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    Default What has your Middle Schooler read, and liked, recently?

    I was going through this forum and noticed there haven't been books listed recently.
    I thought it might be nice to list some of the books our middle schoolers have read recently and liked.
    There are the popular series, like Percy Jackson, Maximum Ride, etc. but it's nice to share other, lesser known (at least to us), books.
    (I haven't read any of the books I listed. I'm posting them based upon my children's opinions.)

    We look forward to getting ideas from others.

    My daughter really liked:
    The Bone Sparrow
    Shiva's Fire
    The Heritage Keeper

    My son really liked:
    Projekt 1065: A Novel of WWII
    Trapped Behind Nazi Lines: The Story of the US Army Force 807th Medical Evacuation Squadron


    Both kids really liked:
    Letters From Rifka
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    My 8th grade boy is on a war-novel kick. His two absolute favorite books this year have been The Dog Stars, and The Things They Carry. He also liked All Quiet on the Western Front and Fahrenheit 451. But among all that, he didn't like (or finish) Catch 22. Go figure. He's currently reading Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, another Vietnam War book. So if anyone's son or daughter gets on a war-novel kick, my son highly suggests it. At least so far.

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    DS just read I, Juan de Pareja, and A Long Walk to Water. He's currently loving White Fang.
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyme View Post
    My 8th grade boy is on a war-novel kick. His two absolute favorite books this year have been The Dog Stars, and The Things They Carry. He also liked All Quiet on the Western Front and Fahrenheit 451. But among all that, he didn't like (or finish) Catch 22. Go figure. He's currently reading Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, another Vietnam War book. So if anyone's son or daughter gets on a war-novel kick, my son highly suggests it. At least so far.
    I friend of my children mentioned today that he is reading Fahrenheit 451 and he really likes it. I think my son would like your son's suggestions. thx




    Quote Originally Posted by ejsmom View Post
    DS just read I, Juan de Pareja, and A Long Walk to Water. He's currently loving White Fang.
    A Long Walk to Water is on our 'want to read list'. I'm glad to hear your son liked it.
    I had to look up I, Juan de Pareja...it looks really interesting. thx
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    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Thanks for this thread. There hasn't been one in awhile and we could use some new ideas too.

    My dd has enjoyed:
    The Well of Sacrifice
    The Time Travelers series
    All the Light We Cannot See

    When my ds was in middle school he loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and the Eragon series.
    ​​~ DD-13 homeschooled
    ~ DS-17 formerly homeschooled, now attending private school

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindSong View Post
    Thanks for this thread. There hasn't been one in awhile and we could use some new ideas too.

    My dd has enjoyed:
    The Well of Sacrifice
    The Time Travelers series
    All the Light We Cannot See

    When my ds was in middle school he loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and the Eragon series.
    I think we looked at All the Light We Cannot See, but he didn't pick it up for some reason. Or I looked at it for myself. I'll pass along the title to him--thanks!

    My son also LOVES Hitchhiker's Guide. 42 is running reference in our house for just about everything. My mom got him a great t-shirt last year that lists uses for a towel.

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    My middle schoolers are still pretty solidly on middle grades novels (and not YA or adult books). Both of them tend to like realistic fiction, not sci-fi/fantasy.

    A few recent hits for Mushroom, who really likes meaty issue books...
    The Seventh Most Important Thing
    The War That Saved My Life
    The Honest Truth

    A few recent hits for BalletBoy, who tends to like light, humorous novels...
    Fuzzy
    Press Click to Start
    Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    They both still like things like Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Mushroom also likes reading nonfiction - he's currently reading Amelia Lost about Amelia Earhart. We read aloud a greater diversity of things too. A couple of recent read aloud hits were The Well of Sacrifice and Meet the Austins. I assign books for school - most recently (back in the spring) The Giver was a hit despite their general dislike of scifi.
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    (Farrar: a general dislike of scifi! poor YOU!)

    Kiddo has been on a set-in-brick-and-mortar-school jag lately, so Wonder and Eleanor and Park were both recent favorites. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Speak (ugh) and The Fault in Our Stars are recent examples. Maybe there's a broader theme in kids at risk? Because she still adores her apocalyptic fiction (it's reading; all reading is good reading unless it's got some weird message to it) like The Maze Runner/Hunger Games/Insurgent...I think she's read all of that (crap) by now.

    But I don't think she's an ageist in her tastes; she likes stories about "younger" kids so she's reading maybe the 3rd Mysterious Benedict Society book now. And I finally got her to read Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass). My cousin sent her a fantasy series that I can't remember right now...some girl hero story, has a black cat with violet eyes, anyone know what this could be? Oh: and ETA, she loved Miss Peregrine, so is reading the 2nd book now.

    We read White Fang last spring together so that got her on to Gary Paulsen (Hatchet etc.) this summer. I was thankful it was more kid-survival than kids-killing-kids!

    But...she has to read a lot for school, and most of the stuff for school is a higher quality of writing than what she chooses to read. Which is just fine. So far this year she's done Brown Girl Dreaming (which was tough because it was in verse), Tempest (which was hard because it was Shakespeare) and The Year of the Monkeys.

    And we're reading, together, Nicholas Nickleby. Maybe I can turn her into a Dickens fan...so far she sees the humor in it so I am halfway there
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    My daughter has been enjoying a lot of Erin Hunter books about animals. Warriors series about cats and Survivors series about dogs.
    Mom to 3, only homeschooling DD13.

    "The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." Alexandra K. Trenfor

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    And we're reading, together, Nicholas Nickleby. Maybe I can turn her into a Dickens fan...so far she sees the humor in it so I am halfway there
    I need to start reading aloud to my MSer again. For the last two years, he has gone to bed (much) later than his younger brother, and so misses out on read aloud time. The older classics are difficult for him because the pacing and language is different. It just takes some exposure to get use to it.

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