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If you are looking for a family read over break or holiday gift ideas for your middle school student I have a few to recommend that have been published this year.
YALSA Lists and Tools
The Young Adult Library Services Association (part of the American Library Association) generates a number of suggestions annually. They also have a searchable and browsable database of books for young people. Here are links to many of these.
Holiday Book Recommendations List 2017
All's Faire in Middle School by
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
All the Crooked Saints by
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Creative Pep Rally by
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Publication Date: 2017-03-07
Flying Lessons and Other Stories by
Publication Date: 2017-01-03
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by
Publication Date: 2017-05-30
The Book of Dust by
Publication Date: 2017-10-19
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
The Playbook by
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Save Me a Seat by
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Publication Date: 2017-01-17
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by
Publication Date: 2017-10-24
The lists below are in PDF format for you to use. They are presented by year.
2017 Black History Month
This list was generated as a good basic starting point for people interested in learning more about Black History. The materials are available in the Middle School Library.
2016 Holiday Book Recommendations List
This one is a list of notable recent books written for young people. The list includes a variety of genres, topics, and cultures.
2015 Holiday Book Recommendations List
In this list, many of the books had been honored with awards and starred reviews, while others were contenders for the hten-upcoming Printz, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Awards.
2014 Holiday Book Recommendations List
Like the 2015 list, this one includes many books that had been honored with awards and starred reviews. Others were in the running for upcoming awards such as the Printz, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Awards.
2013 Holiday Book Recommendations List
This list represents a variety of book types, including nonfiction, biographies, cookbooks, science and dystopian fiction, realistic fiction, mythology and fantasy, graphic works, and adventure or mystery fiction.
2012 Holiday Book Recommendations List
The list for 2012 includes titles by Northwest authors, Charles Dickens as a character, paranormal romances, fast-paced adventures, engaging historical novels, dystopian fiction, and laugh-out-loud realistic fiction.