library books

The Seven Hills library is full of books that middle school boys love, from manga to sci-fi and everything in between. Our book matching program allows students to get personalized recommendations from a teacher based on the types of stories and genres that interest them most. The boys can also leave book reviews and request new titles in the online catalog, making them equal partners in the life of the library.

Faculty-Recommended Reading for Middle School Boys

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A "novel in stories," this book shares the highs and lows of family life in the 1930s and 40s, from petty theft to pie-baking contests to World War II planes.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Child prodigy Artemis Fowl comes up with a scheme to capture a fairy and get rich quick. Things quickly spiral out of control, sparking a series of adventures that continue throughout eight novels, a graphic novel, and a movie!

Avengers West Coast: Darker than Scarlet by John Byrne

This run of John Byrne's West Coast Avengers comics features some of the ideas that went into WandaVision. Also, John Byrne (from this era) is cool!

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This novel about two brothers, the sons of a former pro basketball player, navigating their way through middle school, is written in a series of poems that do an excellent job of capturing the sport.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Set on Arrakis, a desert planet filled with massive sandworms and mysteriously addictive "spice," Dune is a thrilling novel about the secrets of Arrakis and the various factions fighting to control it.

The first Dune movie of a upcoming duology is set to be released in October 2021.

Fullmetal Alchemist vol 1-14 by Hiromu Arakawa

Ed and Alphonse Elric are young "alchemists", sorcerers that can transmute things to solve problems and to battle powerful foes. They are on a quest to reclaim parts of their bodies that they lost in a horrible magical accident. Along they way they battle a group of homunculi, magical beings created by alchemy who wield strange powers.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

This book does a nice job of weaving an interesting personal story into the early stages of the American Revolutionary War.

The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris

This funny and action packed take on Arthurian legends is told from the perspective of Sir Gawain's young squire, Terence. This is book one in a series, and the library is slowly bringing in the whole set.

Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee

Stanford Wong can't wait to go to basketball camp in the summer, until his English teacher tells him he flunked the class, big-time.

Now Stanford has to trade basketball camp for summer school, all while dealing with his rivalry with his tutor, child prodigy Millicent Min, and his crush on the beautiful new girl, Emily Ebers.

Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

This is the first in a new line of Star Wars books that take place about 400 years before Phantom Menace, when the Jedi are still cool and all over the galaxy. This book revolves around a group of space pirates called the Nihil, who engineer a giant hyperspace accident. This series will eventually tie into the Star Wars: Acolyte series, one of the newly announced programs on Disney Plus.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

This book deals with disabilities, some complicated family issues, being a new student in a new town, and, obviously soccer, as 7th grader Paul Fisher navigates a new middle school and trying to uncover a family secret.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Sixteen strangers are divided into pairs and given $10,000, a set of strange clues, and the opportunity to win the $200 million fortune of the late wealthy businessman Sam Westing.