40 Tween & Middle Schoolers’ All-Time Favorite Book List

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Great List! 40 kids ages 11-14 share their All Time Favorite Book! Great insight to what books really resonate with kids.  #booklist #middleschoolMy 12 year old daughter loves to read! I am constantly asking other parents for book recommendations but I really prefer to hear what a child enjoys reading.

So when I found myself chaperoning a 6th grade retreat, I used it as an opportunity to ask each child this question:

What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?

There were several repeats.

The reading difficulty varied.

But every book had one thing in common. It was someone’s favorite.

Love this list because it was created by kids! What would you add? |the House of Hendrix #booklist #middleschool #tween

I compiled their answers into this list.

40 Middle Schoolers all-time favorite books:

(I have not read each of these, so I am including an affiliate link to Amazon so you can read a description)

The GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry





Great list!The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien





Series of Unfortunate EventsSeries of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket





Margaret Peterson haddixThe Hidden Series, The Found Series, and the Double Identity Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix





Lois LowryNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry





Bsaher Five-TwoBasher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot by Captain Scott O’Grady





Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery





91o13sPo7VLThe Divergent series





CS LEWISThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis





the Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak





WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio





Heaven is for realHeaven is for Real by Todd Burpo





HolesHoles by Louis Sachar





The Dragon Slippers SeriesThe Dragon Slippers Series by Jessica Day George





Tween Choice BooksThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart





The Ascendents TriologyThe Ascendence Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen





Charriots of FireEric Liddell: Something Greater than Gold by Janet Benge and Geoff Benge





11 Birthdays Series11 Birthday Series by Wendy Mass





Percy JacksonPercy Jackson Series by  Rick Riordan





Great list!The Tale of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler





Code OrangeCode Orange by Caroline Cooney





Out of My MindOut of my Mind by Sharon Draper





Canterwood Crest SeriesThe Canterwood Crest Series by Jessica Burkhart





Tween Book ListHoot By Carl Haissen





Davy CrockettDavy Crocket: His Own Story by David Crockett





The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom





The Book of ElsewheresThe Book of Elsewheres by Jacqueline West





 Pride and PrejudicePride And Prejudice by Jane Austen





Summer of MonkeysSummer of Monkey  by Wilson Rawls





Soul SurferSoul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton





Little WomenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott





ChompChomp by Carl Heissen





Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild by Jack London





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20 thoughts on “40 Tween & Middle Schoolers’ All-Time Favorite Book List

  1. Great question. There are several books I’d like to read, plus I have a 5th and 7th grader, so yeah, I love this list!

  2. Thanks for sharing this great list with your readers! There are quite a few books here that I know my son will enjoy a lot. My youngest son was having difficulties adjusting to certain social aspects of his young life. As someone who works full time, we are unable to take care of a pet. I was recommended a book, that I would also like to share with you called “Watson’s Way” by author Joel Lund (http://bit.ly/WatsonsWay). My son and I read this book together every night for a couple weeks and it really changed his outlook. The author uses his family dog to teach life lessons such as how to be a more patient person, and how to better get a long with others. There is something so pure about learning these things from an innocent animal and my son really seemed to enjoy it. We laughed at times and even cried, but overall I feel we both came out of the experience as better people. There is even a place in the book for kids to write in a journal if they want to! I highly recommend it 🙂

  3. I have read at least half of these and they are very good, I would especially recommend the Chronicles of Narnia, Dragon Slippers series, and the Mysterious Benedict Society series. For anyone who enjoyed the Mysterious Benedict Society I would recommend Drift House by Dale Peck.

  4. Thanks for this list. I am moving from elementary to secondary and want to begin compiling an appropriate classroom library. Since most of my students will be 9th graders who still struggle with reading, a middle school list is just perfect. I was glad to see that I already own quite a few books from the list, so I won’t have to purchase as many. Thanks, again.

    • Thanks so much. I find recommendations from the kids actually reading the books are the most compelling. Thank you for contributing. If you have any others you think of, id love for you to list them. Thanks again. Happy reading.

  5. Hello! I am 12 years old. I read your list of recommendations and find it great! I’ve read a few of these books and they are wonderful. My favorite book that is not on this list would have to be “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli. Thank you for posting this resource.

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