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10 Novels for Middle School Students 

Middle school is a tough time. It’s that awkward transition from being a kid but not quite a teenager. You’re just sort of floating somewhere in the middle searching for something to hold on to or really, to relate to. My favorite thing about having a middle school-aged kid is watching her find those relatable moments in books! Books have become both a fun escape and a way to make sense of all the things happening in her world. So. much. change. My friends! If you have a preteen of your own at home, then you may be looking for the same thing. Well, I had my daughter round up her current list of top 10 novels (and she has read many!) for middle school students so you can have a fighting chance at home with your little readers.

We are avid readers and my kids actually enjoy reading over most other things (just check out THIS list of reads from my 4th-grade son), so you can rest assured that these selections are proven to be good (by her anyway, ha!)

I’ve linked them all below! And as always, be sure to read over the description and reviews to ensure it aligns with the reading goals of your family.

Novels for Middle School Students

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Just look at that little face, she’s so happy! She had a blast pulling these reads together. A couple of titles are big-name books turned movies, but there are many that you may have never seen! From book characters appearing right from the pages in The Book Wanderers to a beautiful telling of a disability experience in Song for a Whale, there is something for everyone!  

Here’s a closer look at the books.

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Just click each book title below to check them out! 

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  1. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
  2. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  3. 11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel by Wendy Mass
  4. Out of my Heart by Sharon Draper
  5. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  6. The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
  7. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. The Book Wanderers by Anna James

What books would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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