BHS Junior High Reading List


The Backward Bird Dog, Bill Wallace
Born Too Short: Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case, Dan Elish
Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech
Chomp, Carl Hiaasen
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Dylan Sheldon
Crazy Lady, Jane Conly
Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
Deep Zone: A Football Genius Novel, Tim Green
Eggs, Jerry Spinelli
Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis’s Year in Stuff, Jennifer Holm
Gypsy Rizka, Lloyd Alexander
Hush, Jacqueline Woodson
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This, Jacqueline Woodson
Jumping the Nail, Eve Bunting
Let the Circle Be Unbroken, Mildred Taylor
Maizon at Blue Hill, Jacqueline Woodson
Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff, Jennifer L. Holm
Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine
My Daniel, Pam Conrad
My Perfect Life, Dyan Sheldon
My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
Phantom, Susan Kay
Poison Ivy, Amy Goldman Koss
One Fat Summer, Robert Lipsyte
Our House: The Stories of Levittown, Pam Conrad
Running Out of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Shaban: Daughter of the Wind, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shadow Spinner, Susan Fletcher
Shiva’s Fire, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, David Lubar
So Yesterday, Scott Westerfeld
Stormy Night, Michele Lemieux
Tangerine, Edward Bloor
A Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti, Frances Temple
The Girls, Amy Koss
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
Travel Team, Mike Lupica
The Ungifted, Gordon Korman
Waiting for Normal, Leslie Connor
Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher
Wonder, R.J. Palacio
Wonderstruck: a Novel in Words and Pictures, Brian Selznick
Would You, Marthe Jocelyn


The Arkadians, Lloyd Alexander
Cardboard, Doug TenNapel
Chronicles of Vladmir Todd, Heather Brewer
Freakling, Lana Krumwiede
Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
Heartlight, T.A. Barron
Inheritance series, Christopher Paolini
Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
King of Shadows, Susan Cooper
The Maze Runner series, James Dasher
Once Upon a Marigold, Jean Ferris
Pendragon, D. J. McHale
Redwall series, Brian Jacques
Sweet Venom series, Tera Lynn Childs
Terrier, Tamora Pierce
The Lightning Thief series, Rick Riordan
The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke
The Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins
The Wake Trilogy, Lisa McMann
The Will of the Empress, Tamora Pierce
The Young Wizard Series, Diane Duane
Witch and Wizard Series, James Patterson


Al Capone Does My Shirts, Gennifer Choldendo (1930’s U.S.)
Anna of Byzantium, Tracy Barrett (Byzantine Empire)
April Morning, Howard Fast (American Revolution)
Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez (1960’s Dominican Republic)
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II, Joseph Bruchac
The Diviners, Libba Bray (1920’s New York City)
An Elephant in the Garden, Michael Morpurgo (World War II)
Jake’s Orphan, Peggy Brooke (1920’s Midwest U.S.)
Jip: His Story, Katherine Patterson (19th century Vermont)
Kira-Kira, Cynthia Kadohata (1950-1960 Southern U.S.)
Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse (1930’s Midwest U.S. Prairie Songs, Pam Conrad (U.S. Westward Expansion)
Soldier’s Heart, Gary Paulsen (U.S. Civil War)
The Stowaway, Karen Hesse and Robert Andrew Parker (18th century exploration)


The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, illustrated by Chris van Allsburg
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, Gail Giles
Down a Dark Hall, Lois Duncan
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery, Peter Abrahams
Double Helix, Sharon Werlin
The Hardy Boys series, Franklin Dixon
I Know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan
The Keeping Room, Betty Levin
Killing Mr. Griffin, Lois Duncan
Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
Skellig, David Almond
Stranger with My Face, Lois Duncan


Being Friends with Boys, Terra Elan McVoy
Crush, Gary Paulsen
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Firegirl, Tony Abbott
Harper & Moon, Ramon Royal Ross
Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception, Gary Paulsen
Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses, Cathy Hopkins
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares


Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
Books of Ember series, Jeanne DuPrau
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, Nancy Farmer
The Eleventh Plague, Jeff Hirsch
Escape from Furnace series, Alexander Gordon Smith
The Girl Who Owned a City, O.T. Nelson
The Last Universe, William Sleator
Maximum Ride series, James Patterson
The Moon Moth, Jack Vance
Parasite Pig, William Sleator
Phoenix Rising, Karen Hesse
The Roar, Emma Clayton
Shadow Children series (Among the…), Margaret Peterson Haddix
Star Wars series, Sean Williams and Shane Dix (or Welles Hartley)
Star Wars: Last of the Jedi series, Jude Watson
The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer
The Whisper, Emma Clayton


The Adventures of Robin Hood, [retold by] Roger Lancelyn Green
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Clemens)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Dodgson)
Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen; translated by S. E. V. Lucas and H. B. Paull
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
Call of the Wild, Jack London
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo’s Boys, Louisa May Alcott
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving
Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss


Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers, Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack
Blizzard!: The Storm that Changed America, Jim Murphy
Blizzard of Glass: the Halifax Explosion of 1917, Sally M. Walker
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Caroline Alexander
Famous Forensic Cases, John Townsend
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won, Stephen E. Ambrose
The Great Fire, Jim Murphy
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, Steve Sheinkin
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party, Marion Calabro
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City, Wilborn Hampton
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, Andrea Warren
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting, Jim Murphy
What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People, Pearl Fuyo Gaskins


But I’ll Be Back Again, Cynthia Rylant
Going Solo, Roald Dahl
Guts, Gary Paulsen
Drawing from Memory, Allen Say
Hidden Child, Isaac Millman
I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond, Michael Oher
Knots in My Yo-Yo String, Jerry Spinelli
Little White duck: A Childhood in China, Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martinez
Looking Back, Lois Lowry
My Own Two Feet, Beverly Cleary
No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, Anita Lobel
On Fire, Larry Brown
Throwing Strikes: My Quest for Truth and the Perfect Knuckleball, R.A. Dickey
Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder, Tony Hawk


Charles Lindbergh: A Human Hero, James Cross Giblin
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter, Mah Adeline Yen Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, Sid Fleischman
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Russell Freedman
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Russell Freedman
George Washington, Spymaster, Thomas B. Allen
The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life …, Candace Fleming
Lafayette and the American Revolution, Russell Freedman
The Life and Death of Crazy Horse, Russell Freedman
Restless Spirit: The Life and Works of Dorothea Lange, Elizabeth Partridge
Riding Freedom, Pam Muñoz Ryan
Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson, Sherry O’Keefe
Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers, Albert Marrin