Olivia Han

Book Recommendation List


More and more students wonder, which books should I read? Are they all going to be interesting? For this article, I interviewed at least one student from each middle school grade, and gathered the most popular books in the middle school. From all their information, I noticed that almost everybody in the grade loves reading, especially now since there is an added independent reading time for English.  I am writing this article because reading is a really important part of your life, and it is nice to have some book recommendations for your age groups! Hopefully you can find some interesting books you’ll like to read!

Personally, my favorite author out of all of these book recommendations is Cassandra Clare. Some of you might know her, and if you are a fan of fantasies, you should totally check out some of her books! She is an amazing author and her books are addictive - so much so  that you can’t stop reading. One thing that she’s stated that inspires me is, “At some point I was approached by a publisher who was interested in the book, but they wanted me to “age up the characters” and make them adults. I toyed with the idea for a while, but I knew it wouldn’t work. I wanted to tell a story about characters at that crucial life stage just between adolescence and adulthood, where your choices determine the kind of person you’re going to be rather than reflecting who you already are.” I thought a while after reading this quote. She is making a great point of why she likes writing teen novels better than for adults, because Clare wants to make every single book of hers be about the connection of adolescence and adulthood, so that you understand that your choices now determine who you really are, or who you will grow up to be.  I would like to say to the people who do not personally like fantasies, that if you don’t like fantasies, still give them a try! When I was younger, I wasn’t really a fan of classics (Catcher in the Ryle, Lord of the Rings, etc.), but I am now,  because I gave them a try during summer, and it really made a great change in me. That’s also why I am writing these recommendations. To encourage others to try every different and single type of book most teenagers like, and not only read a new book, but see a new part of yourself.


  • Veronica Roth: Divergent, Carve the Mark

  • E. Lockhart: We Were Liars, Genuine Fraud

  • Holly Black: The Folk of the Air

  1. Fantasy

“I think some people are turned off by fantasy because it is all dragons and fighting, but it is not all about that. It’s really real life situations with more actions.”-Mya Cahana, a student in 7th grade

  • The Mortal Instruments-Cassandra Clare

  • The Infernal Devices-Cassandra Clare

  • Akata Witch-Nnedi Okorafor

  • The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J. Maas

  • Matched-Ally Condie

  • The Siren-Kiera Cass

  • The Selection-Kiera Cass

  • The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye

  • Beautiful Creatures-Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  • Caraval-Stephanie Garber

  • The Chaos of Stars-Kiersten White

  • Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard

  • Ruined-Amy Tintera

  • The Folk of the Air-Holly Black

2. Science Fiction/Dystopia

“Dystopian novels help people process their fears about what the future might look like; further, they usually show that there is always hope, even in the bleakest future.”-Lauren Oliver, the author of Panic, The Delirium Trilogy and Before I fall.

  • Divergent-Veronica Roth

  • A Wrinkle in Time-Madeleine L’Engle

  • Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi

  • City of Ember-Jeanne DuPrau

  • Uglies- Scott Westerfeld

  • Scythe-Neal Shusterman

  • The Lunar Chronicles-Marissa Meyer

  • Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

  • Delirium - Lauren Oliver

3. Realistic Fiction

“The thing about realistic fiction, no matter what the book is, you can always relate to it, it’s more than just a book, it’s you taking part in a story. When you read realistic fiction, you are a character in the book, you are part of the book.”-Isabel Leight, a student in 6th grade

  • The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas

  • The Sun is Also a Star-Nicola Yoon

  • Jenny Han (Author)

  • Everything Everything-Nicola Yoon

  • Are you there god, it’s me Margaret-Judy Blume

  • Stargirl-Jerry Spinelli

  • The Thing about Jellyfish-Ali Benjamin

  • All Fall Down-Ally Carter

  • Lying out loud-Kody Keplinger

  • Have Lost My Way -Gayle Forman

  • The Night Diary- Veera Hiranandani

  • Amal Unbound-Aisha Saeed

  • The Key to Everything-Pat Schmatz

  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters-Samira Ahmed

  • Allegedly-Tiffany Jackson

  • Disappearance of Sloan Sullivan-Gia Cribbs

4. Graphic Novels

“When you hold a graphic novel in your hands, you’re holding artist blood made ink.” -Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood.

  • Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father-Jonathan Hennessey & Justin Greenwood

  • Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and Crybabies-Shannon Hale.

  • Rendez-vous in Phoenix-Tony Sandoval

  • All’s Faire in Middle School-Victoria Jamieson.

  • Pashmina-Nidhi Chanani Illus

  • Spill Zone-Scott Westerfeld.

  • The Backstager-James Tynion IV

  • Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins-Jeff Lemire

  • Jonesy-Sam Humphries

  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation-Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler

Books! Books! Books!

Books! Books! Books!