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Favorite Books from Middle School

  • Jun 17, 2010
A book lover through and through, I enjoy compiling lists of a bookish nature. Here we have my top picks from middle school - all books I hold dear to my wee heart. This is what I've got after 2 moments of thought. Will add more as time and refueled brain cells allow.
The Outsiders (Novel)
one of my ultimate favorite books/movies/pop culture icons.
A Wrinkle in Time
This book is so strange and almost frightening and I could probably pick it up today and be just as mesmerized as the 11-year-old version of myself.
The Chronicles of Narnia
I want to live in Narnia. These books epitomize my childhood. C.S. Lewis! I love you!
The Giver
C'mon - what 7th grader didn't love this book!?
My 6th grade teacher had the BEST reading voice in the known universe (really) and when she read parts of this book outloud to us it was like heaven. Except when she got to the ending and I pretty nearly bawled my eyes out in class.
tuck everlasting
Fantasy, romance, lovely, lovely, lovely!
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - why did you only write one novel?! It's just as well, though - this book rocks in a major way. For middle-schoolers and beyond.
The Hobbit- First Edition
Tolkien = pure genius. I remember reading this book at home when the power went out for like 3 days. The prospect of a future film version makes me a little uneasy. But you know. It might just be ok.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
This has long been a fantasy of mine - hiding out in a museum after-hours. I have memories of that teacher with the best voice reading this one to our class as well. She liked reading out loud, I suppose. Her children are lucky.
No Promises in the Wind
Again, the subject of "running away" - something all kids want to do, at some point.

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July 08, 2010
Good picks!
June 24, 2010
Wow, I didn't read most of these till high school :P Love the theme of this list. Thanks for sharing!
June 23, 2010
I love the Giver to this day! I think I read that when I was in high school, but I could easily have read it years earlier. And of course I've read the Chronicle of Narnia a billion times. Great list. Many of these are also on my list of favorites.
June 22, 2010
I LOVED From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I still re-read it to this day because it's just so good. The Outsiders, The Giver, and Tuck Everlastng would be on my list too! I would add maybe A Seperate Peace by John Knowles and Of Mice and Men and The Pearl, both by John Steinbeck. I also read Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story in 7th grade and enjoyed them!
June 23, 2010
Oh, yes - Steinbeck and Shakespeare! I read all of those in high school, but they are definitely more than worthy books for this list!
June 22, 2010
Some middle schools are more ambitious than others I guess. I read and loved many of these much later. I would still read The Giver any day of the week and I'm way over 30 lol. Great selections, thanks for the list!
June 17, 2010
Nice list of some timeless children's/young adult's classics! Thanks for sharing it with the community!
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I like beer, the shape of teapots, and kitschy diners. I tend to overuse commas. Piles of books can send my into a frenzy like nothing else.
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