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NEED DIRECTION? GET SUGGESTIONS FOR A GOOD-FIT TITLE FROM THESE SITES:

NoveList K-8 Plus -Find just the right book by subject, age level, books made into movies, title read-a-likes, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list and then check with your library to try to obtain the book.

Book reviews from www.commonsensemedia.org - Great place to browse or search for books by genre, topic, and age-appropriateness. 

Book suggestions from www.whatshouldireadnext.com - Enter a book or author you like and the site will analyze a database of real readers' favorite books to provide a list of ideas for what to read next. (Caution: all levels of books are included, so some may be for mature audiences.)

Award Winning Books - Best-of-the-Year Lists from the American Library Association (Newbery, Caldecott, Schneider, Printz, etc.)

ALSC Notable Children's Books - The best of the best, identified each year by the Association for Library Service to Children.

ALSC Recommended Book Lists - Graphic Novels, Summer Reading, Tough Topics, Social Justice, Gender Identities, Building a Home Library, etc.

NYPL Best Books of 2022 - The NY Public Library's recommendations. Select Middle Grade from the left sidebar.

NYT Notable Books of 2017 - The New York Times Book Review's annual short list.

Children's Choices 2020 Reading List - Large K-6th grade list from the International Literacy Association and the Children's Book Council

Young Adult's Choices 2020 Reading List - Large 7th - 12th grade list from the International Literacy Association and the Children's Book Council

Top 100 Middle School Must-Reads from www.goodreads.com - Over 2,000 readers voted to create this list.

NPR's Book Concierge - Annual, interactive, year-end reading guide allows you to change years, mix and match tags, and filter results to find a good book recommendation.

Recommendations from Scholastic for ages birth through 18 - Choose from the "age 12-14" list. Some middle-schoolers may like titles on the "young adult" list as well.*

Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels - Convenient listing to check for additional books in a series.

Fantastic Fiction - Comprehensive information about series, over 500,000 books, and bibliographies for over 40,000 authors. (This site is maintained from England and covers books for children through adults.)

James Patterson's Website - Contains up-to-date listing with information about all his books.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - The Young Adult division of the American Library Association suggests books that teens, ages 12 - 18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure. It is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

*Some of these books may have mature content. Remember that it's always important to share with your parents what you are reading.


Arthurs Middle School Library Media Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:05pm • Phone: (734)365-0729
Twitter: @arthursmedia • Instagram: @arthursmedia 
Lisa Fulcher, .5 Library Media Specialist • fulcherl@trentonschools.com 
Barb Ludy & Divina Charping, Library Media Paras