Quick and Easy Books for Middle Schoolers

If you're looking for an attention-grabbing book but you're short on time, try one of these quick and easy-to-read books that appeal to both avid and more reluctant readers.

Air Disasters

Ann Weil
VITAL - 363.124 Wei

Presents accounts of five of the world's worst air disasters, each with a time line, photographs, and definitions of key terms.

Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Juvenile Fiction - J Haddix
Series: Shadow Children

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Kay Melchisedech Olson
Juvenile Graphic Novels - J 973.7 Ol
Series: Graphic Library. Graphic History

Describes the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the escape and death of John Wilkes Booth in graphic novel format.

BMX Bikes

Kathleen Deady
VITAL - 796.6 Dea

Discusses these small bikes, their history, parts, and competitions.

A Boy at War : A Novel of Pearl Harbor

Harry Mazer
Juvenile Fiction - J Mazer

While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.

The Brickyard 400

A. R. Schaefer
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 796.72 Sch

Discusses the Brickyard 400's most exciting finishes and famous racers, as well as the history and design of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Linda George
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 597.96 Ge

Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior of the poisonous snakes known as water mocassins or cottonmouths.


Jerry Spinelli
Juvenile Fiction - J Spinell

Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Gold Rush Fever!

Penn Mullin
VITAL - Mullin
Series: Trailblazers

Megs western migration, the trials and tribulations of the journey.

Ice Mummy: The Discovery of a 5,000-Year-Old Man

Mark Dubowski
Juvenile Nonfiction - 930.1 Du

Describes the discovery by Alpine hikers near the Austrian-Italian border of the frozen body of a man who, after careful examination, was found to be more than 5,000 years old.

The Iditerod: The Story of the Last Great Race

Ian Young
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 798.8 Yo
Series: High Five Reading

Recalls the history of the Iditarod dog sled race, including some of its greatest mushers and dogs, and explains how teams and volunteers prepare for and run this famous Alaskan race.

The Invasion

Katherine Applegate
Juvenile Fiction - J Applega
Series: Animorphs

When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power–a power they must use to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret : A Novel in Words and Pictures

Brian Selznick
Juvenile Fiction - J Selznic

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Midnight for Charlie Bone

Jenny Nimmo
Juvenile Fiction - J Nimmo
Series: Children of the Red King

Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

The Nightmare Room : The Nightmare Begins

R. L. Stine
Young Adult Fiction - Y St

Presents the first three books in R.L. Stine's Nightmare room series.

Rising Water

P. J. Petersen
Juvenile Fiction - J Pe

Tracy, her brother, and the new animal care volunteer at the Jefferson Science Center travel by boat to feed a dog stranded by flooding, and end up having a full day of dangerous adventures, which give them new perspectives about themselves and about each other.

S.O.R. Losers

Juvenile Fiction - J Avi

A compulsory soccer team made up of seventh graders uninterested in sports struggles to keep a winning attitude through a losing season.

Sinking of the Titanic

Matt Doeden
Juvenile Graphic Novels - J 910.453 Do
Series: Graphic Library. Graphic History

The story of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic is told in a graphic novel format.


Raina Telgemeier
Graphic Novels - Telgeme

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Then Again, Maybe I Won't

Judy Blume
Juvenile Fiction - J Blume

Thirteen-year-old Tony Miglione faces many new problems when his family moves to a swanky Long Island community.

What Do Fish Have To Do With Anything? : And Other Stories

Juvenile Fiction - J Av

In the overlapping years when childhood and adolescence blend and shift like waves and sand, nothing is certain and everything is changing. Now award-winning author Avi creates seven astonishing portraits of life in the middle-school years. In these stories you will meet–among others–William, of "What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?"