Tier Two District

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

50 Books you Should Read Before You Finish Middle School


Why 50 books? It seemed like a nice round number.

Why these books? That’s a more interesting question. This list is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, adventure, history, funny, sad and just all-around memorable. Many of these may not be books you’d have picked up on your own, but I don’t think you’ll regret reading them. Who knows, some of these may become your all time favorites. Maybe you’ll find a favorite author or genre. Or, maybe not. They’re worth reading to find out.

Why so much non-fiction? It’s an interesting  world out there. You should know about it. Plus, some of these books will just help you get organized and keep it together in high school or college. Some of these are books about our past – it’s important to know your past to help keep you grounded for the future. Some are about science, some are biographies. Some are on the list because of their wonderful illustrations; some are on the list because they have information that’s just good to know. Whatever the reason they made the list—they’re all worth checking out!

Want to help make a student list?
Give Ms. McCabe your suggestions for a “Student Choice 50-Books List.” Send her an E-MAIL


Why Read?

Good Question. Lots of answers. Here are just a few:

  1. Reading helps you become a more interesting person (impress your friends with all your knowledge!).
  2. Read to be entertained.
  3. Save the planet – turn off the computer, save energy & pick up a book.
  4. The more you read, the better you’ll get at reading (it’s like a muscle – if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it).
  5. Reading helps you learn about things you’re unfamiliar with (including faraway places and how to build stuff).
  6. Reading reduces stress.
  7. Reading makes you more creative.
  8. Reading can help you understand other people better.
  9. The book is always better than the movie.
  10. It’s FUN!