Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (NEWBERY WINNER)

In some ways this seems a little young for middle school. I would recommend it more for 4th or 5th grade. But, given that, it is a fun book. The characters are interesting and it gives a glimpse of life not dominated by computer games, TV and computers. If you have a younger sibling, offer to read it out loud to them. You will both enjoy it.