Classic Literature Reading List for Middle School Students

Many middle school students enjoy the connection with a young adult novel, but classic literature never goes out of style. Several humanities organizations have established a classic literature reading list that emphasizes the importance of reading timeless books.

This list introduces new characters and alien worlds to the middle school set. Several of these books are commonly taught in middle school English classes, so adding them to a summer reading list can give your child an advantage when they come up during the school year.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  • A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
  • Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
  • The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Ghost Belonged To Me by Richard Peck
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Horatio Hornblower Series by C.S. Lewis
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Incident at Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Last Mission by Harry Mazer
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Irving Washington
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • M.C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Christopher Collier
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • Poems by Robert Frost
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Shane by Jack Schaefer
  • Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera Cleaver
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • The White Mountains by John Christopher
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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