Books for Guys in Middle School
Recommended Books for Guys in Middle School
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Y Oppel, Y Books on CD Oppel (Grade 6-8) Matt Cruse has the life he has always dreamed of as a cabin boy on the Aurora, a luxury passenger airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean. Then one night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies who are completely real and utterly mysterious.
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, Y Fiction Horowitz, Y Books on CD Horowitz (Grade 5-10) When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to superspy. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his missions.
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Y Fiction Haddix (Grade 5-8) In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Artemis Fowl(Artemis Fowl Series) by Eoin Colfer, Y Fiction Colfer, Y Books on CD Colfer (Grade 6-8) Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a most ingenious criminal mastermind, and heir to the Fowl family empire, a centuries-old clan of underworld figures and famous con artists. When Artemis kidnaps Holly Short, one of the Fairy People, to help him on his quest for gold, he takes on a Fairy world determined to rescue Holly.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, Y Fiction Stroud, Y Books on CD Stroud (Grade 6 and up) Set in modern-day London, this first book in a gripping new trilogy introduces young magician's apprentice Nathaniel. Humiliated by a hotshot wizard, Nathaniel summons the not-so-tame djinni, Bartimaeus, and sends him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand.
Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins, Y Fiction Higgins (Grade 5-8) When Ludlow Fitch runs away from his thieving parents in the City, he meets up with the mysterious Joe Zabbidou, who calls himself a secret pawnbroker, and who takes Ludlow as an apprentice to record the confessions of the townspeople of Pagus Parvus, where resentments are many and trust is scarce.
Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee Wilson, Y Fiction Wilson (Grade 6-10) Twelve-year-old Colton, son of a black mother and a white father, takes a job with the Pony Express in 1860 after his father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train, and risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South.
Blood Fever(Young Bond Series) by Charlie Higson, Y Fiction Higson (Grade 6-10) During a summer holiday in Italy, the teen-age James Bond tangles with an underground empire of criminals as he attempts the rescue of a kidnapped young girl.
Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick, Y Fiction Sedgwick (Grade 6-9) With the help of his servant and an orphan girl, a magician named Valerian searches graveyards, churches, and underground waterways for a book he hopes will save him from a pact he has made with evil.
Cirque du Freak (Cirque du Freak/Saga of Darren Shan) by Darren Shan, Y Fiction Shan (Grade 5-8) Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.
The Compoundby S.A. Bodeen, Y Fiction Bodeen (Grade 7 and up) After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
The Devil's Breath: Danger Zone Africa by David Gilman, Y Fiction Gilman (Grade 6-9) When an assassin bursts from the shadows to try to kill him on the dark, windswept grounds of his boarding school in England, Max Gordon realizes his life is about to change forever. After learning that his explorer father is missing, Max is determined to find him, no matter what dangers may lay in his path. A secret clue his father left behind leads Max to the inhospitable wilderness of Namibia, where he soon discovers a potentially massive ecological disaster masterminded by Shaka Chang, a very powerful and completely ruthless man—a man Max fears may have put his father in mortal danger. Max needs all the help he can get. Because whoever is behind his father's disappearance is determined to get rid of Max, too. For good.
DragonLance Chronicles (DragonLance series) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Y Fiction Weis (Grade 6-12) After five years, a group of friends reunites as the shadow of war hangs over the land. When an artifact of incredible power falls into their hands, they must flee the forces of darkness, for they have learned the terrible truth: the dragons have returned to Krynn!
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks, Y Fiction Jinks (Grade 7 and up) Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey, Y Fiction Yancey (Grade 6-8) Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
Found (The Missing) by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Y Fiction Haddix (Grade 4-8) When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
The Glitch in Sleep by John Hulme and Michael Wexler, Y Fiction Wexler (Grade 4-8) When twelve-year-old Becker Drane is recruited by The Seems, a parallel universe that runs everything in The World, he must fix a disastrous glitch in the Department of Sleep that threatens everyone's ability to ever fall asleep again.
Heat by Mike Lupica, Y Fiction Lupica, Y Books on CD Lupica (Grade 5-8) Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Hunger Games (Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins, Y Fiction Collins, Y Books on CD Collins, Y Playaway Collins (Grade 7 and up) In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Invisible by Pete Hautman, Y Fiction Hautman (Grade 7 and up) Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Lord Loss (Demonata series) by Darren Shan, Y Fiction Shan (Grade 7 and up) When sneaky teenaged Grubbs Grady finds himself mysteriously dumped on his aunt's doorstep, he can't help but steal back home to figure out what's going on. Unfortunately, when he arrives, his parents and sister have been horrifically killed in true Shan form: their bodies ripped to shreds by an evil demon named Lord Loss and his vile henchmen. Grubbs somehow manages to escape the fiends and goes to live with his Uncle Dervish, a peculiar dandy who lives in a creepy country mansion whose secrets may hold the key to the murders.
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix, Y Fiction Nix (Grade 5-8) Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride) by James Patterson, Y Fiction Patterson (Grade 7 and up) After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series) by D.J. MacHale, Y Fiction MacHale, Y Books on CD MacHale (Grade 5-8) Bobby Pendragon was living the life of a normal 14 year old guy, until his Uncle Press came by one night to say: "I need your help." From that moment on, nothing was the same. He and his uncle were swept off on a series of adventures that would take them through both time and space. Their mission? To protect the territories of Halla from a demon named Saint Dane, a cold-blooded villian who wants nothing less than the destruction of all humanity. The only force standing in Saint Dane's way is a mysterious group of people called... Travelers. Bobby is surprised to discover that he is a Traveler. He has no choice but to band together with the others in their battle against Saint Dane, wherever and whenever it takes them. Trouble is, Bobby would much rather be home playing basketball. But that wasn't meant to be, because when he left home, his entire family vanished without a trace!
Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan, Y Fiction Riordan, Y Books on CD Riordan (Grade Level 6-9) After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Project Sweet Life by Bret Hartinger, Y Fiction Hartinger (Grade 6-9) When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.
Puddlejumpers by Mark Jean & Christopher C. Carlson, Y Fiction Carlson (Grade 4-8) Kidnapped as a baby by Puddlejumpers, little people who live in a world below puddles, twelve-year-old Ernie must find courage to save the Puddlejumpers by leading them into battle against their mortal enemies, the Troggs.
The Ruins of Gorlan(Ranger's Apprentice) by John Flanagan, Y Fiction Flanagan, Y Fiction Flanagan (Grade 4-8) When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman, Y Fiction Reisman, Y Fiction Reisman (Grade 4-7) Nerdy sixth-grader Simon Bloom finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, but when two thugs come after him, he needs the formulas in the book to save himself.
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel, Y Fiction Oppel (Grade 6-10) Matt Cruse, a student at the Airship Academy, and Kate de Vries, a young heiress, team up with a gypsy and a daring captain, to find a long-lost airship, rumored to carry a treasure beyond imagination.
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Chima Williams, Y Fiction Williams (Grade 5-9) Before he knew about the Roses, fourteen-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers.Then one day Jack skips his medicine.Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts. Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself:he is Weirlindpart of an underground society of magical people who live among us.At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.As if his bizarre magical heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that hes not just another member of Weirlindhes one of the last of the warriorsat a time when both houses are scouting for a player.Jacks performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that hes in Trinity. And until one of the houses is declared Jacks official sponsor, there are no limits to what they'll do to get Jack to fight for them. . . .
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