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What would be some classic and new fiction titles to fill a middle schooler's personal library?

Asked by Carly (4555points) August 20th, 2014

I’m planning on building a personal library for my niece and nephew (twins), who will be entering 7th grade this year. My niece is usually up for anything, my nephew mostly likes “books for boys” as he calls it (more adventure and humor for his taste).

Any suggestions? Lists are always welcome. I’m looking to buy about 30–40 books and maybe more the next year.

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talljasperman's avatar

On Liberty by John Stewart Mill. All 7 harry potter books. The prince. A really good thesaurus and dictionary. An online encyclopedia other than Wikipedia. Some humor comics.

janbb's avatar

“The Dark is Rising” sequence by Susan Cooper
“The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton
“A Day No Pigs Would Die” by Robert Newton Peck
“Little Women” and “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott
“The Crystal Cave” by Mary Stewart
“My Brother Sam is Dead” by James Collier
“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
“Sounder” by William Armstrong
“The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnons Rawling
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
“Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll
“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie
“The Pigman” by Paul Zindel

marinelife's avatar

“A Wrinkle in Time” Madeline L’Engle.

FlyingWolf's avatar

Summerland by Michael Chabon
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
Bruiser (or almost anything) by Neal Shusterman
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
St. Iggy by KL Going
Going Bovine Libba Bray

Adagio's avatar

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

KNOWITALL's avatar

GULLIVERS travels, Enders Game series, The High Lonesome, Huckleberry Fin. I second Anne & Little House.

jaytkay's avatar

The Call of the Wild is a good ‘boy’s book’

zenzen's avatar

White Fang.

talljasperman's avatar

Your nephew might like the Dragon lance series and Forgotten realms series. Anything by R.A. Salvatore is good. Like Drizzt Do Urden:and Cadderly Bonaduce

filmfann's avatar

The Hunger Games is a remarkable series.

longgone's avatar

May I have you for an aunt? What a lovely thing to do!

“Inkheart”, a trilogy
A wonderful fantasy story about a 12-year-old girl who, with her dad, becomes entangled in a world of books. Basically, a love letter to reading – and gripping!

“Artemis Fowl”
Your nephew should like this one. Humour abound, and cool characters. The main character is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind, so… A boy’s book if ever I saw one. To fit the cliché, there are even guns involved – stun guns, though, nothing brutal.

“Molly Moon”
Quirky girl finds out she has hypnotic powers. Funny and gripping, though I did not like the last couple of the series.

“The Never-Ending Story”
Fantasy – a boy who gets turned into a hero. This is a book to curl up with, but probably not the right one for your nephew as there is not a lot of humour. If he likes fantasy, on the other hand…

Wonderful stories, really painting pictures. If they haven’t read these, I’d include them for sure.

“The Exiles”
Hilarious book about four sisters who are all more or less nuts, but mean well. You can’t help but love them. Laugh-out-loud books, lovely to cheer yourself up with.

“Journey to the River Sea”
A story set in 1910, about an orphaned girl who gets sent to Brazil. Full of adventure, and superbly written.

For your nephew, how about a couple of “The Three Investigators”? I loved these! And, to add the humour that is missing in those, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” – one of five very funny books about a 12-year-old boy and his uniquely crazy little brother.

flutherother's avatar

“Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones ( Hotter than Potter)

flip86's avatar

Hatchet. It is a good book for boys, but fine for girls as well. There are a few sequels to it. I remember enjoying the books.

The Sign of the Beaver. Good book set in the 1800’s.

Where the Red Fern Grows Great book.

Any of the Goosebumps or Fear Street books. Not really classics, but they are a fun read. I loved them as a kid.

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