It seems like forever since I last read a book that was based for middle school readers! Even as a sophomore in high school, sometimes I want to go and read something for young readers. Something about the lightness and the easy understanding of the books I really enjoy. Since school has started and some of you might be in middle school or know someone in middle school, here are some books that I enjoyed reading on a middle school level.
1. The Iron Trials by: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .
Like I have mention in previous post, I am not a fan of Holly Black but I really enjoy reading Cassandra Clare. This book is nothing like either of their other books. For anyone who has read Harry Potter, this is the book for you. The Iron Trials has a similar background like Harry Potter but this book is a little easier to understand than Harry Potter. Callum has his two best friends he makes at the school, like Harry had his two best friends he makes at school. Very similar plot lines, different styles of writing. This is book one in The Magisterium Series, which current has three books released out of 5 books.
2. The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
I actually read this book near the beginning of 2015, when I was in 8th grade. All of my friends were either reading the book or had read the book and they were trying to get me to read it. One thing I really hate learning about every year is Greek Mythology. That is something I have never been able to understand. While I was reading this book, I actually started to understand Greek Mythology. The book was exciting and it pulls the reader into the book to make you feel like you are part of the book. Like The Iron Trials, this is book 1 out of 5, with all 5 books out.
3. The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins
Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
This was one of the first books I actually read and enjoyed in middle school. I had just switched schools and we had to read 40 books, which that year, I read 46 books. Each of our books had to fall into certain categories and the teacher recommended me this one book. It was right before the movie was popular and I was one of the first ones to read it. I hated reading this genre but once I read this book, I started to explore this genre (which I later found Divergent and that took me on the reading train). Like all the other books on this list, this is book one out of the three in the series, which all three are out.
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by: Jeff Kinney
Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to. It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.
I feel like every person that was born before 2000 has picked up one of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book series has been turned into movies, which are almost always being shown on TV on the kid channels. Greg is a character that I feel like everyone can relate to at least once in their life. The book includes pictures, which is something almost all middle school students love. This is book 1 out of 11, with the 11th book coming out November 1, 2016.
What is one of your favorite books you have read that has been written for middle school kids? What is one of your favorite middle school authors? Let me know your thoughts in the comments?