Below you will find book recommendations from our Westdale Middle School staff!
Although these books are rated appropriate for Middle School students, parents should decide for themselves whether or not a particular book is appropriate for their child. If a child is struggling with current events, you may want to choose lighter, happier stories.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Nine-year-old girl deals with discrimination and financial challenges during the Great Depression.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Coming of age story set in approximately the 1960s about friendship, loyalty and a tough life that draws conflict between a rich gang and another gang on the margins of regular society.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Timely story told through the voice and lens of a teenage girl about family, society, racism, police brutality, relationships, and injustices in our world today.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Refugee, by Alan Gratz; The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The Harry Potter Series or The Percy Jackson Series
Courage to Soar by Simone Biles
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
For Access to Our Digital Library
Sign into clever (www.clever.com) – go to library – there is the MACKIN VIA app which is all the eBooks that the school has access to.
These books can be read online: read alouds, audiobooks and online books. You can also set the tab to read in the AR levels!