fire, by Kristin Cashore, companion to Graceling

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

*Missing and Sent, Margaret Peterson Haddix

*NERDS. By Michael Buckley 

*Ranger’s Apprentice: The Siege of Macindaw, Book Six, by John Flanagan

*Roar, by Emma Clayton

*Savvy, by Ingrid Law

*The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

The Waters and the Wild, by Francesca Lia Block

This is What I Did, by Ann Dee Ellis

*Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt (author of Wednesday Wars)

Wings, by Aprilynne Pike


These books were the most popular among my middle school readers for the school year 2008/2009:

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, series Louise Rennison
Cirque du Freak, series Darren Shan
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, series Jeff Kinney
Edge Chronicles, series Paul Stewart
Gingerbread Rachel Cohn
Keys to the Kingdom, series Garth Nix
Maximum Ride, series James Patterson
Mortal Instruments, series Cassandra Clare
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, series Rick Riordan
Twilight series Stephenie Meyer


-Gaby Chapman

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