dear roach, as someone whose opinions on literature i value very much, i’d be interested in hearing about your favorite books from around middle school. i’m a middle school english teacher in training, and i’m in the process of cultivating my classroom library. any and all suggestions are welcome! thank you :)
Okay. Hmm. First off, I don’t really read literature, and never have. I am terrible with literature. If it doesn’t have spaceships, dragons, aliens, time travel, or a half-decent apocalypse I get bored really fast. On the other hand, ‘literature’ is a bizarre and artificial construct and who doesn’t like a good story with dragons in? This is going to be a long list, even though I’ve only included books I’m pretty sure are middle-school-ish level. I’m not entirely sure how appropriate a level any of these books are going to be for all of your middleschoolers! Especially the non-nerds. But I think they really couldn’t hurt for any of your middleschoolers to have a go at, and I think there’s a range of reading levels here, and I read these all repeatedly from ages 9-15, so that should be enough range. Also tried to warn for objectionable content.