Middle School Summer Reading Recommendations from EPL and D65

Book List , Teen

I am Princess X

Title: I am Princess X
By: Cherie Priest
Published: 2015

Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.

Also available as Playaway, eAudiobook, eBook.


Title: Fallout
By: Todd Strasser
Published: 2015

When an unthinkable nuclear attack occurs in an alternate-reality 1962, Scott is forced into his father's bomb shelter with his family and neighbors, where they rapidly consume limited supplies and fear the worst about the fate of the world outside.

Also available as Playaway and on CD


Title: Reader
By: Traci Chee
Published: 2016

Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered

Also available on CD

Nine, Ten

Title: Nine, Ten
By: Nora Raleigh Baskin
Published: 2016

Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

Also available on Overdrive (eBook)


Title: Ugly
By: Robert Hoge
Published: 2016

Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered.

Also available on CD

The Hired Girl

Title: The Hired Girl
By: Laura Amy Schlitz
Published: 2015

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Also available on Playway and eBook

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Title: Lincoln's Grave Robbers
By: Steve Sheinkin
Published: 2012

Describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledgling Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.

Also available on CD and eAudiobook

Highly Illogical Behavior

Title: Highly Illogical Behavior
By: John Corey Whaley
Published: 2016

Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

Also available on CD, eAudiobook, and eBook

Everything, Everything

Title: Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon
Published: 2017

The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known.

Also available on CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Gotham Academy vol. 1

Title: Gotham Academy vol. 1
By: Becky Cloonan
Published: 2015

Gotham City's most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It's got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by...like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what's up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what's the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?! GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old, plus a secret tie to Gotham's past

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
By: Jenny Han
Published: 2009

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

Also available as eBook

Bubonic Panic

Title: Bubonic Panic
By: Gail Jarrow
Published: 2016

Tracks the spread of plague before it reached America's shores. She spotlights the public health doctors who struggled to end the first plague epidemic in the United States; the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden; and the courageous scientists who, by uncovering the disease's secrets, found a way to fight it.

Also available as eBook

Wild Boy

Title: Wild Boy
By: Rob Lloyd Jones
Published: 2013

Turned into a sideshow freak, Wild Boy, an abandoned child covered with hair, develops deductive skills while being dragged throughout the underworld of Victorian London before he is wrongly accused of murder.

Also available on CD


Title: Scythe
By: Neal Shusterman
Published: 2016

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

Also available as eBook

Hidden Figures

Title: Hidden Figures
By: Margot Lee Shetterly
Published: 2016

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes.

Also available on CD.

All American Boys

Title: All American Boys
By: Jason Reynolds
Published: 2015

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Also available as eBook and eAudiobook

We Will Not Be Silent

Title: We Will Not Be Silent
By: Russell Freedman
Published: 2016

Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.

Also available as eBook.


Title: Ghost
By: Jason Reynolds
Published: 2016

Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.

Also available on CD, eBook, and eAudiobook.

Jane, the Fox, and Me

Title: Jane, the Fox, and Me
By: Fanny Britt
Published: 2013

Hélène is an outcast in her grade. Her only consolation is reading Jane Eyre. Even seeing a lovely fox doesn't make her feel better, but maybe a new friendship will.

Irena's Children

Title: Irena's Children
By: Tilar Mazzeo
Published: 2016

An account of Irena Sendler, who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

Chains: Seeds of America Trilogy

Title: Chains: Seeds of America Trilogy
By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Published: 2008

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Also available on CD, Playaway, and eBook.

Lowriders in Space

Title: Lowriders in Space
By: Cathy Camper
Published: 2014

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

Also available as eBook

Rhythm Ride

Title: Rhythm Ride
By: Andrea Davis Pikney
Published: 2015

A narrative history of the Motown music label covering the historical context, personalities, and ongoing legacy of the 'sound of young America


Title: Watched
By: Marina Budhos
Published: 2016

Far from the "model teen, " Naeem moves fast to outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents, their gossipy neighbors, and the other forms of surveillance in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens, but when his mistakes catch up with him and the police offer a dark deal, will Naeem be a hero or a traitor?

Also available on CD

The Young Elites

Title: The Young Elites
By: Marie Lu
Published: 2014

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family's good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever's survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars -- they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it's Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they've never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn't belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Also available on CD, Playaway, eBook, and eAudiobook

Akata Witch

Title: Akata Witch
By: Nnedi Okorafo
Published: 2011

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.


Title: Lumberjanes
By: Noelle Stevenson
Published: 2015-2017

Friendship to the max! At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

If I Ever Get Out of Here

Title: If I Ever Get Out of Here
By: Eric Gansworth
Published: 2013

Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

Also available on CD.

The Sun is Also a Star

Title: The Sun is Also a Star
By: Nicola Yoon
Published: 2016

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Available as eAudiobook, eBook, and Playaway

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