The second edition of our summer reads posts, focuses on middle school aged students. These books will challenge them while also keeping the themes and story structures simple and age appropriate.
Top 5 Summer Reads for Middle School Students
- Middle school is a great time to jump on the Harry Potter band wagon, and have your child become invested in a complex storyline with a variety of characters and themes. Imagination and creativity take center stage in this series, and readers can dive even deeper with the film series, online, and even at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park in Orlando.
- Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio chronicles a boy’s journey from home school to a traditional brick and mortar, as a child with a severe deformity. The message of acceptance and kindness in this book translates from children to adults as well, reminding us all to not judge a book by its cover.
- If you have a math whiz on your hands, the Norton Juster classic The Phantom Tollbooth is a great book to bridge the gap between math and reading. This book follows Milo, into different worlds of technology and numbers. Despite an original publication date of 1961, the book has had a bit of a resurgence with the popularity of STEM education.
- Looking for a way to boost your “cool-parent” points? Suggest Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence by Zedyana. While this might not have a traditional classroom education feel, parents can rest assured, that Zedyana (Zed – yan – ah) is a positive role model. Star of hit Disney Channel TV series “Shake It Up” and “Dancing with the Stars” runner up just graduated high school in the same class as Olympian Gabby Douglass from Oak Park Independent School in California. In the book, she gives young teens advice on topics from friends, to romance, as well as giving her fans a peak at her life as a Disney Channel super star.
- Loosely based on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins follows a Native American girl stranded on an island for 18 years. The book chronicles her survival skills, as well as a story of self-discovery after becoming separated from her family. This book is often used in classrooms and there is an abundance of resources for parents online who want to take the learning experience to the next level.
We would love for you to share your favorite summer reads with us.