Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: School

Crap: How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabber, and Other Stuff that Stinks - (ISBN: 978-0979017353)

by Erin Elisabeth Conley

This amazing self-help guide, a great find for reluctant readers, walks middle-schoolers and teens through dealing with challenging teachers, fickle friends, protective parents, and other problems of young adult life! What advice could you add to a second edition?

Eighth-Grade Super Zero - (ISBN: 978-0545096768)

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Readers can only imagine how Reggie ends up with the nickname of Pukey. When he starts to get involved with volunteerism, his classmates start to forget his unfortunate past and join in on his projects. Reggie’s private interests extend to a study of history and writing graphic novels. How do you balance your community activities and your personal pursuits?

Schooled - (ISBN: 978-1423105169)

by Gordon Korman

Cap had been home-schooled on a commune, taught by his grandmother. When she becomes ill, authorities enroll him in the local middle school. Not only has he never gone to school, he has never learned to drive or seen a television. Classmates initially make fun of Cap, his strange appearance, and his unusual background. What personal qualities does he have that help him overcome his challenges and end up as class president?

The Bully - (ISBN: 978-0439865463)

by Anne Schraff

Darrell discovers that his move to a new school in California does not take him away from bullying. Although he tries to retreat from confrontation and avoid fighting, he finds he must face his enemy. Have you ever been bullied? What can you do about it?

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin - (ISBN: 978-0375856990)

by Josh Berk

Told from the point of view of Will Halpin, a student from a deaf school with “terrific” lip reading skills, this book examines the problems Will has as he tries to attend “regular” high school. Despite many setbacks and a retreat inside his own mind, Will has the sense of humor and smarts to see how to ingratiate himself with his classmates. But wait; there’s more!! A wild class party and a sudden death turn this coming of age book into a mystery with a side of romance! If you enjoy goofy observations and unusual premises, you will love Will’s telling of this tale.

Alt Ed - (ISBN: 978-0142402351)

by Catherine Atkins

Ender’s Shadow - (ISBN: 978-0765342409)

by Orson Scott Card

Freak the Mighty - (ISBN: 978-0439286060)

by Rodman Philbrick

Schooled - (ISBN: 978-1591941774)

by Paul Langan

Stargirl - (ISBN: 978-0440416777)

by Jerry Spinelli

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - (ISBN: 978-0316013697)

by Sherman Alexie

The Strange Power - (ISBN: 978-0671874544)

by L.J. Smith

Vampire Academy - (ISBN: 978-1595141743)

by Richelle Mead

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