2010 FCPS & FCPL Suggested Reading List Grades 6 - 8

2010 Frederick County Public Libraries & Frederick County Public Schools Suggested Reading for Grades 6 - 8


  • Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
  • Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
  • Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
  • Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline Cooney  


  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Indian in the Cupboard by L.R. Banks
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raski
  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry 
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) by Rick Riordan 
  • Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
  • Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Gatekeeper Series by Anthony Horowitz
  • H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
  • Thornspell by Helen Lowe
  • Dragon's Keep by Janet Carey  

Graphic Novels

  • Bone series by Jeff Smith
  • Diary of A Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf : A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale
  • Into the Volcano by Don Wood

Historical Fiction

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Fly Girl by Sherri Smith
  • Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
  • Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Spy! by Anna Myers
  • Someone Named Eva by Joan Wolf
  • The Diary of Laura's Twin by Kathy Kacer  


  • London Eye Mystery by S. Dowd  
  • Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
  • I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
  • The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • The Postcard by Tony Abbott

Realistic Fiction

  • The Secret Language of Girls and the Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • All Shook Up by Shelly Pearchall
  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
  • The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord 
  • Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin  

 Science Fiction

  • Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1, series) by John Flanagan
  • Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix  

Short Stories/Poetry

  • Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
  • She's All That!: Poems about Girls selected by Belinda Hollyer
  • Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
  • Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni
  • The Surrender Tree:Poems of Cuba 's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States by Lori Carlson
  • Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life by Allan Wolf


  • Bodies from the Ice by James Deem
  • What the World Eats by Peter Menzel
  • Chasing Lincoln 's Killer by James Swanson
  • 3 Cups of Tea by Sara Thompson
  • One Well : the Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss
  • Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker
  • The Way We Work : Getting to Know the Human Body by David Macaulay
  • Teens Cook Dessert by Megan & Jill Carle 
  • We Are The Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  • All Stations! Distress! April 15, 1912, the Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown  

Short Books for Tall Readers

  • Bluford High Series by Ann Schraff or Paul Langan
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
  • 39 Clues Series by various authors


  • Houdini: The Handcuff King by John Grogan 
  • Knucklehead by Jon Scieska
  • Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman
  • Barack Obama: 44th U.S. President by Tom Robinson 


  • Six Innings by James Preller
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
  • Off Season by Catherine Murdock
  • Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
  • The Big Field by Mike Lupica 

Scary Stories

  • The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein 
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
  • Curse of the Campfire Weenies: and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Oldies but Goodies

  • Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Blood Red Horse series by K. M. Grant
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Inkspell series by Cornelia Funke
  • Hidden Talents by David Lubar

Audio Books

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Bloody Jack Adventure Series by L.A. Meyer 
  • The Compound by S.A. Bodeen