The Best Book-Report Books for Middle Schoolers

No need to dread a book report! When kids find titles that are engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking, they're hooked. If it's fiction, students can dissect plot, theme, and characters. If it's nonfiction, they can plunge into a subject that fascinates them or learn a lot about something they've never heard of before. Here's a list of surefire selections for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. For even more ideas, check out our Essential Books Guide and 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

age 11+

Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.

By: Anne Frank (1947)
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The Apothecary, Book 1

age 11+

Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.

By: Maile Meloy (2011)
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Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story)

age 11+

Young refugee's story is told in memories, myths, fables.

By: Daniel Nayeri (2020)
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Goodbye Stranger

age 11+

Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.

By: Rebecca Stead (2015)
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Genesis Begins Again

age 11+

Teen learns to love herself in uplifting tale of misfits.

By: Alicia D. Williams (2019)
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Hatchet

age 11+

Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.

By: Gary Paulsen (1987)
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A Long Walk to Water

age 11+

Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story.

By: Linda Sue Park (2010)
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One Crazy Summer

age 11+

A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.

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Parked

age 11+

Poverty, being unhoused explored in hopeful tale.

By: Danielle Svetcov (2020)
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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

age 11+

Little-known disaster gets overdue, in-depth treatment.

By: Steve Sheinkin (2014)
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The Red Badge of Courage

age 11+

Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.

By: Stephen Crane (1895)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1

age 11+

Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.

By: Scott Westerfeld (2006)
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Weedflower

age 11+

Interned girl, Native boy find common ground in moving tale.

By: Cynthia Kadohata (2009)
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All-American Muslim Girl

age 12+

Captivating coming-of-age tale explores identity, racism.

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American Ace

age 12+

Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.

By: Marilyn Nelson (2015)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

age 12+

Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.

By: Steve Sheinkin (2012)
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

age 12+

Thrilling true story of teenagers who stood up to the Nazis.

By: Phillip M. Hoose (2015)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

age 12+

Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban American's childhood.

By: Margarita Engle (2015)
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Long Way Down

age 12+

Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge.

By: Jason Reynolds (2017)
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My Name Is Not Easy

age 12+

Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.

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