This is our 12th (and final) book list for our middle school reading adventure. I have loved sharing all of these wonderful titles with you over the year.
Our category for this month is books that your parents loved in middle school. What a fun list to put together! We all have those books that we read back in school that just stuck with us, so why not share them with your tweens? While reading with your kids, let them know what you enjoyed about the stories and why you remember them all these years later.
Books are always a wonderful way to connect with your kids, especially when the tales you read together hold a special place in your heart.
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5 Books We Read (and Loved) in Middle School
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The miniature Clock family, Pod, Homily, and Arrietty, live under the floorboard of a house in England. Everything they have in their home, they have “borrowed” from the people living in the house. Unfortunately, Pod breaks the most important rule – never be seen. Now they don’t know if they will have to leave their beloved home.
Tweens will laugh as they read about the creative ways the Clocks use the small objects they take from the house. I bet they’ll even be questioning what really happened to the stuff they’ve “lost” over the years.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Chester is a cricket who lives in the country (in Connecticut) and accidentally finds himself in Times Square. He meets Tucker, a mouse and Harry, a cat and they quickly form an unlikely friendship. The three animals spend their days wandering around the streets and subway stations of New York City.
Eventually, Chester meets Mario, a boy who spends his time at his family’s newsstand. Mario wants to keep him as a pet, but soon learns the special role crickets play in Chinese culture. Along the way, they also discover that Chester has a unique talent, the ability to make music, making him even more special in the eyes of his friends.
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Gilly is an 11 year old who has been shuffled around to one foster family after another and unfortunately, she has hated every one of them. She is quick to shut herself off from any love given to her from the families she lives with. Her one longing is to be with her mother, but even if she had the opportunity, chances are, her mother is nothing like she’s imagined.
Will Gilly be able to put down the walls she’s built around herself long enough to realize that there are people in her life that love her?
Just a note – the book’s theme is not an easy one, plus the author uses some points of view and swear words to show the depths of Gilly’s angst and anger.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Milo is bored, bored, bored. Then, one day, out of the blue, a tollbooth appears in his room. As he drives through, things begin to get interesting. Each place he visits is unique and home to colorful characters. Now, Miles is on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason who are missing from the Kingdom of Wisdom.
During the journey, Miles visits Dictionopolis, where he learns to choose his words wisely, jumps to the Island of Conclusions, heads into the Valley of Sound, over the Mountains of Ignorance, as well as a bunch of other fun locations. His sidekick along the way is a watchdog named Tock.
Kids will love the puns and will even find themselves laughing at the author’s use of word play. They’ll also find that there are deep meanings found within the fun language.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Everlasting life – a blessing or a curse? The Tuck family, Mae, Angus, Jesse, and Miles are immortal, thanks to a magic spring they drank from. They are planning to meet up near the spring for the first time in years when a young girl, Winnie, runs into Jesse. She is upset with her overprotective family and has run away from home. Once the rest of the Tuck family arrives and sees Winnie, they decide to take her home where they tell her their secret.
Winnie has desired freedom, but now that she is away from her family, she wants to go back. Unfortunately, a mysterious older man has seen everything and is determined to get the spring, and its powers, for himself.
I think older kids who read this book will enjoy the different ways the members of the Tuck family are handling their eternal lives.
Have you shared any books from your childhood with your middle schooler? Did they love the stories as much as you did?
What book did you read in middle school that you fell in love with?
If you’re looking for other books your middle schooler will enjoy, check out the other genres we’ve been reading as part of our 2016 Reading Adventure.
- Adventure Novels
- Animal Books
- Books that Inspired Disney Movies
- Contemporary Novels
- Fantasy Books
- Historical Fiction Stories
- Inspiring Biographies
- Mystery Books
- Newbery Medal winners
- Personal Growth Books
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