The Best Wholesome Books For Middle School

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This article showcases our top picks for Wholesome Books For Middle School. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise By Dan Gemeinhart

This product was recommended by Lauren Bercuson from Happily Ever Elephants

After losing her mom and sisters in a terrible car crash, Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, live in an old school bus. For years they travel the country to escape their painful past. But when Coyote learns the park in her old neighborhood is set for demolition — the same park where she buried a memory box with her mom and sisters — she devises a plan to get her heartbroken dad to drive back to Washington, without him knowing the real reason why. Facing memories and emotions she shut down for so long, this is the remarkable story of a grief-stricken girl who discovers love and joy after a terrible loss. This is one of my very favorite middle-grade books!

Amari And The Night Brothers By B.B. Alston

This product was recommended by Millie Pham from Millie Pham

This book is about a girl named Amari who is trying to discover the truth about her brother vanishing.. Amari has to go through a lot of trials and tribulations, but she’s determined to find out what happened to her brother. This book is very interesting because it takes you into a world that most people don’t know about.

The Time of Green Magic By Hilary McKay

This product was recommended by Millie Pham from Millie Pham

It is about three kids living in a small town and their lives have become very different. Louis, Max, and Abi go on an adventure to find out what happened to their home. They discover many things about themselves as well as each other. This is my favorite book because it shows you how to get through some of the hardest times in your life and handle things that come up. This one is the perfect book for someone who likes adventure books!

Personal Finance for the Real World By Jake Cousineau

This product was recommended by Veronica Thompson from Everyday Power

Managing personal finances is of utmost importance in the current economic setting. Hence, if you are a new college graduate and looking for an easy-to-understand finance book, then the How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World by Jake Cousineau book is perfect for you. This book touches on the basics of personal finance but also discusses how to build wealth as early as now. It shows how to avoid the common financial missteps that usually cause financial problems among people. It also teaches you how to budget, decide which insurance to get, and most especially,. how to file your taxes.

Crenshaw By Katherin Applegate

This product was recommended by Isla Zyair from Obesity Controller Association

This novel tells a story of a young boy and his family on the verge of losing everything they own. Jackson, the protagonist in the tale, reunites with his imaginary cat named Crenshaw- a large and outspoken cat who has returned to help Jackson in his time of need. Thank you for reading my insights. I hope you find this contribution helpful. Please send me an email with the date and link to the article so that I can share it.

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk By Natasha Farrant

This product was recommended by Isla Zyair from Obesity Controller Association

This warm-hearted adventure book tells a story of a young orphaned boy named Ben and his dog on a quest to find his missing brother in a country raved by war. Sailing on his late father’s boat, they set off for France for a high-stake and epic voyage.

Leadership Rites of Passage By Rick Tirrell

This product was recommended by Abigail Richards from Tech President

This is a good leadership book because it is very easy to read and understand. The book is made of good quality material and is hardbound. This is a good read for any aspiring leader entrepreneur because it teaches how to handle core issues in businesses and leadership. It also teaches you how to become a leader and a follower at the same time. Hence, such a good book to read.

Dear Mr. Henshaw By Beverly Cleary

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from Exhale Wellness

This touching novel covers relevant topics that can happen in a middle schooler’s life, such as divorce or bullying. The main character is a sixth grader young man who loves to write to his favorite author named, Boyd Henshaw, about his life at school and the struggles he faces.

Wonder By R. J. Palacio

This product was recommended by Beth McCallum from Oh So Spotless

Wonder is a lovely book. It follows August, who has a facial difference. When he starts a new school, he is bullied by the other kids. The book provides insight into living with a disability and how to stand up to bullies. But it also teaches empathy. One thing I love most about this story is that it showcases that there are a million sides to every story. Even bullies are going through their own struggles, and it’s important to have empathy for anybody and everybody.

The Hobbit By J. R. R. Tolkien

This product was recommended by Mimi Paul from Kyte Digital

Hobbit is one of the most wholesome and well loved books around the world and is a favorite among middle school kids The adventurous book follows Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim Erebor with the help of Gandalf the Grey and 13 Dwarves. This book will transport you to a land of fantasy that stays with you forever. Highly recommended

The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan

This product was recommended by James Watts from Own The Grill

It’s the story of a boy born to be a god who is unaware of and doesn’t really care about, his “destiny”. And as well as being an involving, exciting adventure, it’ll also teach middle schoolers about Greek mythology and the civilisation that our own political system is based on.

My Life as a Gamer By Janet Tashjian

This product was recommended by Anthony Quint from Get On Stream

This is a book from the “My Life” series, top-rated for children up to the beginning of middle school. The cartoons make it an enjoyable read, and I find that what makes this book wholesome is that it shows kids that their dreams for unconventional jobs exist and are possible. Especially with gaming, as this is something that most kids enjoy, and aspire to do full-time.

The Science of Breakable Things By Tae Keller

This product was recommended by Erika Barnes from Petsmitten

Middle school is a very confusing and frustrating time, both for kids going through it and their parents, simultaneously. These emotions can be pretty difficult to deal with when you’re at that age so this book offers a fantastic way to understand these emotions and deal with them healthily. It’s a fictional story about a young girl who helps her mother and herself through their mental health struggles and it’s incredibly inspiring.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? By Dr. Julie Smith

This product was recommended by Granger McCollough from Elite Patio Direct

The stigma surrounding mental health has gradually started to dissipate and Dr. Smith’s book sets out to ensure that young people can avoid a lifetime in therapy by giving them the tools that they need to armor themselves against all of the trials and tribulations of the modern world.

Holes By Louis Sachar

This product was recommended by Elijah Miller from RC Ride On Cars

One of the things my kids love the most, other than remote control ride on cars and pop tarts, is reading books! As a big reader myself, this means that I get to share all of my favorite reads with them as they get older! This includes Holes by Louis Sachar, which is about a boy sent to Camp Green Lake after being falsely accused of theft, and comes to discover more than he bargained for about his past. It’s a story that deals with issues like racism, greed, and more. It is a powerful and enjoyable read that middle schoolers are sure to love.

All of Me By Chris Baron

This product was recommended by Michael East from Griddle King

All of Me by Chris Baron is a fantastic book for teaching middle school-aged kids about body positivity. After all, this is a phenomenon that plenty of adults struggle with so it’s very important for young children to understand early on in life. The story itself doesn’t theme solely around the idea of body positivity but it is the overriding message to be taken away from the characters and plot. Even aside from the positive messages that come from this story, All Of Me is a great book that any middle schooler would enjoy reading.

The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl By Stacy McAnulty

This product was recommended by Simon Bernath from Furnace Prices

The book tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who gets struck by lightning and is presented with all kinds of problems at school and in her personal life. It’s a very wholesome book that uses math as a subtle background to tell a charming story.

Shadow on the Mountain By Margi Preus

This product was recommended by Fred Baker from Travelness

On a hot summer in 1940, fourteen-year-old Esben attempts to climb the treacherous mountain that looms over his home in Norway. Halfway up, he is surprised by a lone Nazi soldier who has been sent to keep watch for resistance fighters. When the soldier demands Esben’s help finding his way down the mountain, Esben reluctantly agrees. But as they make their way down, it becomes clear that the soldier is not just lost – he is on the run from the Norwegian resistance. And when Esben learns the truth about what the soldier has done, he must decide whether to betray his country or help the enemy escape. Shadow on the Mountain is a thrilling tale of suspense set against the backdrop of Norway’s occupation by Nazi Germany. Margi Preus brings to life a little-known piece of history and gives readers a glimpse into the courage and strength of the Norwegian people during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century.

The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

This product was recommended by Will Yang from Instrumentl

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is another excellent choice for middle schoolers. The book follows the life of Holden Caulfield, a teenager who is struggling to cope with the world around him. The book is poignant and thought-provoking, and it provides insights into the way the human mind works. One of the books you should read multiple times in different stages of your life.

Calico Bush By Rachel Field

This product was recommended by Ryan Dunn from Custom Stickers

Calico Bush by Rachel Field is a great wholesome book for middle school children. The book follows the story of a thirteen-year-old girl named Marguerite Ledeoux who must become a servant. She promises to provide services to a Sargent family for six years but as it turns out, it’s much more difficult to stay devoted to the work than she had initially imagined. This makes her disturbed and she’s seen struggling through the harsh winter months in Maine. The worst part about all this is that her family is lost.

The Kids’ Money Book By Jamie Kyle McGillian

This product was recommended by Sharon Sanders from Philadelphia Weekly

The book The Kids’ Money Book: Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating by Jamie Kyle McGillian is one of the best finance books for kids. It teaches kids how to create a budget, earn money from allowance and make it bigger, invest, and donate as well. It tackles the basic financial lessons but in a simple and fun way. Hence, this is a really good financial starter book for kids.

Boys without Names By Kashmira Sheth

This product was recommended by Ankit Batra from Hollyweed CBD

Boys without names by Kashmira Sheth Gopal and his family were compelled to leave their little town in rural India and move to Mumbai, a thriving metropolis. When Gopal is given a chance to work in a nearby factory, he seizes the chance to support the suffering family. Instead of a workplace, he discovers a kid-run sweatshop where he is made to work. This mature examination of child labor is interwoven with moral teachings about friendship, loyalty, optimism, and compassion.

The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton

This product was recommended by Inez Stanway from Live Laugh Create

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic novel about friendship, loyalty, and family. The book follows the story of a group of friends who must stick together in the face of adversity.

The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate

This product was recommended by Erin Zadoorian from Bubpop

This book follows the story of a gorilla who lives in captivity and the friendships he forms with other animals in his surroundings, ultimately leading to a journey of self-discovery and finding his authentic voice. It emphasizes the importance of standing up for what is right and fighting against injustice.

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