Gift Booklist for Middle School Children by Newton Free Librarians

15 Nov

Looking for a wonderful book for holiday gift-giving?  Look no further — here are this year’s wonderful suggestions from the Childrens’ librarians at the Newton Free Library.  There is something to delight every reader…..


Carman, Patrick. Trackers.

Carter, Ally. Heist Society.

Lee, Y.S. A Spy in the House.

Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver.

Stanley, Diane. Saving Sky.

Realistic Fiction

Alonzo, Sandra. Riding Invisible.

Briant, Ed. Choppy Socky Blues.

Budhos, Marina. Tell Us We’re Home.

Cooney, Caroline B. Three Black Swans.

De Goldi, Kate. The 10 PM Question.

Myers, Walter Dean. The Cruisers.


Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin.

Corriveau, Art. How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog).

Dionne, Erin. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt.

Weiss, M. Jerry and Helen S. Weiss. This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories about Surviving Your Family.

Historical Fiction

Cushman, Karen.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann.

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella.

McMullan, Margaret. Sources of Light.

Paulsen, Gary. Woods Runner.

Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro.

Watts, Irene N. No Moon.

Graphic Novels

Hinds, Gareth. The Odyssey.

Kim, Susan and Laurence Klavan. City of Spies.

Renier, Aaron. The Unsinkable Walker Bean.

Telgemeier, Raina. Smile.

TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis.

Yolen, Jane. Foiled.


Arbuthnott, Gill. The Keepers’ Tattoo.

Bow, Erin. Plain Kate.

Funke, Cornelia. Reckless.

Shulman, Polly. The Grimm Legacy.

Tomlinson, Heather. Toads and Diamonds.

Walsh, Pat. The Crowfield Curse.

Horror/ Supernatural

Brennan, Herbie. The Shadow Project.

Griffin, Adele and Lisa Brown. Picture the Dead.

Henderson, Jason. Vampire Rising.

Johnson, Christine. Claire de Lune.

Peck, Richard. Three-Quarters Dead.

Teller, Janne. Nothing.

Science Fiction

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker.

Falls, Kat. Dark Life.

Jinks, Catherine. Living Hell.

Millard, Glenda. A Small Free Kiss in the Dark.

Myklusch, Matt. Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation.

Patneaude, David. Epitaph Road.

Biographies & Non-Fiction

Fleischman, Sid. Sir Charlie Chaplin: The Funniest Man in the World.

Gherman, Beverly. Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz.

Guiberson, Brenda Z. Disasters: Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes…

Janeczko, Paul B. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from the Revolution to the 21st Century.

Schwartz, John. Short: Walking Tall When You’re Not Tall at All.


Atkins, Jeannine. Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C. J. Walker, Marie Curie & Their Daughters.

Hemphill, Stephanie. Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials.

Levy, Debbie. The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship…

Mora, Pat. Dizzy in Your Eyes:  Poems About Love.

Paschen, Elise. Poetry Speaks–Who I Am. (with CD).

(November 2010)


One Response to “Gift Booklist for Middle School Children by Newton Free Librarians”

  1. Debbie Levy November 20, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Newton YA,

    Those reading or interested in THE YEAR OF GOODBYES (my book on your gift list!) may want to have a look at the online “Poesiealbum Project,” where you can create your own “poesies” for the project and see what others have created. Also posted there are images of some of the materials I used in creating the book. The link:



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