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Northwestern Middle School Teachers & Students Assist in selecting books for Advanced Readers!

With the advances in the publishing world, this is an exciting time to be a middle grades educator and reading promoter. In recent years, progress has been made with the publication of high quality literature appropriate for advanced middle grades readers. Through this literature, the unique intellectual, emotional and literary needs of middle grades readers reading above grade level are met. Through the Books for Advanced Middle Grades Readers project, a committee consisting of middle grades educators and students committed to find a way to meet the important needs of this group of students who have been historically overlooked by publishers and educators alike. Traditionally, it was assumed these students could manage on their own, but that is not a fair or equal assumption. Advanced readers need as much personalized time and attention selecting appropriate reading materials as do struggling readers.

To that end, a committee of library media specialists, in cooperation with classroom teachers and advanced readers in grades 6-8 throughout Indiana collaborated to develop a list of recommended books for advanced readers in the middle school. Begun in 2005, the committee’s work is ongoing, and the list is continually changing and evolving as the publishing world and advanced readers continue to change.

It is the committee’s goal to provide intellectually stimulating and high reading level books that have been reviewed and recommended by students, educators, and committee members. Books were selected for review based on Lexile, a published reading level, and/or the intellectually stimulating nature of the reading, which taps the imagination, both intellectually and in an entertaining fashion.

The committee strongly recommends that when selecting a book for yourself, your students, or your child, please keep in mind that children mature at different rates. Not every book is appropriate for every child at every age. When choosing a book, always rely on your wisdom and good judgment. Continue to encourage students and parents to read together as a family and enjoy lively discussions about they are reading.

Advanced Readers Reading Lists

Classics
Author Tilte
Adam Hitchhiker's Guide SERIES
Alexie Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Alphin Ghost Soldier
Anderson Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Anderson Chains
Anderson Pox Party
Anderson Speak
Anderson Wintergirls
Avi True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Bartoletti Boy Who Dared
Bass Sign of the Qin SERIES
Bauer Am I Blue? Coming out of the Silence
Bauer Rules of the Road
Beddor Looking Glass Wars SERIES
Bell Nick of Time
Bissinger Friday Night Lights
Bodeen Compound
Bray Going Bovine
Brian Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys
Brown DaVinci Code
Bryson Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Buckley-Archer Gideon SERIES
Carvell Sweetgrass Basket
Chabon Summerland
Clancy Hunt for Red October
Clements Things Not Seen SERIES
Collins Hunger Games SERIES
Connor Miss Birdie Chose a Shovel
Cormier Chocolate War
Crutcher Athletic Shorts: six short stories
Curry Black Canary
Curtis Bucking the Sarge
Curtis Elijah of Buxton
Curtis Watsons Go to Birmingham
Cushman Catherine, called Birdy
Cushman Midwife's Apprentice
Delaney Last Apprentice SERIES
Denenberg Pandora of Athens: 399 BC
Dhami Bindi Babes
Dickinson Ropemaker
Draper Fire From the Rock
Draper Just Another Hero
Elliott Give Me Liberty
Ellis Breadwinner
Ende Neverending Story
Farmer House of Scorpion
Farmer Land of the Silver Apples, The
Feinstein Cover-Up
Flamel Secrets of the Immortal SERIES
Fleischman Bull Run
Fletcher Shadow Spinner
Follett Pillars of the Earth
Frost Braid, The
Frost Crossing Stones
Frost Keesha's House
Funke Inkheart SERIES
Gantos Joey Pigza SERIES
Gilmore Exchange Student
Gordon Deeper SERIES
Gottleib Stick Figure: a Diary of My Former Self
Green An Abundance of Katherines
Grimes Jazmin's Notebook
Gruber Witch's Boy
Haddon Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
Hannigan Ida B
Hardinge Fly by Night
Hesse Out of the Dust
Hoffman Indigo SERIES
Hoffman Water Tales SERIES
Horvath Vacation
Hosseini Kite Runner
Houston New Boy
Contemporary
AuthorTitle
AlcottEight Cousins
alcottLittle Women SERIES
AustenPride and Prejudice
AustenSense and Sensibility
BarrettLilies of the Field
BaumWizard of Oz SERIES
BuckGood Earth
ChristieThen There Were None
CooperLast of the Mohicans
CravenI Heard the Owl Call My Name
DefoeRobinson Crusoe
DickensChristmas Carol
DickensDavid Copperfield
DickensGreat Expectations
DickensHard Times
DickensOliver Twist
DickensTale of Two Cities
DoyleAdventures of Sherlock Holmes SERIES
FitzgeraldCurious Case of Benjamin Button
FitzgeraldGreat Gatsby
ForbesJohnny Tremain
FrankAlas, Babylon
FrankDiary of Anne Frank
GainesLesson Before Dying
GoldingLord of the Flies
HawthorneScarlet Letter
HerbertDune
HintonOutsiders
HughesRaisin in the Sun
HugoHunchback of Notre Dame
HuntLottery Rose
HuntUp a Road Slowly
HuxleyBrave New World
IrvingLegend of Sleepy Hollow
KiplingCaptains Courageous
KiplingJungle Book
KnowlesSeparate Peace
LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
LeGuinEarthsea SERIES
LewisScrewtape Letters
LondonCall of the Wild
LondonWhite Fang
MillerCrucible
MillerDeath of a Salesman
MitchellGone with the Wind
MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables SERIES
O'DellIsland of the Blue Dolphins
O'NeillLong Day's Journey into Night
OrczyScarlet Pimpernel
Orwell1984
OrwellAnimal Farm
PoePit and the Pendulum
PoeTell-tale Heart
SewellBlack Beauty
ShakespeareHamlet
ShakespeareHistory Plays
ShakespeareMacbeth
ShakespeareMidsummer Night's Dream
ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
ShakespeareTwelfth Night
ShelleyFrankenstein
SteinbeckOf Mice and Men
StevensonTreasure Island
Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin
SteinbeckPearl
TolkeinHobbit
TolkienLord of the Rings SERIES
TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn
TwainAdventures of Tom Sawyer
TwainConnecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
UptonJungle
Verne20,000 Leagues under the Sea