A middle schooler’s top five vacation reads

Middle Schooler's Book List

If you’re a middle school student like me, you might spend most of your holiday vacation week playing sports or video games. But just because it’s vacation doesn’t mean you can’t spend time on reading too. These five titles are a combination of both older and newer books and offer something for everyone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Here are my Top 5 suggestions for books for middle schoolers to read over the vacation:

  1. “Bud Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis In this book, a ten-year-old boy embarks on a journey to find his father in the 1930s in the south.  It serves as an inspiration to middle school students because Bud never gives up.
  2. Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson Jess Aarons is a fifth grader who wants more than anything, to be the fastest runner in his grade. As a fifth grader on my middle school track team, I really connected to this story. The main theme in this book, however, is friendship, something extremely important to all of us middle schoolers.
  3. The Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce Nate is an eleven-year-old boy who is “not quite the honor roll” student. He always ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, a perfect combination for both laughs and detention.
  4. Among the Hidden” by Margaret Haddix This book takes place in a future in which there is a population control policy. Luke is a forbidden third child who fights for his right to exist. I’m curious about what like might be like in the future, so I found this book very interesting.
  5. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney You may already be familiar with this series, but they are always great to read over and over. Greg Heffley is a boy who seems only able to do wrong. Fortunately, he often finds a way to get out of trouble that makes the reader laugh out loud.

Joey Manning is a fifth grader at Raynham Middle School.