Are you the parent of a reluctant reader? Does your middle schooler struggle with getting through an entire book?
It’s tough to interest your tween in reading when they are either (A) having trouble with reading or (B) haven’t found a book to really spark their interest.
This list of six easy books to read for middle schoolers will help them to develop their skills, as well as encourage a lifelong love of reading (which has a lot of brain benefits!)
6 Easy Books to Read for Middle Schoolers
Traditions of Their Fathers by Cory Ellsworth
Traditions of Their Fathers is book one in the four part Sieger Chronicles series, which follows the harrowing dystopian adventures of teenager Benjamin True Sieger. Offering an insightful look at emotion, character, and power, Traditions of Their Fathers will have your tweens laughing, crying, and completely hooked on phonics. Buy it here.
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Middle schoolers will relate to this coming-of-age story about a boy who stutters in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life.
Little Man throws the meanest fastball in town. But talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering—not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he’s not exactly looking forward to interacting with the customers. But it’s the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, who stirs up real trouble in Little Man’s life. Buy it here.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a “potential lunatic,” and whose mother disappeared.
As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold—the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother. Tweens will become enthralled with this wild tale that’s both funny and bittersweet. Buy it here.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Introduce your middle schoolers to this classic and easy-to-read novel about a young girl who stumbles upon a family’s stunning secret about immortality.
Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences of never growing older.
Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret―and whether to join them on their never-ending journey. Buy it here.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Tweens love this novel by Carl Hiaasen which chronicles a hilarious Floridian adventure involving new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more.
Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody except the colony of cute, endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter? It’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s easy to digest: perfect for any struggling or reluctant reader. Buy it here.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
Before Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games trilogy, she wrote The Underland Chronicles. This series is less violent than The Hunger Games (which is great for tweens!), but just as captivating for middle school readers.
This series follows the adventures of a young boy who accidentally falls down a manhole and ends up journeying through the city’s underbelly. Buy it here.
Use this list to remind your tweens that reading is fun – especially when it becomes easier.
Just like with everything, reading becomes easier with practice. But if your reluctant reader has had some bad experiences, help them to love reading again with these six easy books to read for middle schoolers.
Reading is a necessary part of life – but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bore!
Make reading fun again this summer by introducing your tweens to a few novels on this list. They might even start picking out a few of their own!
Looking for more easy books to read for middle schoolers? Dive into all four novels of The Sieger Chronicles! This latest dystopian saga will have you (and your tweens) gripping the edge of your seat at every page. Buy on Amazon today!