Good Reads

Looking for something good to read? 

If you know what kind of book you want to read, check out our lists of popular books in various genres in the menu bar to the left.  Otherwise, below are some great sources for finding awesome books to read!  Once you know what you want to read, you can check our online catalog to see if we have the book in the library.  Once logged in, you can even put the book on hold!

As always, if you have any questions or need personal recommendations, don't hesitate to ask Ms. Lindgren.  Happy reading!

Reading Lists

Good Reads

This site has many lists of books with tons of reader reviews.  The content is always changing so check back often.  New books are listed at the top of this YA page, but scroll down for more specific lists generated by readers like you!

Novelist

This is a database supplied by King County Library System (KCLS), so you'll need your KCLS card number (401+your school ID#) and PIN (last 4 digits of your ID#) to access it.  However, once inside, you can search for books by topic and read reviews of the books you find.  You can also go to a book you like and search for similar books!

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

In 2012, National Public Radio (NPR) had compiled a list of the best YA novels written to date, as voted on by over 75,000 readers.  This list contains a nice mix of classics and modern literature, with the Harry Potter series leading the pack.  This is a database supplied by King County Library System (KCLS), so you'll need your KCLS card number (401+your school ID#) and PIN (last 4 digits of your ID#) to access it.  However, once inside, you can search for books by topic and read reviews of the books you find.  You can also go to a book you like and search for similar books!

Evergreen Book Award

Every year in March, teens around Washington State can vote for their favorite YA book of the year.  See what books are nominated this year, read them and then vote for your favorite.  You can also see which books have won in the past (recommended reading).

Best of the Best

Every year, Young Adult Library Services Associationg (YALSA) compiles lists of the best new fiction for teens: award winners, top ten novels, top ten graphic novels, top ten quick pics, etc.

 

Dystopian Fiction

 

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins Year Published:

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

 

The Maze Runner

by James Dashner Year Published:

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

 

 

Divergent

by Veronica Roth Year Published:

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
 

Matched

by Ally Condie Year Published:

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?

 

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver Year Published:

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

 

Eve

by Anna Carey Year Published:

In 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of the earth's population, Eve discovers the terrible fate that awaits students when they graduate from their all-girls school, and she sets off on a treacherous journey into the wilds of The New America, searching for a place where she can survive.

 

Gone

by Michael Grant Year Published:

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
 

 

The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch Year Published:

Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.
 

 

Empty

by Suzanne Weyn 

When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.
 

 

Wither

by Lauren DeStefano Year Published:

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
 

 

Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld 

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
 

 

Legend

by Marie Lu Year Published:

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

 

 

Incarceron

by Catherine Fischer Year Published:

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

 

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace

by Alexander Gordon Smith Year Published:

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
 

 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan Year Published:

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
 

 

The Bar Code Tattoo

by Suzanne Weyn Year Published:

Kayla is ostracized at school because she refused to get the required tattooed bar code and now she must run to avoid the authorities and fight for her freedom.
 

 

 

The Giver

by Lois Lowry Year Published:

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society he lives in.

 

 

Skinned

by Robin Wasserman Year Published:

To save her from dying in a horrible accident, Lia's wealthy parents transplant her brain into a mechanical body.
 

 

 

Unwind

by Neal Shusterman Year Published:

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
 

 

 

Enclave

by Ann Aguirre Year Published:

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong--and dangerous.
 

 

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer Year Published:

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
 

 

Pastworld: A Mystery of the Near Future

by Ian Beck Year Published:

In 2050, while visiting Pastworld, a Victorian London theme park, teenaged Caleb meets seventeen-year-old Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no knowledge of the modern world, and both become pawns in a murderer's diabolical plan that reveals disturbing truths about Eves origins.
 

 

Life As We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer Year Published:

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
 

 

The Gardener

by S.A. Bodeen Year Published:

When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life.

 

 

Mortal Engines

by Philip Reeve Year Published:

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
 

 

 

A Crack in the Sky

by Mark Peter Hughes Year Published:

In a post-apocalyptic world, thirteen-year-old Eli, part of the most powerful family in the world, keeps noticing problems with the operations of his domed city but his family denies them, while in the surrounding desert, the Outsiders struggle to survive while awaiting a prophesied savior.
 

 

 

The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau Year Published:

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
 

 

 

Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
 

 

 

Shade's Children

by Garth Nix Year Published:

In a savage post-nuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.
 

 

 

Truesight

by David Stahler Year Published:

In a distant frontier world, thirteen-year-old Jacob is uncertain of his future in a community that considers blindness a virtue and "Seers" as aberrations.
 

 

 

Turnabout

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published:

Melly and Anny Beth both lived normal lives throughout the twentieth century. When they are old and ready to die, they are selected to participate in Project Turnabout and are given an injection to make them grow younger.
 

 

 

Rash

by Pete Hautman Year Published:

In a future society that has decided it would rather be safe than free," 16-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.
 

 

 

Feed

by M.T. Anderson Year Published:

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
 

 

 

Fearless

by Tim Lott Year Published:

In the future, girls labeled "juvies" or "mindcrips" are taken from their families and sent to the prison-like City Community Faith School, but Little Fearless decides to break out, and embarks on a dangerous mission to free the girls from their miserable captivity.
 

 

 

The Virtual War

by Gloria Skurzynski Year Published:

In a future world where global contamination has necessitated limited human contact, three young people with unique genetically engineered abilities are teamed up to wage a war in virtual reality.
 

 

 

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury Year Published:

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it is to start fires. In the future, books are banned and fireman are sent to burn them if they are found. Guy enjoys his job, and he has never questioned the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. He dares to read a book and discovers a world he has never known.

 

Paranormal Romance

 

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare Year Published:

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

 

Evermore

by Alyson Noel

Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people's thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.

 

Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

 

Fallen

by Lauren Kate

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

 

 

Mystic City

by Theo Lawrence

 

In a Manhattan where the streets are under water and outcasts called mystics have paranormal powers, Aria Rose is engaged to Thomas Foster and the powerful Rose and Foster families--long time enemies--are uniting politically; the only trouble is that Aria can not remember ever meeting Thomas, much less falling in love with him.

 

Abandon

by Meg Cabot 

A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.

 

A Beautiful Dark

by Jocelyn Davies

When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity--and destiny--begin to emerge.

 

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

 

Blood and Chocolate

by Annette Curtis Klause

Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

 

 

Once in a Full Moon

by Ellen Schreiber

Seventeen-year-old Celeste Parker finds herself falling for Brandon, a boy from the wrong side of their small, midwestern town, even though she suspects that he is a werewolf.

 

Evernight

by Claudia Gray

Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.

 

Fated

by Noel, Alyson

Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers, but it's when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core.

 

 

Darkness Before Dawn

by J.A. London 

When seventeen-year-old Dawn Montgomery, daughter of the slain delegates to ruling vampire Lord Valentine, becomes the new delegate, she finds herself falling in love with Valentine's kindhearted son, and risks her life when she is drawn into their dangerous political game.

 

Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

 

A Touch Mortal

by Leah Clifford

Eden, once a lonely human who lost her heart to a fallen angel and now trapped between Heaven and Hell, discovers that her Touch can strip away the morals and logic of mortals, but may also be able to provide Siders like herself with release.

 

Dead Beautiful

by Yvonne Woon

After her parents die under mysterious circumstances, sixteen-year-old Renee Winters is sent from California to an old-fashioned boarding school in Maine, where she meets a fellow student to whom she seems strangely connected.

 

Everneath

by Brodi Ashton

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth.

 

A Temptation of Angels

by Michelle Zink

After seeing her parents murdered, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright learns she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world, but nothing can save her from being torn between new friend and fellow Keeper Griffin and childhood friend Raum, who has joined forces with her parents' killers.

 

Firelight

by Jordan, Sophie

When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.
 

 

Paranormalcy

by Kiersten White

When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.

 

The Pledge

by Kimberly Derting

In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina "Charlie" Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.

 

The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater 

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

 

The Summoning

by Kelley Armstrong

After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

 

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead 

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.
 

Vampire Kisses

by Ellen Schreiber

Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.

 

Warm Bodies

by Isaac Marion

Alienated from his fellow zombies because of his dislike of having to kill humans, "R" meets a living girl who brings a blast of living color to his cold and dreary world and whom he resolves to protect in spite of her delicious appearance.

 

Wondrous Strange

by Lesley Livingston

When seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, she discovers he is a changeling and guardian of the gate between the faerie Otherworld and the mortal realm. She also learns that her mother had otherworldly powers that she has passed on to Kelley.

Angels & Demons

 

A Beautiful Dark

by Jocelyn Davies Year Published:

When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity--and destiny--begin to emerge.
 

 

A Temptation of Angels

by Michelle Zink Year Published:

After seeing her parents murdered, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright learns she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world, but nothing can save her from being torn between new friend and fellow Keeper Griffin and childhood friend Raum, who has joined forces with her parents' killers.

 

 

A Touch Mortal

by Leah Clifford Year Published:

Eden, once a lonely human who lost her heart to a fallen angel and now trapped between Heaven and Hell, discovers that her Touch can strip away the morals and logic of mortals, but may also be able to provide Siders like herself with release.

 

Angelfire

by Courtney Allison Moulton Year Published:

A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers--monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell.

 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

by Cassandra Clare Year Published:

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

 

 

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices)

by Cassandra Clare Year Published:

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

 

Coffeehouse Angel

by Suzanne Selfors Year Published:

Sixteen-year-old Katrina's kindness to a man she finds sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse leads to a strange reward as Malcolm, who is actually a teenage guardian angel, insists on rewarding her by granting her deepest wish.
 

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor Year Published:

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.


 

Fallen

by Lauren Kate Year Published:

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.


 

Halo

by Alexandra Adornetto Year Published:

When three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town of Venus Cove against the gather- ing forces of darkness, their mission is threatened as the youngest angel, Bethany, enrolls in high school and falls in love with another student.


 

Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick Year Published:

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
 

 

Kissed by an Angel

by Elizabeth Chandler Year Published:

When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she'd lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she's discovered that he's her guardian angel--his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows his killer is now after her.
 

 

Lord Loss (Demonata)

by Darren Shan Year Published:

Presumably the only witness to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see.


 

Mercy

by Rebecca Lim Year Published:

Mercy, an angel, wakes up again and again in different bodies, trying to earn her way back into heaven while being hunted for a crime she did not commit.
 

 

 

Once Dead, Twice Shy

by Kim Harrison Year Published:

Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers.


 

Sign of Qin

by L.G. Bass Year Published:

In long-ago China, Prince Zong, the mortal young Starlord chosen to save humankind from destruction, joins the twin outlaws, White Streak and Black Whirlwind, to fight the Lord of the Dead and his demon hordes.

 

 

The Crowfield Curse

by Pat Walsh Year Published:

In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

 

 

Unearthly

by Cynthia Hand Year Published:

Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner's purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.

 

Vampires

Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, WA, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.


 

The Hunt

by Andrew Fukuda 

 

Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

 

 

Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)

by Heather Brewer 

For thirteen years Vlad has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire than he could have guessed.
 

A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak)

by Darren Shan 

Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

 

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing)

by Jason Henderson 

At a boarding school in Switzerland, fourteen-year-old Alex Van Helsing learns that vampires are real, that he has a natural ability to sense them, and that an agency called the Polidorium has been helping his family fight them since 1821.

 

Evernight

by Claudia Gray 

Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.
 

 

Darkness Before Dawn

by J.A. London 

When seventeen-year-old Dawn Montgomery, daughter of the slain delegates to ruling vampire Lord Valentine, becomes the new delegate, she finds herself falling in love with Valentine's kindhearted son, and risks her life when she is drawn into their dangerous political game.

 

Blue Bloods

by Melissa de la Cruz 

Select teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.

 

 

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead 

The fierce Strigoi vampires are determined to capture vampire princess Lissa, the last remaining Dragomir heir. Rose, Lissa’s spirit-bonded guardian, must protect her at all costs.

 

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires)

by Rachel Caine 

In Morganville, Texas, a town where evil terrorizes the streets under the cover of darkness, Claire Danvers, who has had enough of her current dorm situation, moves off campus and discovers that her new roommates are vampires.
 

 

Vampire Kisses

by Ellen Schreiber 

Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true. [Also available in manga.]
 

 

High School Bites

by Liza Conrad 

Having learned that Count Dracula exists and lives in her hometown of Seattle, Lucy tries to save herself and her friends while wondering whether her boyfriend is also a vampire.
 

 

Fat Vampire

by Adam Rex 

After being bitten by a vampire, not only is fifteen-year-old Doug doomed eternally to be fat, but now he must also save himself from the desperate host of a vampire-hunting television show that is on the verge of cancellation.

 

Suck It Up

by Brian Meehl 

After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans.

 

Sucks to Be Me

by Kimberly Pauley 

When sixteen-year-old Mina is forced to take a class to help her decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her life-long best friend and the boy she has a crush on versus new friends and possible boyfriends in her mandatory "vampire lessons."
 

Vampire High

by Douglas Reese 

When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.
 

Thirsty

by M.T. Anderson 

From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.
 

 

Bloodline

by Kate Cary 

In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes the horrifying discovery that his regiment commander is descended from Count Dracula.
 

 

Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates)

by Justin Somper

When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.
 

 

London, 1850 (Vampire Plagues)

by Sebastian Rooke 

One foggy night in 1850, a ship reaches the dockside after a long voyage. A colony of large bats fly up from the deck. Now London is falling into the grip of vampire plagues and only Jack and his friend Ben can prevent the city from total destruction.
 

Parliament of Blood

by Justin Richards 

In Victorian London, after discovering that vampires really do exist, friends George, Liz, and Eddie join Sir William in an increasingly desperate effort to find ways to stop the vampires from overthrowing Parliament and, eventually, taking over the world.

 

In the Forests of the Night

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.
 

 

 

Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley)

by Darren Shan

When his cousin is murdered at the factory where they both work as child laborers, young Larten Crepsley commits a horrific act and must live on the run until he meets a vampire named Seba Nile who offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant.

 

 

Night World

by L.J. Smith

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters - they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.
 

Sweet-Blood

by Pete Hautman

After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the "proto-vampires" she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.

 

Vampire Diaries

by L.J. Smith

Two vampire brothers ( brooding and mysterious Stefan, and sexy and dangerous Damon) compete for the love of Elena Gilbert, a beautiful high school senior who is searching for excitement in her boring life.

 

Vampire Crush

by A.M. Robinson 

Sixteen-year-old journalist Sophie McGee's junior year is filled with unexpected drama--and romance--when she discovers that her new classmates are hiding a dark secret, while the "boy next door" from her childhood re-enters her life.

 

Switched (My Sister the Vampire)

by Sienna Mercer 

Upon moving to Franklin Grove, 8th-grader Olivia Abbott, a pink-loving cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister, Ivy, whose "goth" appearance hides a weird secret.
 

The Silver Kiss

by Annette Curtis Klause

Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother.  Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?

 

Dracula

by Bram Stoker 

 

This is the original vampire story. A young lawyer finds himself imprisoned in a Transylvanian castle by his mysterious host. Back at home, his fiancé and friends are menaced by an evil force which is causing immense suffering and destruction.
 

Zombies

The End Games

by T. Michael Martin

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.

 

 

Zom-B

by Darren Shan

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's father thinks it's a hoax—that is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through his school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

 

Rot & Ruin

by Jonathan Maberry

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

 

The Enemy

by Charlie Higson

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

Z

by Michael Thomas Ford 

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.
 

 

Bad Taste in Boys

by Carrie Harris 

Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school's football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.

 

Boneshaker

by Cherie Priest 

Inventor Leviticus Blue created a machine that accidentally destroyed Seattle’s banking district and uncovered a vein of Blight Gas that turned everyone into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue’s widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that’s been built around the uninhabitable city, and her teenage son, Zeke, decides to go set things right.

 

The Boy Who Couldn't Die

by William Sleator 

When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.

 

Cold Kiss

by Amy Garvey 

When her boyfriend is killed in a car accident, Wren Darby uses her hidden powers to bring him back from the dead, never imagining the consequences that will result from her decision.
 

Dearly, Departed

by Lia Habel 

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

 

The Death Collector

by Justin Richards 

Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

 

Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable, Undead

by Chris Pauls 

Join Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle as they desperately try to contain a zombie virus that boarded with the 2200 passengers sailing to New York. In a few short days at sea, the glorious, shining Titanic turns into a Victorian blood bath, steaming at top speed towards a gigantic iceberg. The Titanic: ...Unsinkable. Undead.

 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

 

Unforsaken

by Sophie Littlefield 

Having learned that she has powers both to heal people and to create zombies, sixteen-year-old Hailey is trying to lead a fairly normal life with her brother and aunt in Milwaukee, but when she attempts to contact her boyfriend, she brings dangerous villains--both alive and undead--to her doorstep.

 

The Cellar

by A.J. Whitten 

Seventeen-year-old Meredith Willis has seen the monstrous truth about her new next-door neighbor, Adrien, who is wildly popular at school and her sister Heather’s new love interest, but trying to stop him could be fatal.
 

Generation Dead

by Dan Waters

When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.
 

 

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It

by Adam Selzer 

Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.
 

Never Slow Dance With a Zombie

by Ehrich van Lowe 

When most of their high school classmates turn into flesh-eating zombies, Margot and best friend Sybil see an opportunity to finally become popular and find boyfriends--if they can stay alive.

 

Zombies Don't Cry

by Rusty Fischer 

After being hit by lightning on her way to a party, Maddy awakens happy to be alive, but soon realizes she's become one of the living dead.
 

Warm Bodies

by Isaac Marion 

R is having a no-life crisis--he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but then he meets a girl. First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R's gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl--although she looks delicious--he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can't imagine, and their hopeless world won't change without a fight.
 

Zombie Winter

by Jason Strange 

After a crazed lunch lady begins turning his middle school population into zombies, Kane finds himself the only person capable of saving his community.

 

Zombiekins

by Kevin Bolger 

Stanley buys a weird stuffed animal at the yard sale of a woman rumored to be a witch, and soon he and his friend Miranda are trying to save their schoolmates from becoming zombies.
 

Alice in Zombieland

by Gena Showalter 

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust bad boy Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith 

As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Guys Read

Breathing Underwater

by Alex Flinn

Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

 

Can't Get There From Here

by Todd Strasser 

Tired of being hungry, cold, and dirty from living on the streets of New York City with a tribe of other homeless teenagers who are dying, one by one, a girl named Maybe ponders her future and longs for someone to care about her.
 

Chameleon

by Charles Smith 

The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.
 

Crackback

by John Coy 

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

 

Give a Boy a Gun

by Todd Strasser 

Interweaves the voices of students, teachers, friends, and gunmen in a fictional story about two heavily armed students, Gary and Brendan, who hold their classmates hostage at a high school dance after being tormented by football players and teachers.

 

Gym Candy

by Carl Deuker 

 

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

 

Hoops

by Walter Dean Myers 

A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.
 

 

The Hoopster

by Alan Lawrence Sitomer 

 

Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager who loves to play basketball, is happy about his summer internship at a magazine, but his life is unexpectedly changed by a random act of violence.

 

Messed Up

by Janet Nichols Lynch 

Fifteen-year-old RD is repeating the eighth grade, planning to have an easy year, but after his grandmother walks out, her boyfriend is no longer able to care for him, which leaves RD to fend for himself while avoiding being caught.

 

Monster

by Walter Dean Myers  

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

 

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton 

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
 

Shattering Glass

by Gail Giles

When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.
 

Skate

by Michael Harmon 

Facing a disintegrating home life and trouble at school, teenager Ian McDermott runs away with his younger brother to Washington State in search of safety, justice, and their long-absent father.

 

Slam!

by Walter Dean Myers  

Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

Split

by Swati Avasthi 

A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
 

 

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen 

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

 

The Beasties

by William Sleator 

When fifteen-year-old Doug and his younger sister Colette move with their parents to a forested wilderness area, they encounter some weird creatures whose lives are endangered.

 

 

Croak

by Gina Damico 

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

 

Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)

by Heather Brewer 

For thirteen years Vlad has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire than he could have guessed.
 

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card 

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer games. But in reality he is being trained to be the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy.

 

The Enemy

by Charles Higson 

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

Gone

by Michael Grant 

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

 

 

 

The Hunt

by Andrew Fukuda 

Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

by Rick Riordan 

 

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

 

 

The Recruit (CHERUB)

by Robert Muchamore 

James is recruited into CHERUB, a secret division of MI5 which consists of teenage spies. He successfully completes his training and goes on his first mission.

 

Rot & Ruin

by Jonathan Maberry 

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

SilverFin (Young Bond)

by Charles Higson 

Young James Bond, while attending boarding school at Eton in the 1930s, must battle against an insane arms dealer who, by using killer eels, is attempting to create a race of indestructible soldiers on the eve of World War II.

 

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)

by Anthony Horowitz 

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
 

Tiger (The Five Ancestors)

by Jeffrey Stone

Twelve-year-old Fu and his temple brothers Malao, Seh, Hok, and Long don’t know who their parents were. Raised from infancy by their grandmaster, they think of their temple as their home and their fellow warrior monks—their “temple brothers”—as their family. Then one terrible night, the temple is destroyed. Fu and his brothers are the only survivors. Charged by their grandmaster to uncover the secrets of their past, the five flee into the countryside and go their separate ways.

 

Zom-B

by Darren Shan

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's father thinks it's a hoax--but even if it isn't, the two of them joke, it's only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive. 

 Humorous Stories

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie 

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

 

The Adventures of Blue Avenger

 

by Norma Howe 

On his sixteenth birthday, still trying to cope with the unexpected death of his father, David Schumacher decides--or does he--to change his name to Blue Avenger, hoping to find a way to make a difference in his Oakland neighborhood and in the world.

 

Big Nate: In a Class By Himself

 

by Lincoln Peirce 

Confident middle-school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.

 

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

 

by Jo Nesbo 

New friends Nilly and Lisa help eccentric professor Doctor Proctor to develop his latest invention, a powder that makes one fart, making them very popular at school, but someone is planning to steal the industrial-strength formula for evil purposes.

 

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

 

by Jordan Sonnenblick 

When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.

 

Evil Genius

 

by Catherine Jinks 

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

 

 

Fat Kid Rules the World

 

by Kelly Going 

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

 

Fat Vampire

 

by Adam Rex 

After being bitten by a vampire, not only is fifteen-year-old Doug doomed eternally to be fat, but now he must also save himself from the desperate host of a public-access-cable vampire-hunting television show that is on the verge of cancellation.

 

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

 

by Alan Silberberg 

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One-Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

 

Nastybook

 

by Barry Yourgrau 

Forty-three stories feature such characters as guardian angels who run away from their charges, witches who use the Internet to stalk their victims, and pandas who work as assassins.

 

National Espionage, Rescue and Defense (NERDS)

 

by Michael Buckley 

While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.

 

No More Dead Dogs

by Gordon Korman 

Eighth-grade football hero Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

 

Notes from the Midnight Driver

by Jordan Sonnenblick 

After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends an old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.
 

 

Okay for Now

by Gary Schmidt 

Fourteen-year-old Doug faces an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, and suspicious teachers and police officers, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he finds a safe place at the local library.

 

Son of the Mob

by Gordon Korman 

Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

 

Surviving the Applewhites

by Stephanie Tolan 

Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

 

Swim the Fly

by Don Calame 

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, set themselves a summertime goal to see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date.
 

 

Wednesday Wars

by Gary Schmidt 

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

 

 

Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

For more books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, consider these books below:

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

by Lincoln Peirce

Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.

 

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

by Rachel Renee Russell 

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

by Liz Pichon

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks, spilt water, lightning ... Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his "Camping Sucks" holiday story, Tom’s work starts to go downhill, which is a pity, as he’s desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him...

 

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

by James Patterson

When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent", to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

 

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf

by Jennifer Holm

Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year!

 

Bully Bait (The Odd Squad)

by Michael Fry 

When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself, along with two other misfits, joining the school's lamest club: Safety Patrol.

 

The Loser List

by H.N. Kowitt 

When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught -- and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep?

 

Stick Dog

by Tom Watson 

Stick Dog and his four friends - Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen - will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park!

 

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

by Alan Silberberg 

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One-Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

 

Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone

by Margie Palatini

Zoey, who is about to enter middle school, is becoming increasingly concerned about her "coolability" and seeks a fairy godmother to alter her image.

 

The Popularity Papers

by Amy Ignatow 

Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.

 

The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez: Friends Forever?

by Diana Gallagher 

Only the cool kids make the cheerleading squad, and Claudia and her friends aren't very cool. So it comes as a shock when Monica, one of Claudia's best friends, decides to try out. When Claudia tries to talk Monica out of it, Monica gets upset. Can Claudia support her friend, even if she knows Monica won't make the team?

 

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

by Stephan Pastis 

Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.

 

Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry

by Josh Lewis 

When Fern Goldberg arrives at Bert Lahr Elementary School, he's just an average kid. Then he falls into the green liquid inside the pool-type container behind Bogie's Burger Barn. Now whenever his skin comes into contact with condiments, he transforms into a bona fide deep-fried superhero who's not afraid to take on villains great and small. And that includes the giant, mutant french fry that threatens to crush the whole school beneath its massive, starchy feet.

 

SweetFarts

by Raymond Bean 

Keith, tired of being accused of farting up a storm at school, comes up with a science fair project idea to turn the foul smell of human gas into something pleasant, but his plans backfire when his project causes a stink at home and at school.

 

My Life as a Book

by Janet Tashijan 

Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

 

My Life as a Stuntboy

by Janet Tashijan

Twelve-year-old Derek Fallon has the opportunity of a lifetime - to perform stunts in a movie featuring a popular twelve-year-old star –but complications arise involving his best friend, a capuchin monkey, and Derek's chronic inability to concentrate on schoolwork.

 

Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School): A Novel in Doodles

by Karen Romano Young 

Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister is growing popularity, and tensions between her parents Good thing Doreen has her doodle journal!

 

Weird Stuff

by Richard Tulloch

Having borrowed an unusual pen from a friend, Brian Hobble is shocked when he can write with great dramatic flare, yet when the attention of a special girl stops him from giving up the pen, Brian believes that something bad will result from that decision.

 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

by Tom Angleberger 

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

 

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days

by Rob Reger 

Emily the Strange has lost her memory and finds herself in the town of Blackrock with nothing more than her diary, her slingshot, and the clothes on her back.

 

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire

by Tim Collins 

Nigel Mullet, a 100-year-old vampire doomed to spend eternity in the body of a socially awkward fifteen-year-old boy, records his attempts to impress the love of his life, Chloe, while battling an embarrassingly overwhelming desire to sink his fangs into her.

 

Wonkenstein: The Creature from My Closet

by Obert Skye 

Twelve-year-old Rob has stuffed his closet with old laboratory experiments, unread books, and more, and when a creature emerges from that chaos causing a great deal of trouble, Rob has to do such horrible things as visit a library and speak at a school assembly to set things right again.

 

Dragonbreath

by Ursula Vernon 

Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks - and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.