Bucket List Middle-Grade Books

There are lots of books published every single day that are amazing, but today I’m doing a throwback on the books I loved as a kid that I really wish kids would still read today (if they don’t). This list doesn’t include middle-grade or kid books that I’ve read recently, even though those can be awesome as well. For a list of books reviewed on TRT that I loved, I would recommend looking at the Books I Recommend page. Age range for this list varies from about 9 – 13.

  • When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park. 11+.
  • Holes by Louis Sachar. 10+.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 10+.
  • The Hobbit (really anything by J.R.R. Tolkien). 10+.
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. 9+.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 12+.
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 10+.
  • Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. 10+
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. 11+
  • From The Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler. 9+
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl. 9+
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. 9+
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 10+
  • The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. 10+
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. 11+
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. 9+
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. 11+
  • Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. 12+
  • The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. 10+
  • Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. 10+
  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine. 12+
  • The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. 10+
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen. 11+
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. 10+
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. 11+
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. 10+
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. 11+
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. 10+
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. 10+
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. 10+
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. 11+
  • Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. 9+
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 9+
  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D’Aulaire and Edgar D’Aulaire. 10+
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. 9+
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. 10+

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