Middle School Books

Each year fifty newly published books are selected to be on the Villa Library “50 Nifty Middle School Books” recommended book list. These titles are selected to appeal to a wide range of interests and reading abilities at Villa Academy. 


The reviewing sources and recommendations used include: American Library Association, Booklist, School Library Journal, National Book Award, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Young Reader’s Choice, Washington Children’s Choice Award, Sibert Award, CS King Award, Evergreen Award, and Printz Award.  


Fifty Nifty

Middle School Chapter Books

2019 – 2020

Acevedo The Poet X
Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone
Ahern Flawed
Ali Saints and Misfits – YRC
Anderson Speak
Arnold Damsel
Blake Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
Bornstein Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
Bowling Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Caetti A Heart In A Body in the World PRIH
Callender Hurricane Child
Cartaya Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
Clark The Pants Project
Colfer Stranger Than Fanfiction
Crowley Words in Deep Blue
Diaz The Crossroads
Dimaline The Marrow Thieves
Emmich Dear Evan Hansen
Eves Blood Rose Rebellion
Feinstein Backfield Boys
Gansworth Give Me Some Truth
Garber Caraval
Gephart In Your Shoes
Gratz Refugee
Graudin Invictus
Hand My Plain Jane
Iturb The Librarian of Auschwitz
Jacobson The Dollar Kids
Jennings Being Jazz:   My Life As A Transgender Teen
Johnston The Inevitable Victorian Thing
Kelly You Go First
Khorram Darius The Great is Not Okay
Korman Super Gifted
Latham Dreamland Burning
Levenseller Daughter of the Pirate King
Lu Wildcard
McLemore Blanca and Roja
McManus One of Us Is Lying
Menon From Twinkle, With Love
Nielsen A Night Divided
O’Sullivan Between Two Skies
Rhodes Ghost Boys
Ribay After the Shot Drops
Ruby Shadow Cipher (York)
Saeed Amal Unbound
Schmidt Pay Attention Carter Jones
Thomas On The Come UP
Thomas When Light Left Us
Vail Well, That Was Awkward
Van Draanen Wild Bird
Woodson Harbor Me
Zentner Goodbye Days
Zoboi Pride