Mrs. Dantzler's Favorite Books for Middle School Readers
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
A nonconforming young girl challenges a school and community to examine their actions and emotions. A must read for all young adults.
- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The adventures of an African-American orphan looking for his father during the Depression.
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
A young children's book with a message for all ages.
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
A fantasy tale of a young boy who discovers a sapphire-blue dragon thought to be extinct.
- I Had Seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant
An 18 year old boy joins the military during WWII. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.
- How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
A comedic fantasy of a young Viking's challenges as he learns to train his dragon.
- Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A take-off of the Cinderella story. Ella marries Prince Charming and quickly learns that life in a palace is not what she expected.
- The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster
A humorous tale of a straight line in love with a red dot. (Some parents may remember this short film that sometimes played after Tom and Jerry.)
- The Giver by Lois Lowery
A young boy in a Utopian world is chosen to receive the memories of the past when the community was not so 'perfect'.
- The Table Where the Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor
The story of a mountain girl who learns her family is actually very wealthy.
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A young girl mysteriously goes mute as she enters high school. Could it be because her friends aren't speaking to her or because her parents have no time for her?
- Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
A view of what life is like for a child suffering from severe ADD.
- Loser by Jerry Spinelli
The story of a young boy who is thought of as a 'loser' to his classmates, but is a hero inside.
- Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley is sentenced unfairly for stealing and is sent to a work camp where he discovers his destiny.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A family discovers the fountain of youth and tries to protect it, but is that the best thing?
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
A young girl learns about the mother who abandoned her.
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
After losing the family fortune, a young Mexican girl and her mother immigrate and begin a new life in a new country and a new social class.
- What Do You Stand For? by Barbara A. Lewis
A teen's guide to building character.
- Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
In a story of peer pressure, a 10 year old boy dreads the day he will be trained to wring the necks of pigeons at an annual shooting contest.
- The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park
An 8th grade boy cares for his grandfather with Alzheimer's Disease.
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Frontier Middle School (636)
Evening Phone (314) 495-2581
9233 Highway DD
O'Fallon, MO 63368
Created on... August 5, 2005