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. 

Middle Reader options

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399187360
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Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2020

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593225233
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 7th, 2020

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies #2 Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593225240
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 7th, 2020

Wink Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984815149
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Published: Dial Books - March 31st, 2020

A Good Kind of Trouble Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062836694
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 16th, 2020

Confessions of a Dork Lord Cover Image
By Mike Johnston, Marta Altés (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781524740818
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Rick Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338048100
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 21st, 2020

The Book of Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062686213
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 5th, 2020

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023627
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - May 5th, 2020

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (FunJungle) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534443754
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

Something to Say Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836717
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Published: Balzer + Bray - July 14th, 2020

Quintessence Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374309763
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 28th, 2020

Treasures of the Twelve Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062821300
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Published: HarperCollins - July 28th, 2020

All Together Now (Eagle Rock Series #2) Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Hope Larson (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780374313654
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 4th, 2020

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681196022
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 4th, 2020

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493888
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368049177
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 4th, 2020

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419749094
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 4th, 2020

Fighting Words Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815682
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Published: Dial Books - August 11th, 2020

The Usual Suspects Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062796325
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 11th, 2020

Ikenga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Mask (The League of Secret Heroes #2) Cover Image
By Kate Hannigan, Patrick Spaziante (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534439146
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Published: Aladdin - August 18th, 2020

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket (Mr. Lemoncello's Library) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525647744
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

The Shadow Crosser (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368052771
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 1st, 2020

Before the Ever After Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

The Circus of Stolen Dreams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593202067
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Published: Philomel Books - September 1st, 2020

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425290453
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1st, 2020

Witches of Brooklyn Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593119273
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 1st, 2020

Millionaires for the Month Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593175255
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

A Whale of the Wild Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062995926
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2020

Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781681191102
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 8th, 2020

The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984835345
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Séance Tea Party Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

Pages & Co.: The Map of Stories Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984837325
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Published: Philomel Books - September 22nd, 2020

Spindlefish and Stars Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316496018
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Maya and the Rising Dark Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328635181
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425290453
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1st, 2020

The Bootlace Magician Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525552642
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Published: Puffin Books - September 29th, 2020

Planet Omar: Unexpected Super Spy Cover Image
By Zanib Mian, Nasaya Mafaridik (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593109243
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Whispering Pines Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534460478
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 1st, 2020

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534426627
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Published: Aladdin - September 15th, 2020

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534424777
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Roll with It Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534442566
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Saucy Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Marianna Raskin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442412781
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 29th, 2020

Tune It Out Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457003
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Keeper of the Lost Cities Illustrated & Annotated Edition: Book One Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534479845
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Published: Aladdin - August 4th, 2020

Kenny & the Book of Beasts (Kenny & the Dragon) Cover Image
By Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416983163
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368042383
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 6th, 2020

Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: jimmy patterson - October 5th, 2020

Caterpillar Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781547603145
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 6th, 2020

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780358244417
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Published: Versify - September 8th, 2020

The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358256199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Closer to Nowhere Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108611
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Spy School Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534443785
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

The Other, Better Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062835666
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Published: HarperCollins - October 13th, 2020

When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

The Last Mirror on the Left (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358129417
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Published: Versify - October 20th, 2020

Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338591385
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: MinaLima Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) Cover Image
$37.99
ISBN: 9781338596700
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 20th, 2020

Quidditch Through the Ages: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter) Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781338340563
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 6th, 2020

His Dark Materials: Serpentine Cover Image
By Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593377680
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2020

The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419748684
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 27th, 2020

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508957
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 27th, 2020

The Ickabog Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781338732870
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - November 10th, 2020

Mythopedia: An Encyclopedia of Mythical Beasts and Their Magical Tales Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786276919
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - September 15th, 2020

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140008
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Unlocked Book 8.5 (Keeper of the Lost Cities) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781534463424
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Published: Aladdin - November 17th, 2020

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733329293
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Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020