Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School

Everything seems to change once you hit middle school. Friendships seem to get more complicated. Romantic feelings go beyond grade-school crushes. And ethical decisions as well as homework assignments get tougher. Books that deal with these new complexities have become so popular, they're almost an entire genre in themselves. Check out our list to find a range of stories, from laugh-out-loud funny to gritty coming-of-age, to help tweens and teens survive their middle school years. And for more great picks, check out our list of the Best Book-Report Books for Middle Schoolers and the Best Book Series for Tweens.

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Babymouse Tales from the Locker:  Lights, Camera, Middle School! Book Poster Image
Series moves to middle school, tackles fear with humor.
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(2017)
(2017)
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Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child Book Poster Image
Charming, realistic take on middle school popularity race.
By Maria T. Lennon
(2013)
(2013)
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Fuzzy Book Poster Image
Satire of school surveillance hits the mark.
By Tom Angleberger, Paul Dellinger
(2016)
(2016)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom Book Poster Image
Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2016)
(2016)
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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook: Gabby Garcia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Goal-focused Latina scores big hit in series opener.
By Iva-Marie Palmer
(2017)
(2017)
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Jake the Fake Keeps It Real: Jake the Fake, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny take on fitting in and self-discovery at art school.
By Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach
(2017)
(2017)
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The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez Book Poster Image
Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
By Peter Johnson
(2014)
(2014)
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Pottymouth and Stoopid Book Poster Image
Underdogs overcome labels in sensitive, funny story.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2017)
(2017)
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The Terrible Two, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Zany fun, great writing in smart prankster tale with heart.
By Mac Barnett, Jory John
(2015)
(2015)
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Unidentified Suburban Object Book Poster Image
Quirky take on identity is surprising and funny.
By Mike Jung
(2017)
(2017)
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Blackbird Fly Book Poster Image
Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2015)
(2015)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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The Friendship Experiment Book Poster Image
Smart, heartfelt portrayal of lonely, science-loving tween.
By Erin Teagan
(2017)
(2016)
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How to Survive Middle School Book Poster Image
Funny middle school survival story for boys and hamsters.
By Donna Gephart
(2010)
(2010)
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Jacky Ha-Ha Book Poster Image
Warm, funny tale of middle school joker finding her groove.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
(2016)
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Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Book Poster Image
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2012)
(2012)
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Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill Book Poster Image
Rafe goes to camp, faces bullying, copes with gross humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2013)
(2013)
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Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life Book Poster Image
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2011)
(2011)
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The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero Book Poster Image
Fun middle school adventure perfect for reluctant readers.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2016)
(2016)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 Book Poster Image
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
(2012)
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Origami Yoda, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
(2010)
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The Worst Class Trip Ever Book Poster Image
Wry humor, international drama make for fun page-turner.
By Dave Barry
(2015)
(2015)
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Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook Book Poster Image
Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.
By Marissa Moss
(2015)
(2015)
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Drama Book Poster Image
Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
(2012)
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Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff Book Poster Image
Scrapbook-style sequel tells girl's heartfelt story.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2012)
(2012)
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Fish in a Tree Book Poster Image
Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(2015)
(2015)
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I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle-school comic perseveres in funny, poignant sequel.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2014)
(2013)
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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period Book Poster Image
Engrossing story of fitting in at private school.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2007)
(2007)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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Middle School: Dog's Best Friend Book Poster Image
Rafe starts dog-walking biz in funny, fast-paced tale.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2016)
(2016)
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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Book Poster Image
Seventh grader documents her struggles in clever scrapbook.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2011)
(2007)
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Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar Book Poster Image
Realistic middle school issues from a girl's point of view.
By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
(2013)
(2013)
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Planet Tad Book Poster Image
Indignities of middle school fill funny blog novel.
By Tim Carvell
(2012)
(2012)
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Posted Book Poster Image
Realistic, moving story of finding courage to be yourself.
By John David Anderson
(2017)
(2017)
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Public School Superhero Book Poster Image
Inner-city middle school tale is funny and compassionate.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2015)
(2015)
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Smile Book Poster Image
Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2011)
(2010)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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Twerp Book Poster Image
Poignant middle school novel has great humor and depth.
By Mark Goldblatt
(2013)
(2013)
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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
(2007)
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Addie on the Inside Book Poster Image
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
(2011)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
(2015)
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Flipped Book Poster Image
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
(2006)
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The Swap Book Poster Image
Switching spell lets girl and boy see other's point of view.
By Megan Shull
(2014)
(2014)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Book Poster Image
Middle schooler tries '50s popularity guide in fun memoir.
By Maya Van Wagenen
(2014)
(2014)
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