Historical Fiction K-12 Book Lists. When I started teaching fifth grade U.S. History, one of my goals was to have the kids read historical fiction about the time period we were studying. And so 13 years later, I’m still adding to my list (included some non-fiction works) and have expanded it to World and Ancient History since I taught those as well. Now that I have a new platform here, I decided I’d give others the opportunity to see them. They are in no way complete, please let me know if you know of a book that I missed. Some of the books may be out of print (I did start this a long time ago).
But, I think for those who are teaching and homeschooling, these will prove to be helpful. When I started, my school was doing the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. So next to many books you’ll see two numbers. I also have divided them up into different interest levels, according to AR. There are four interest levels: Lower Grades: K-3 Middle Grades: 4-8 Middle Grades Plus: 6 and up Upper Grades: 9-12 P.S. P.P.S. P.P.P.S. U.S. 14 Top Picks for Middle-Schoolers | Scholastic | Parents. Best Middle School Books, As Chosen by Teachers. 9. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry Jonas lives in a society in which the government controls everything: childbearing, careers, marriages.
His utopia has sacrificed emotions and uniqueness in favor of a safe and predictable life. When Jonas learns that life could be different, he can never turn back to the life he’s always known. 10. Ponyboy and his brothers, Darry and Sodapop have a tough life. 11. On a trip to visit her mother’s grave, Sal learns about herself and her family. 12. Is eternal life really that wonderful? 13. Bud Caldwell, is a 10 year old orphan who has grown up in Flint, Michigan. 14. Basketball-loving twins Josh and Jordan find their way through isolation and conflict in this novel in verse by master poet, Kwame Alexander. 15. Melinda Sordino can’t tell anybody why she called the police to break up a party the summer before ninth grade. 16. 17. Parvana is eleven when the Taliban comes to power in Afghanistan. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Luke Garner’s existence is illegal. Books for Middle-Schoolers Who Struggle With Reading | 9 Books for Reluctant Readers.
It can be hard to motivate middle-schoolers with reading issues to pick up a book. One way to engage them is to find books with themes they can relate to at a time when they’re trying to figure out who they are. Here are nine great titles to explore with your reluctant middle school reader. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick The lavish, enthralling illustrations in this book draw readers in right away. “Hoot,” by Carl Hiaasen There’s nothing like rooting for the underdog to get a kid pulled into a story, and Hoot’s main character gets hit from all sides. “The Underland Chronicles,” by Suzanne Collins Before Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games trilogy, she wrote The Underland Chronicles. “Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Book One,” by Jon Scieszka Jon Scieszka is the author of several great books and series for boys.
“Wonder,” by R.J. Six different narrators tell the story of Auggie, a boy who was born with facial deformities. “The Breadwinner,” by Deborah Ellis. The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2019. This is the fourth year that my students have gathered what they deem the very best books that they read this year and shared their recommendations with the world. As always we have favorites that seem to pop up every year, but this year we also had a lot of new titles join the mix.
As always, I loved seeing what made the cut because I simply could not do the work I do without the help of these incredible books. Some of these are fine for all 7th graders, some are more mature, I am including them all so that you can make your own decision. All parents are informed of the range of books that are present in our classroom library so that students can choose something that speaks to them. Not all of these books are in my library but are books that the students have found and read independently. It was interesting to see just how many of these books I myself had read and book-talked, as well as how many have been favorites two or more years in a row. Other things I noticed were: A cannon. Mr. Bestselling Middle School Books. Historical fiction for teens.