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Mrs. Dantzler's Favorite Books for Middle School Readers

  1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  2. A nonconforming young girl challenges a school and community to examine their actions and emotions. A must read for all young adults.

  3. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

  4. The adventures of an African-American orphan looking for his father during the Depression.

  5. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

  6. A young children's book with a message for all ages.

  7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

  8. A fantasy tale of a young boy who discovers a sapphire-blue dragon thought to be extinct.

  9. I Had Seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant
  10. An 18 year old boy joins the military during WWII. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.

  11. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

  12. A comedic fantasy of a young Viking's challenges as he learns to train his dragon.

  13. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  14. A take-off of the Cinderella story. Ella marries Prince Charming and quickly learns that life in a palace is not what she expected.

  15. The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster

  16. A humorous tale of a straight line in love with a red dot. (Some parents may remember this short film that sometimes played after Tom and Jerry.)

  17. The Giver by Lois Lowery

  18. A young boy in a Utopian world is chosen to receive the memories of the past when the community was not so 'perfect'.

  19. The Table Where the Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor

  20. The story of a mountain girl who learns her family is actually very wealthy.

  21. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  22. A young girl mysteriously goes mute as she enters high school. Could it be because her friends aren't speaking to her or because her parents have no time for her?

  23. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

  24. A view of what life is like for a child suffering from severe ADD.

  25. Loser by Jerry Spinelli

  26. The story of a young boy who is thought of as a 'loser' to his classmates, but is a hero inside.

  27. Holes by Louis Sachar

  28. Stanley is sentenced unfairly for stealing and is sent to a work camp where he discovers his destiny.

  29. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

  30. A family discovers the fountain of youth and tries to protect it, but is that the best thing?

  31. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  32. A young girl learns about the mother who abandoned her.

  33. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

  34. After losing the family fortune, a young Mexican girl and her mother immigrate and begin a new life in a new country and a new social class.

  35. What Do You Stand For? by Barbara A. Lewis

  36. A teen's guide to building character.

  37. Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

  38. In a story of peer pressure, a 10 year old boy dreads the day he will be trained to wring the necks of pigeons at an annual shooting contest.

  39. The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park

  40. An 8th grade boy cares for his grandfather with Alzheimer's Disease.

Contact Information

email: Mrs. Dantzler
Frontier Middle School (636)
Evening Phone (314) 495-2581
9233 Highway DD
O'Fallon, MO 63368

Created on... August 5, 2005