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Bestsellers for Middle-School Students
Kids usually love to read, as long as you get them just the right book. So, if you don't have a particular title or series in mind, you may want to take a peak at our list of Bestsellers for Middle-School Students . We'll hit the highlights of the below categories, and offer up suggestions of what is most popular with kids in grades 6 through 8. It might just help you find the perfect novel for your favorite middle-schooler!
Our adventure titles are diverse and exciting, riveting from beginning to end! As the protagonists face adversities, dangers, and everyday challenges, their values are strengthened and reinforced as they learn what is really important in life. Middle-schoolers will readily identify with the characters in these books and gain a lifetime of insights as well. They're simply a must-read!
Wings of Fire Saga
The dragon tribes of Pyrrhia have been at war for years, locked in an endless battle over a powerful throne and a lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a cryptic prophecy. Five dragonets are chosen, raised in a hidden cave, and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. A high-interest, low-vocabulary series.
Time Warp Trio
A novel series written by American bestselling children writer Jon Scieszka. The books feature the adventures of three young boys (Joe, Fred, and Sam) through space and time with the aid of a strange object known as "The Book." It all begins during Joes seventh birthday when he is given an unusual blue present called "The Book" by his magician uncle. Using some print cues and voices, the book transports the three boys to different times and places: from the medieval periods of King Arthur of Camelot to 2095, where they get to meet their great-grandchildren. However, the only way that the boys can return to the present time in Brooklyn, New York is by finding the book again within the period they are in. This high-interest, low-vocabulary series is great for reluctant readers, and has plenty of humor sprinkled throughout.
The new thrilling series from Chris Bradford, bestselling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers - a teenage Jason Bourne for the next generation. With the rise of teen stars, the intense media focus on celeb families and a new wave of billionaires, adults are no longer the only target for hostage-taking, blackmail and assassination - kids are too. That's why they need a young bodyguard like Connor Reeves to protect them.
Middle-School Animal Stories
There is nothing like animal stories. They warm the heart and bring out the best in people. And the best thing of all is how the animals in these stories impact the characters. A whole array of animals bring these books to life and highlight the ever-strong bond between people and the animal kingdom. Some will be familiar and some will be brand new, but all have just the right ingredients to captivate middle-school readers!
Read the books that began a phenomenon - and join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors Series #1 national bestsellers. Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here.
Guardians of Ga'hoole
A fantasy book series about owls written by Kathryn Lasky. Soren, a young barn owl in a forest kingdom called Tyto, loses his family after being pushed out of the nest. So begins his quest to become a Guardian at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, but the safety of his friends is soon threatened by the vast army of the Pure Ones.
Middle-School Real-Life Stories
Here's where you'll find enough novels to keep kids from nine to twelve happily reading for hours. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Bridge to Terabithia, and From Anna, as well as lots of other wonderfully funny and inspiring stories for readers of all interests.
Gordon Korman Books for Middle-Schoolers
All of Gordon Korman's books make for riveting reading for middle-schoolers. The charm in these books is the brilliant mix of madcap adventure, humor, and real-life characters. These stories are guaranteed to keep readers coming back for more, once they stop laughing at the halarious way the last supposedly brilliant scheme turned out, that is!
Danger in the country. Mysterious islands. Organized crime. No matter where you travel in this fictional world of adventure, you and the characters in these fast-paced Mystery Stories will find a mystery to solve. Take a short vacation to a national park, or a long and dangerous canoe trip ... even explore an old and haunted house. These are some of the most thrilling page-turners for young people around
Nancy Drew Mysteries
For cliff-hanging suspense and thrilling action, read The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories - the world's most popular mystery series for young readers ages 8 to 12! Millions of fans have matched wits with Nancy Drew, helping her solve hundreds of baffling cases. Join the fun - start your collection of Braille Nancy Drew Mysteries today!
Hardy Boys Mysteries
Kids ages 8 to 12 will find it almost impossible to put any of the enormously popular Hardy Boys mystery stories down for a single moment.
Harry Potter Books
Eleven-year-old Harry Potter is an orphan who suddenly discovers that he is a wizard. Harry is invited to attend the boarding school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book chronicles a year in Harry's life as he struggles through adolescence, learning to overcome many magical, social and emotional hurdles. Slowly, he makes friends at Hogwarts, learns magic and determines his destiny as the boy who lived, gains and loses loved ones and friends ... and eventually succeeds in saving the wizarding world from the evil dark lord Voldimort.
Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on June 30, 1997, these books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and success worldwide. Harry Potter has become the best-selling series in history. The Harry Potter books have also endured their fair share of criticism, including concern for their increasingly dark tone. As the entire series is based on magic and witchcraft, it is certainly not suitable for all readers.
Meet the Indian in the Cupboard, the tripplets in Crown of Three, and many other adventures in our collection of Middle-School Fantasy - where other-worldly happenings are limited only by your ability to believe the unbelievable.
The Land of Stories
When twins Alex and Conner are given a treasured fairy-tale book by their grandmother, they enter a land beyond all imagining:. But not only are fairy tales real in the Land of Stories, the stories they know so well haven't even ended. Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom,and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! Each adventure of their quest is dangerous, but one question always remains. Will they ever find their way back home?
Higher Institute of Villainous Education Series
The Higher Institute of Villainous Education is a top secret school hidden inside a still active volcano. The school is a part of the Global League of Villainous Enterprises, and was built for the purpose of training children to become criminal masterminds. Otto Malpense is a thirteen-year-old criminal genius, who has been handpicked along with others - the most intelligent, most athletic, technologically advanced children in the world - to be part of HIVE. But Otto soon discovers that the school is not all it seems, and sets out to unfold the mystery behind the school and its organization. Ultimately, the students hope to accomplish something no one has ever succeeded at: escaping HIVE alive.
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Set in the Stone Age, Torak is a boy who is able to speak to wolves. Torak is also a spirit walker, which means he is able to send his spirit into other animals. Torak and his friends battle different members of the Soul Eaters, evil mages who use their power to do terrible things. Eventually, the group of friends find themselves in the final showdown between Torak and Eostra, the most powerful of all the Soul Eaters.
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series
Sophie Foster has never quite fit into her life. The reason? Sophie's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret - at least, thats what she thinks. It turns out the reason Sophie has never felt at home is that, well - she isn't. And as she sets out for a new life that is vastly different from what she has ever known, telepathy is just the first of many shocking secrets that will be revealed.
Ranger's Apprentice Series
Will, an orphan who becomes an apprentice to the mysterious protectors known as Rangers, strives to keep the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors and other threats in this New York Times bestselling series for action and adventure lovers.
Septimus Heap Series
Fantasy adventure at its best! Read all seven books in Angie Sage's internationally bestselling Septimus Heap Series . Readers will love the enchanting and humorous adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.
Wolves of the Beyond Series
Don't miss best-selling author Kathryn Lasky's staggering Wolves of the Beyond Series . The wolf pup Faolan was born with a twisted paw, a slight defect that caused his wolf clan to abandon him in the forest to die. But Faolan, with the help of the grizzly bear who raised him as her own, survives to save his family from trials inside and out. This is his story - a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forever the Wolves of the Beyond.
The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull is now available in Braille! The Fablehaven Preserve, a refuge for endangered magical creatures, is under attack. Worse, the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization bent on the world's distruction, is determined to control the keys to the demon prison. If Kendra and Seth cannot save Fablehaven with the help of their grandfather, mystical creatures of all description may not be the only ones who slip from existance forever.
The Unwanteds Series
Set in totalitarian Quill, where creativity is a crime and 13-year-olds are sorted into two groups. The “strong” Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are exiled to an alleged "death camp". The camp, however, turns out to be a world called Artime, where they learn to use their magical talents.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in an Irish mining town in the 1880's? Perhaps you'd prefer to know what it was like for kids during the Great Depression, or the sacrifices families made 200 years ago to tame the American frontier. You could read about such things in old and dusty History books. Or, you could check out our collection of Historical Fiction and let the characters come to life. Visit the lawless Caribbean of the 1680's in search of sailors, spies, and pirate gold. Experience the hardships of early ranchers and farmers, and the harsh reality of World War II. Whether you're journeying by wagon train or settling in the quiet and peaceful prairie, there's no better way to get youngsters excited about our rich history than to read about it from imaginary kids their own age.
What do time travel, next-generation computers, intelegent robots, and alians from other worlds have in common? They're all found in Science-Fiction novels. And here they are. But that's only the beginning of what you'll find on this shelf. Computer games gone wrong, high-tech fantasies, lost cities and strange machines. We've even thrown in a few stories of the supernatural, because the line between science-fiction and fantacy is a very thin one indeed. For anyone with over-active imaginations, these are the stories for you!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a pentalogy of adventure and fiction books written by Rick Riordan. Based on Greek mythology, this series combines gods from the old myths with characters from a modern world with spellbinding results. Young readers will find themselves unable to anticipate the next twist in this series that is jam-packed with adventure and intrigue. The high-paced plot and non-stop adventure will hold the interest of even the most indifferent of readers.
Judy Blume Books
Judy Blume has written over a dozen quality books for kids ages 8 to 12. She is best known and loved for her titles about Peter and his exasperating little brother, Fudge. Blume has also created a host of other widely read books that help young people process a variety of subjects, including divorce, feeling left out and lonely, etc. Besides that, these books are just plain fun reading!
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Misery loves company. If you doubt the truth behind this aphorism, just delve into Lemony Snicket's best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events, which follows the hair-raising adventures of the unlucky Baudelaire orphans.
The Baby-Sitters Club Series
Kristy Thomas is from a huge family, which means she's an excellent baby-sitter. So are her friends, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey. That's why they run The Baby-Sitters Club, a way for parents to get in touch with four experienced, dependable sitters with one phone call. But every job is different, and so is every kid. There's so much that can go wrong ... and, of course, it does. From difficult parents to impossible kids, from a hard-to-please president to BSC members who have to move, there's enough going on to keep fans reading book after book.
Reader beware ...
You're in for a scare!
The Nightmare Room
Open the door to terror. You hold in your hand the key to a shadow world of shivers and screams. Take a step away from the safe, comfortable world you know. Unlock the door to terror. There's always room for one more in ... THE NIGHTMARE ROOM.
His name is Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul. An Andalite warrior-prince. The one who gave five young humans the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They are still out there, fighting an evil so powerful there isn't a moment that goes by when they can actually feel safe. Their story continues, and each thrilling adventure is carefully recorded in the pages of these books. The story of the Animorphs and their fight against the inexorable Yeerks is one of the greatest science-fiction series of all time.
Little House on the Prairie Series
Laura Ingalls Wilder's vivid re-creations of pioneer life are classics of children's literature. From the "Big Woods" to the prairie, she gives detailed accounts of her family's struggles to survive on the changing frontier, providing generations of young readers a personal vision of American life in the nineteenth century.
Chronicles of Narnia Series
Loved by generations for more than fifty years, all seven titles in this classic children's series are now available in Braille! "The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope." - Amazon.com.
The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring - created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier - is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.
Christy Fiction Series
Based upon Catherine Marshall's bestseller Christy (with more than 8 million copies in print), this series contains expanded adventures filled with romance, intrigue and excitement.
Left Behind Series - The Kids
With more than 10 million copies sold in this series, Left Behind--The Kids is a favorite of children ages 10-14. These books follow teens that have been "left behind" during the Rapture, and have nothing left but their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. Now determined to stand up for God no matter what the cost, they are tested and affronted at every turn by their friends, their neighbors, and the very real Antichrist. These friends are just kids to some people, but their task, just like that of the adult Tribulation Force, is perfectly clear. Their goal is nothing less than to stand against and fight the enemies of God during the seven most chaotic years our planet will ever see. The Evangelical Christian science fiction series Left Behind--The Kids is a youth-oriented story line based on Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's best-selling Left Behind series. Readers will see the Rapture and Tribulation through the eyes of four kids who have been left behind. With themes and events that parallel the adult series, these books carry Left Behind's important message to the younger generation.
The World in Maps
Continent by continent, The World in Maps takes you on a grand tour. The most sought-after statistics give readers a thorough thumbnail of the countries on our planet. With all the titles in the series, readers will have an easy-to-read and up-to-date global resource at their fingertips.
Isaac Asimov's How Did We Find Out About Series
"Introducing a series called How Did We Find Out About and I think the concept is terrific. Just think of having what amounts to an encyclopedia in the form of single topic books. If you are familiar with Asimov, there can only be one rating - buy one book; buy them (the entire series) and put them in your libraries, your classrooms, and hope that Mr. Asimov's series proliferates ... soon!" - Appraisal. For ages 8 to 12 and older readers.
Biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller and Louis Braille, to name but a few.
With these books, you'll learn about America and its history; explore our universe and the world of science; read about the wreck of the Titanic; and so much more! We've even added a few kids' cookbooks to this shelf!
Know someone who's always cracking jokes and telling funny stories? Why not get them a joke book from our Family Fun section? Or perhaps a book filled with all sorts of fascinating trivia tidbits?
Anne of Green Gables Series
Anne is an orphan who comes to live in remote Prince Edward Island on a farm with a shy farmer and his sensible sister. She turns their world up-side-down with her wild imagination, trouble-causing honesty and heart-rending love. It is easy to fall in love with Anne. Any child (or adult) who likes to fantasize will relate to her character and enjoy the classic novels chronicling Anne's development into a fine young woman.
Here's where you'll find all those much-loved classic favorites you grew up with. Black Beauty, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Heidi, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and The Call of the Wild are just a few of the full-length, unabridged books you can pick up from one of the most popular shelves in our entire bookstore.
Romeo and Juliet ... Hamlet ... A Midsummer Night's Dream ... William Shakespeare's plays continue to enjoy such enormous world-wide popularity that no library is complete without at least a couple of them.
Trying to build up your reference library (either at college or at home)? Do you always seem to get caught wondering how you can vary your writing instead of using fascinating three times in one paragraph? Perhaps you'd better stop by our reference library to see what we've got available. (In other words, you need our Braille thesaurus or a copy of The Elements of Style!)
Every God-fearing household should have a few quality Christian Titles on the bookshelf. From shorter books of Bible stories, to actual children's Bibles, to titles to help bring God's teaching to life and instruct youngsters on how to live Christ-centered lives ... Here is our ever-growing selection of Christian reading materials for the next generation of God's people.
Celebrate the joy and majesty of the Christmas season with our wide variety of Holiday Stories . For kids (or anyone young at heart), you'll find classics like The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express. Plenty of novels for older kids are there, too - such as Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.