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.

Dr. Clayton

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.

Ms. Duet

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Coach Coogan

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Ms. Greer

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Ms. Carter

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Refugee, by Alan Gratz; The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

Ms Fitzgerald

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Mr. Thompson

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Mr. Gauthier

The Harry Potter Series or The Percy Jackson Series

Ms. Riess

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

Ms. Alexander

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Ms. Mann

The View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg

For Access to Our Digital Library

Sign into clever ( – 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!

Ms. Moreau

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – the first book in the Gallagher Girls series about girls who go to a boarding school for spies
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – fantasy, the first book in the Inkheart trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath)
Sammy Keyes (series) by Wendelin Van Draanen  – a comedy/mystery series told from the perspective of seventh-grader, Sammy Keyes
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – a great read and the movie was released earlier this month on Disney+

Ms. Manzanares, Ms. Garcia, and Mr. Toscano

6th grade:  Los agujeros negros by Reyes

7th grade:  La peor señora del mundo by AzuelaFernando Benítez

 8th grade:  Yaqui Delgado quiere darte una paliza by Meg MedinaTeresa Mlawer


Dr. Bohn

Below, you will find some French books with the free online link:
-FOR ALL THE FRENCH READERS: Le Petit Prince, d’Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
-FOR THE 6th: L’Odyssée, Homère (traduction en français),
-FOR THE 7th: Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours, Jules Verne,
-FOR THE 8th: Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo,

More books are coming...Check back soon!