Books for Girls in Middle School
Recommended Books for Girls in Middle School
Alanna: The First Adventure(Song of the Lioness Quartet) by Tamora Pierce, Y Fiction Pierce, Y Books on CD Pierce, Y Books on Tape Pierce (Grade 5-8) Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Confesions of Georgia Nicholson) by Louise Rennison, Y Fiction Rennison (Grade 7-9) Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary Jacky Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack series) by L.A. Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer, Y Books on CD Meyer (Grade 6-8) Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, Y Fiction Hale (Grade 5-9) Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin, Y Fiction Rabin
In 1916, teenaged hemophiliac and heir to the Russian throne, Alexei Romanov, escapes into the future to elude the murderous Rasputin, and meets his modern-day cousin, fifteen-year-old Varda, who is working on a cure for hemophilia and who wants to help change history by saving his family.
Dealing With Dragons(Enchanted Forest Chronicles)by Patricia C. Wrede, Y Fiction Wrede (Middle School) Bored with traditional palace life, Princess Cimorene travels to the Mountains of Morning where she is befriended by a group of powerful dragons and joins in their struggle to protect their kingdom from being taken over by disreputable wizards.
Demon Diary by story by Lee Chi Hyong, Y Graphic Hyong (Age 13 and up) Gods and demons wage a never-ending battle with the mortal realm of Earth as their battlefield. As with most long-standing feuds, the reasons are no longer important--hatred is a way of life. But it is foretold that one will arise who can restore harmony between gods and demons. Enter Raenef, heir to demon royalty. But he is hardly regal material. Therefore, the demon king assigns Eclipse to be his tutor and to mold Raenef into proper demon shape. The two begin a journey of discovery, and are soon joined by a human knight and a god-blessed priest.
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Y Fiction Abdel-Fattah (Grade 7 and up) Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande, Y Fiction Brande (Grade 7 and up) Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include "Intelligent Design" in lessons on evolution.
The Exchange by Graham Joyce, Y Fiction Joyce (Age 12 and up) Cursed by the elderly recluse whose home she and a f+riend were creeping through late one night, fourteen-year-old Caz soon finds her life disintegrating and realizes she must find a way of lifting the curse--or at least understanding its power.
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Matali Perkins, Y Fiction Perkins (Grade 7-9) During her father's presidential campaign, sixteen-year-old Sameera Righton, who was adopted from Pakistan at the age of three, struggles with campaign staffers who want to give her a more "all-American" image and create a fake weblog in her name.
Gakuen Alice by Tachibana Higuchi, Y Graphic Higuchi (13 and up) Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo following her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru's side, she has to both pass the strange "entrance exam" and face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it's Hotaru's gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume's fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi's control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she's going to stay in school, or even stay alive!
Good Enough by Paula Yoo, Y Fiction Yoo (Grade 7 and up) A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions.
Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn, Y Fiction Hearn (Grade 7 and up) In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs, Y Fiction Childs (Grade 7 and up) When her mother suddenly decides to marry a near-stranger, Phoebe, whose passion is running, soon finds herself living on a remote Greek island, completing her senior year at an ancient high school where the students and teachers are all descended from gods or goddesses.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Y Fiction Brashares, Y Books on CD Brashares (Grade 8 and up) During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Y Fiction Asher, Y Books on CD Asher (Grade 7 and up) When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks, Y Fiction Fredericks (Grade 7 - 9) When Jess and Sari, best friends since seventh grade, begin their freshman year of high school and Sari becomes obsessed with a senior boy, Jess wonders if their friendship will survive.
Tsubasa by CLAMP, Y Graphic CLAMP(age 13+) (Please note that Tsubasa and XXXholic cross over and are meant to be read together as two halves of the same story)
SAKURA AND SYAORAN RETURN! But they're not the people you know. Sakura is the princess of Clow—and possessor of a mysterious, misunderstood power that promises to change the world. Syaoran is her childhood friend and leader of the archaeological dig that took his father's life. They reside in an alternate reality . . . where whatever you least expect can happen—and does. When Sakura ventures to the dig site to declare her love for Syaoran, a puzzling symbol is uncovered—which triggers a remarkable quest. Now Syaoran embarks upon a desperate journey through other worlds—all in the name of saving Sakura.
Uglies (Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld, Y Fiction Westerfeld, Y Books on CD Westerfeld (Grade 7-10) In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice.
xxxHolic by CLAMP, Y Graphic Clamp (age 13+) (Please note that Tsubasa and XXXholic cross over and are meant to be read together as two halves of the same story) Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters the mysterious Space-Time Witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he's just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he's employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience! Most of Yuuko's customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow.
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, Y Fiction Friedman (Grade 6 and up) When fourteen-year-old Katie and her older sister, Michaela, move from New York City to upstate New York, Katie is horrified by the country life-style but is even more shocked when her sister adapts effortlessly, enjoying their new life, unlike Katie.
Zombie Blondes by Brian James, Y Fiction James (Grade 7 and up) Each time fifteen-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.
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