2011 FCPS & FCPL Suggested Reading List Grades 6 - 8

2011 Frederick County Public Libraries & Frederick County Public Schools Suggested Reading for Grades 6 - 8


  • Getting Air by Dan Gutman
  • Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
  • The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • Shark Girl by Kelly L. Bingham
  • The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
  • Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series)
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • The Battle for Duncragglin by Andrew H. Vanderwal
  • Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem


  • Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (The Ender series)
  • House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques (Redwall series)
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Fantasy/Science Fiction

  • Green by Laura Peyton Roberts
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (series)
  • 100 Cupboards by Nathan D. Wilson (series)
  • Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson
  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (series)
  • Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)
  • Jolted, Newton Starkers Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Graphic Novels

  • Ramp Rats by Liam O'Donnell
  • Jellaby by Kean Soo (series)
  • Into the Volcano by Don Wood
  • The Shadow Door by Bannister (The Elsewhere Chronicles series)
  • Whistle! by Higuchi Daisuke (series)
  • Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh
  • Warriors: The Lost Warrior by Dan Jolley (Warriors series)
  • Kampung Boy by Lat

Historical Fiction

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
  • The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
  • The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
  • Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant
  • The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones by Helen Hemphill
  • Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine
  • The Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan
  • Time of the Witches by Anna Myers
  • Flygirl by Sherri Smith
  • Someone Named Eva by Joan Wolf


  • Clash of the Demons by Joseph Delaney (The Last Apprentice series)
  • The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (The Crossroads series)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (series)
  • The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki
  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  • Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls series)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Closed for the Season: a Mystery Story by Mary Downing Hahn
  • Death in the Air by Shane Peacock (The Boy Sherlock Holmes series)
  • The Intruders by E. E. Richardson

Non Fiction & Biography

  • Three Cups of Tea by Sara Thomson
  • Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From by Catherine Thimmesh
  • The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner
  • Written in Bone : Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker
  • 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
  • Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes
  • Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Nelson
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose


  • Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • The Truth About the Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
  • Schooled by Gordon Korman
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall
  • North of Beautiful by Justina Headley
  • Gamer Girl by Marianne Mancusi
  • After, Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee
  • After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Skinny Books/Quick Read

  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (series)
  • The Michigan Mega-Monsters by Johnathan Rand (American Chillers series)
  • The Viper’s Nest by Peter Lerangis (39 Clues series)
  • Lost and Found by Anne Schraff (Bluford High series)
  • Cats of the Clans by Erin Hunter (Warriors series)
  • In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Misadventures by David Lubar
  • Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (Vampire Kisses series)
  • I Can't Keep My Own Secrets : Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure : from Smith Magazine by Rachel Fershleiser


  • Box Out by John Coy
  • Crackback by John Coy
  • Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
  • Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein
  • Stepping Up by Mark Fink
  • Bug Boy by Eric Luper
  • Boost by Kathryn Mackel
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock (series)
  • Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
  • Saturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver
  • Bull Rider by Suzanne Williams



Created by:
Julie Dixon (FCPS)
Kim Gessner (FCPL)
Robin Goetz (FCPL)
Tara Lebherz (FCPL)