Books for Middle School

These are my impressions of some of the things I know teens are (or should be!) reading. I am just telling you what I think, it is not necessariy an endorsement. If you don't think your parents will approve of the content, THEN DON'T READ IT! (And don't tell them I said you should read it!) Click on the title of the book to read my thoughts about that book.

On 1/1/14, I changed this so that it is now sorted aphabetically instead of by when I read it and wrote the reviews. This will make it easier in some ways, but it also means that there might be reviews that have sequels or movies and I haven't updated it. I will include the date of my newest posts. I will leave my newest posts at the top for a little while, then move them.


Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

If you love Rick Riordan's books, this book is for you. He is now, in addition to his own series, promoting new authors writing in a similar genre!

Aru Shah is in 7th grade and lives at a museum of Indian art and culture. She ends up lighting a sinister lamp, which is said to waken the Sleeper, a demon who will bring about the end of time. Aru Shah and Boo, her pigeon shaped guardian, have to travel to the Otherworld and beyond to figure out how to stop it.

The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb

Horatio Lyle is an unusual scientist living in Victorian London. Part Sherlock Holmes, part Dr. Who, part Nikola Tesla, Horatio Lyle teams up with Tess, a street thief, and Thomas, the son of a powerful Lord to find a missing artifact. Along the way, the finds himself up against supernatural creatures and out-of-this-world science.

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

Nick is running away from his abusive uncle when he finds himself at the mysterious Evil Wizard Bookstore run by Evil Wizard Smallbone. To have a safe, warm place to stay he lies and says he can't read. But soon, the bookstore starts giving him the books that will teach him magic. He soon realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye. The magical protections that protect the town from the shape-shifter Fidelou are failing. And the Evil Wizard Smallbone may need his help.

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