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Middle School - 2012 Kids' Summer Reading List

Middle School Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 6-8)

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Bloodline Rising, by Katy Moran (Candlewick, $16.99)

In this companion novel to Bloodline, master thief Cai is waylaid by his rivals and sold into slavery. Taken from Constantinople to Britain, Cai becomes mired in complex loyalties. 336 pages.

Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, $16.99)

Wahoo’s father Mickey is a well-known animal wrangler. He allows the TV show Expedition Survival! to film on the family’s Everglades property, but must come to the rescue of the bumbling star. 294 pages.

City of Orphans, by Avi (Jackson/Atheneum. $17.99)

In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old newsie Maks must find a way to free his wrongly imprisoned sister. A detective, a lawyer, and orphan Willa help him uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery. 355 pages.

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos (Farrar, $15.99)

In 1962, Jack’s summer job typing obituaries keeps him busy as the elderly citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, drop like flies. Gothic comedy meets richly layered semi-autobiographical tale. 341 pages.

Goliath [Leviathan Trilogy], by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson (Simon Pulse/Simon, $19.99)   

In this steampunk trilogy ender, airship Leviathan picks up inventor Nikola Tesla. Alek believes reuniting Tesla with his electrical weapon Goliath can stop World War I. 545 pages.

The Obsidian Blade [Klaatu Diskos series], by Pete Hautman (Candlewick, $16.99)

Created as an entertainment in a distant future, diskos are windows to points in human history. Tucker enters one of these portals to look for his missing parents, beginning a dangerous journey through the millennia. 311 pages.

Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate, by Rick Bowers (National Geographic, $16.95)

In 1946, the producers of the Superman radio show deployed their character's popularity in a campaign against bigotry. Bower traces the creation and history of the superhero as well as the rise, fall, and resurgence of the K.K.K. 160 pages.

Withering Tights, by Louise Rennison (HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $16.99)   

Fourteen-year-old Brit Tallulah is attending a performing arts summer school. Her madcap adventures, literary musings, and hilariously naïve inner monologues are all highly entertaining. 275 pages.

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