Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2010
In these compelling stories, teens confront everything from disabilities and supernatural powers to alcoholic parents and war (and sometimes a combination of more than one challenge). As readers, we (and our teen reviewers) found ourselves cheering for these young heroes and heroines who faced their problems with humor and courage. We think other middle school readers will also eagerly devour these books that run the gamut of genres from historical to fantasy fiction.
This year, our selection committee, based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, received approximately 140 books to consider. Here are our twenty favorite books that we think will appeal to middle-schoolers with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and reading levels. Top of the Top Shelf selections are noted by the asterisks (*) preceding them.