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Finding appealing and accessible books for reluctant middle school readers just got easier. The experts at Junior Library Guild picked 6 outstanding, high-interest books as part of our High-Interest Reading Middle Plus Category. These titles feature fiction and nonfiction stories perfect for readers who have difficulty finding subject matter that interests them.

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      The Island of Monsters: Spirit Hunters #2

      by Ellen Oh

      Dec 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Harper's family vacations at a tropical island resort that has been rebuilt to shrug off its dark and violent past. But Harper knows from experience that evil spirits don’t rest easily.

      Whatshisface

      by Gordon Korman

      Nov 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      When Cooper moves—yet again—he receives a new smartphone to stay in touch with old friends. When a boy from Elizabethan England calls, Cooper realizes that his phone isn’t buggy and unpredictable; it’s haunted!

      The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)

      by Ben Thompson

      Oct 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Time line. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and reproductions. America’s journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, America had barely crossed the great Space Race’s starting line. Later that year, the first US attempt was such a failure that the media nicknamed it “Kaputnik.”

      Margot and Mateo Save the World

      by Darcy Miller

      Oct 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      When Margot removes a bright blue slug alien attached to Mateo’s back, the school-play costars know one thing: it’s definitely not going to be a regular day at West Cove Middle School.

      All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

      by Emily Jenkins

      Oct 2018

      Primary Plus

      Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.
      Yiddish glossary. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. List of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family books. Sources. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

      The Wright Brothers: Nose-diving into History

      by Ben Thompson

      Sep 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      The Wright Brothers are the heroes of powered, piloted flight. But it took the self-taught engineers years of work and countless crashes before they managed to remain airborne for a mere twelve seconds. Time line. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white illustrations and photographs.

      Breakout

      by Kate Messner

      Sep 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek—two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.
      Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics—a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project—Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who’s really welcome in the places we call home.
      Author’s note. Suggestions for further reading. Black-and-white illustrations.
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