Fitting In, Sticking Out, and Finding Yourself: 16 Books for Middle Schoolers

16 books for middle schoolers

You said that you didn’t even know why they had middle school, that there ought to be some government program where, as soon as kids graduated elementary school, they got scooped up and sent to a lab where scientists could put them in a deep freeze until they were old enough for high school. For their own sake.” –Trent from Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff quoting his mom two days before he starts sixth grade.

If this sentiment resonates with your middle schooler, here are 16 books — ranging from funny to sad to dramatic — that accurately portray the ups and downs of middle school life, and how to survive it.

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