I'm Bored! Books for Middle Readers

"I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I’m sick of not being able to go anywhere or see my friends!” We hear you, kids, and we understand. Middle school sucks and as adults we will never forget that “special” time. But we can attest that finding those great books will save your tween from boredom and stay with them forever.  Now is the perfect time to get your kid back into reading. The best middle reader books understand the difficult issues your child is encountering with friends and classmates and help them deal with them with empathy and authenticity. They can also be a rollicking fun escape full of adventure! These books are aimed at children 8-12. We have compiled a list of recommendations including at least a few that are sure to grab your child’s attention, whatever their interests and personality. 

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

Little Women (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408766
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616207465
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

The Last Kids on Earth Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780670016617
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2015

Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023566
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 19th, 2019

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Coo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

Keeper of the Lost Cities Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442445949
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Published: Aladdin - August 6th, 2013

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

The Secret Keepers Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316389549
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Dragonslayer (Wings of Fire: Legends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338214604
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

The Magic Misfits Cover Image
By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316355575
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Egg and Spoon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763680169
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

Snow & Rose Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553538212
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Published: Yearling - October 1st, 2019

The Unwanteds Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442407695
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Aladdin - July 10th, 2012

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling - June 24th, 2014

Old Yeller Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064403825
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2003

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142401118
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

The Doldrums Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062320957
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 3rd, 2017

The 13-Story Treehouse: Monkey Mayhem! (The Treehouse Books #1) Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250070654
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Published: Square Fish - April 7th, 2015

Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

Rat Rule 79: An Adventure Cover Image
By Rivka Galchen, Elena Megalos (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632060990
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Published: Restless Books - September 24th, 2019

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368039932
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 15th, 2019

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399187353
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545952781
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Dragon Pearl Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368014748
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 7th, 2020

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534426597
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Aladdin - October 22nd, 2019

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel #1) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547600564
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

The Legend of Greg (An Epic Series of Failures #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524739744
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Published: Puffin Books - May 21st, 2019

Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524772840
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Published: Yearling - March 10th, 2020

My Brigadista Year Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536202236
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

The Ghost in Apartment 2R Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525645719
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062414168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

Bunnicula: 40th Anniversary Edition (Bunnicula and Friends) Cover Image
By James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534435933
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

The Only Black Girls in Town Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The Wild Robot Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

The Wild Robot Escapes Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316479264
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

The Graveyard Book Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060530945
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Published: HarperCollins - December 24th, 2018

Apocalypse Taco Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419733734
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 26th, 2019

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780439846813
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Published: Graphix - January 1st, 2008

Aster and the Accidental Magic Cover Image
By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593118849
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 3rd, 2020

Cardboard Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545418737
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Published: Graphix - August 1st, 2012