Eighth graders can be a tough crowd to choose books for. They’re still middle schoolers but their taste in books is probably somewhere in between middle grade books and young adult novels. Therefore, this list of realistic fiction books for 8th graders includes a mix of middle grade and YA books! Whether your 8th graders like historical fiction, sweet romance, K-dramas, thrillers, graphic novels, or verse novels, there’s a book for them on this list!
Rosie’s dad wants her to play racquetball even though she says she wants no part and has no interest. He used to love it when he was a kid and he pushes Rosie to improve by constantly critiquing her game. But Rosie has a bad attitude about the sport because of the pressure he puts on her. Blair is a new student with a warm family who are all into racquetball and Rosie wants her to compete in her behalf. But as Rosie hangs out with Blair’s family away from her father’s harsh supervision, she realizes what it means to play for fun.
Few things are as enthralling as a good mystery. If you’re looking for great mystery books for 6th graders, this is the list for you. On this list of 6th grade mystery books, you’ll find different kinds of mysteries. There are cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, spy adventure mysteries, and many more options to match your mystery book preferences.
Pedro Martin and his family of 11 (NINE kids!) decide to drive from the US to Mexico to pick up his aging Abuelo and bring him to the US with them. Along the way, they encounter corrupt border patrol officers, diarrhea-inducing milk, bad haircuts, stories of his Abuelo’s past, and plenty of family.
Welcome to a brand new month! If you’re wondering which new middle grade books are out in September 2023, this is the post for you. September is a notoriously release heavy month and this year is no different. I’ve read several of these books but a few on this list are yet TBR. You’ll find a delightful mix of fiction and non-fiction, books for upper middle grade readers and some for younger middle grade readers. There are also historical fiction and contemporary realistic options with some verse novels thrown in.
It’s 1944 and Dory’s father has been joined the US Army in World War II, leaving behind 12-year-old Dory and her brothers, Fish (17) and Pike (7) with the parting words that the neighborhood will always give them what they need. So far, her father’s words have been true, with the neighborhood Italian restaurant Caputo’s offering them one free dinner a week and their neighbor sending them Polish food. But when the new landlord demands to see their father if they want to keep living there, the kids are in a fix.