9 Book Recommendations for Middle and High School Students (MD/UD)

Once a month we will be sharing our favorite books for all levels of school-aged children from our very own experts, our librarians.

This month, Mr. Jay Gibson, our Director of Library Services shares his list of favorite books for Middle and Upper Division students.


All of these series are set in their own universes. The books take readers into new worlds, filled with special characters, and leave readers thinking… and hugely entertained!


The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

I can recommend any of these books because they are engaging mysteries, they have good character development, action and suspense, and they are funny and quick witted. Artemis Fowl is an engaging anti-hero, who begins as an evil criminal mastermind, but evolves into something more as the series continues.

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The Hunger Games Series – by Suzanne Collins

This author succeeds in making the reader want to know more about a dystopian society. The popularity of these books is based on fine writing, great action, good characters and a compelling examination of morality in society.

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The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Each of the books in this series has danger, suspense, and action, and each book is filled with the consequences of choices the heroine, sixteen year old Beatrice Prior, makes that drive the story. It is also a very thought provoking story, growing from a premise of where what we choose to be can lead.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

An adventure in greek mythology.

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The Heroes of Olympus Series – by Rick Riordan

This series, and the Heroes of Olympus Series, is a wonderfully fun, exciting and creative blending of Greek and Roman mythology with the present. Riordan takes the aspect s of the Greek gods to logical and thoughtful conclusions, and the reader learns about mythology, and the reasons the myths are important, as the stories unfold. These are also very, very funny!

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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Rowling created an entire universe for her characters (and us) to play in, and the quality of the stories and the characters is why these books are so popular. They appeal to readers of any age, but teenagers understand Harry better than anyone else can.

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

This is a famous classic about Jonas, a boy who lives in a utopia where there is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. The sequels to The Giver were written some years later, in response to reader’s requests, and they continue the stories of Jonas’ world.

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The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This series is an urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre. It is filled with romance, loss, honor, and betrayal, and rich characters. The books also mix hip, modern humor with traditional fantasy.

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His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman

These three novels in this series follow two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they journey through multiple universes and worlds, in what becomes an epic confrontation of good versus evil. The characters are unforgettable, and the story draws readers into an amazing adventure.

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