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 Book Poster Image
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
(1947)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(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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Hatchet Book Poster Image
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(2006)
(1987)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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The Red Badge of Courage Book Poster Image
Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.
By Stephen Crane
(2016)
(1895)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
(2006)
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Weedflower Book Poster Image
Fresh perspective on WWII Japanese internment camps in U.S.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2009)
(2009)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Book Poster Image
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
(2012)
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Book Poster Image
Thrilling true story of teenagers who stood up to the Nazis.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2015)
(2015)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings Book Poster Image
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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Ender's Game Book Poster Image
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
(2005)
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My Name Is Not Easy Book Poster Image
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
(2011)
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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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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(2003)
(1967)
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Book Poster Image
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2015)
(2014)
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Girl in the Blue Coat Book Poster Image
Extraordinary tale of Dutch teens resisting the Nazis.
By Monica Hesse
(2016)
(2016)
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The House on Mango Street Book Poster Image
A poetic -- and classic -- coming-of-age story.
By Sandra Cisneros
(2005)
(1991)
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Monster Book Poster Image
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
(1999)
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The Reluctant Assassin: W.A.R.P., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exhilarating but bloody tale starts off time travel series.
By Eoin Colfer
(2013)
(2013)
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The Scorpio Races Book Poster Image
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
(2011)
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Confessions of a Murder Suspect Book Poster Image
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
(2012)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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