Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Subject in School

Books to Read Based on Subjects

What’s your favorite subject in school? Whether you prefer math or science or art, we’ve got the perfect recommendation for you!


Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

An ancient curse transports five adventurers from their magical realm to an average middle school – to break the curse return home, they’ll have to find a way to pass Algebra I!  


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The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy

When Rahul’s grandfather tells him “find one thing you’re really good at and become the BEST at it,” Rahul takes the challenge to heart! But what if he’s not the best at anything? 


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Case Closed by Lauren Magaziner

Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test with this choose-your-own-adventure style mystery!


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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Wayside is no ordinary school – from the teachers (watch out for Mrs. Gorf!) to the students (like Joe, who can’t count properly but always ends up with the correct answer), it’s an unusual place to say the least!  


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Language Arts

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Writing letters helps Zoe connect with her incarcerated father and discover the truth about the crime he says he never committed.  


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Nightbooks by J.A. White

Alex is imprisoned by a witch in a New York City apartment, and to stay alive he’ll have to write a new scary story to tell her each night.  


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Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard and Hermione Tankard

The unlikely friendship of an Elizabethan-era skeleton who speaks in iambic pentameter and the dog who digs him up is sure to delight Shakespeare fans! 








One Time by Sharon Creech

A young girl discovers the endless possibilities her future may hold with the help of an inspiring teacher and a single writing prompt. 


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Jo by Kathleen Gros

This contemporary graphic novel spin on the classic tale of Little Women will delight a brand new generation of readers.  








The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett

In a world where language is magic, three royal siblings set out to defeat their enemies and reclaim their stolen throne.  


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Everything Comes Next by Naomi Shihab Nye

Perfect for poetry fans, this collection features the acclaimed poems of Naomi Shihab Nye, the Young People’s Poet Laureate!   





You-niquely You: An Emmie & Friends Interactive Journal by Terri Libenson

Fans of the bestselling Emmie & Friends graphic novels can create and discover their own stories in this interactive journal that’s packed with quizzes, tips, and more!  







Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

When Sweet Pea finds herself filling in for the town’s newspaper advice columnist, she discovers the life-changing power of words – and good advice! 


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City of Gold by Will Hobbs

Set in the Wild West during the 1900s, one boy risks it all to save his family’s livelihood.  


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Great Escapes #1: Nazi Prison Camp Escape by Michael Burgan

In the first book of this daring historical fiction series, a Royal Canadian Air Force officer attempts escape from a German POW camp during WWII. 


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Action Presidents by Fred van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey

Real history meets fake jokes in these full-color graphic novels about of our nation’s founding fathers









A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

A moving story set during the Spanish Inquisition, about a young Jewish girl who travels across 15th century Spain with her grandfather to help save her people. 


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Soldier Dogs 

A historical fiction series inspired by the brave military dogs who helped Allied troops win World War II. 


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How Women Won the Vote by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The inspiring story of the First Women’s March of 1913 and of the trailblazing suffragists who paved the way for the passage of the 19th amendment 







Thank You For Voting Young Readers Edition by Erin Geiger Smith

A fascinating look into America’s voting history that will inspire young people to get involved! 


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Rainbow Revolutionaries by Sarah Prager

Explore the lives of fifty influential queer figures who have made a mark on every century of human existence. 









One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them and attend a summer day camp run by the Black Panthers.  


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Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker

PAX author Sara Pennypacker will steal your heart in this friendship story about a girl who wants to grow a garden, and a boy who loves to dream!  


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A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

Based on the real story of one wolf’s journey to find a safe place to call home, this story invites readers to imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth and get an up-close view of their eco-system. 


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We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly

Explores the science of space exploration and the bigger questions kids begin to think about in middle school—who am I, how do I fit it, what is my place in the universe? 


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In the Red by Chris Sweidler

A harrowing survival story about two friends stranded in the middle of the Martian desert with only their space suits and their wits to keep them alive. 


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Voyage of the Dogs by Greg van Eekhout

Dogs in space! Share this book with middle graders who enjoy stories about dogs, space adventures, or action adventure stories—or all three! 


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What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

While navigating family issues, a girl spends her summer working with an acclaimed astronomer to find his missing telescope.  


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A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry

young orca must lead her brother on a perilous journey while navigating an ever-changing sea landscape.  








The Endangereds by Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan

Four animals team up to take fate into their own paws and join forces to save endangered animals across the globe.  







The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian by Jonathan Messinger

A space adventure with STEM connections in which explorers build machines, solve logic puzzles, and investigate new species as they save the day 






 Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but is his past slowing him down? 









The Big Game by Tim Green

young football star grapples with the stress of living up to his father’s name and pressures to succeed in the classroom and on the field. 


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Home Games by Ben Markovits

When Ben moves from NYC to Austin, he joins the local basketball team…but can he find his place and learn how to stand his ground 


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Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer

Life is great for all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia, until she’s suddenly sent to another school and her winning streak is about to disappear—both on and off the field. 


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King of the Bench by Steve Moore

This hilarious and highly-illustrated novel is an ode to teammates, underdogs, and bench-warmers everywhere.


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I Got This (Expanded Edition) by Laurie Hernandez

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez shares her story about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. 








Odd Gods: The Oddlympics by David Slavin

The most unusual middle schooled-aged gods Mt. Olympus has ever known must go head-to-head with the Roman middle school for the first-ever Olympic games. 






Dough Boys by Paula Chase

Two best friends head down different paths as they juggle basketball, auditions, middle school, and their growing involvement in the local drug ring 


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Turning Point by Paula Chase

Mo’s a ballet dancer facing racial barriers, while her BFF Rasheeda tries to navigate her religious aunt’s strict rules – can they both find their footing?  


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Dan Unmasked by Chris Negron

After an accident at baseball practice leaves his best friend in a coma, Dan finds inspiration from his comic book hero and attempts to save the day. 


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Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson

Will Izzy’s love of the limelight be jeopardized by her struggle to maintain her schoolwork?  









Something To Say by Lisa Moore Ramée

Can Janae overcome her stage fright in order to make a difference to her school? 


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Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller

Two school-play co-stars must join forces to save their town (and possibly all of Earth) from an alien invasion! 


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Five Things About Ava Andrews by Margaret Dilloway

When shy Ava is recruited for an improv team based on her writing skills, she learns to overcome her anxiety and gains confidence to raise her voice.  


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New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jordan loves nothing more than drawing cartoons, but instead of sending him to art school, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private schoolwhere he’s one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. 








Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Emmie is known by her peers as being quiet, shy and artistic. But that’s all about to change on the fateful day that a secret note falls into the wrong hands… 








A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor

After her mother passes away, Lydia takes comfort in the paper goddesses they created together as she adjusts to living with her aunt.  


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Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Drummer Melly is looking forward to summer music camp. But will changes like friend drama and a crush on another girl at camp keep her from focusing on her music?  


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Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams of learning to play guitar.  


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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

After his grandfather dies, aspiring bluesman Clayton Byrd embarks on a journey to track down his band and discovers that music may connect his family in ways that surprise him.  


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Cooking/Home Economics

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu

Twelve-year old Cici is cooking up a storm so she can win a cooking contest and buy her grandma a plane ticket to come visit her in Seattle. 


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Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

Can Cady cook up enough pies to help save her Aunt Shell’s pie shop? 


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Super Good Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman

Celeb chef Duff Goldman’s dessert book will teach kids how to make tons of crazy delicious desserts—from confetti snickerdoodles to unicorn cupcakes!