A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
The Copley Library

Middle School Boys & Reading

Suggested Reading Lists

List of 7 items.

  • Biography/Autobiography

    Angela’s Ashes
    by Frank McCourt. A poverty-stricken Irish family tries to survive in spite of many hardships and tragedies.

    by Roald Dahl. The author’s fascinating and horrifying tales of his English childhood.

    Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers. How a “bad boy” becomes a well-known writer.

    Open by Andre Aggasi. The candid memoir was written by the famous tennis champion.

    The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers. A biography of the world’s greatest boxer.

    Other Titles:

    Rafa: My Story by John Carlin and Rafael Nadal
    Shoe Dog by Phil Night.

  • Diversity Book List

  • Fantasy/Adventure

    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. A twelve year old genius tries to restore his family fortune in this mixture of technology and magic.

    Eragon by Christopher Paolini. A boy changes from farm boy to dragon rider after many adventures.

    I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. A boy who has hidden on Earth for 10 years tries to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members to fight the race that destroyed their planet.

    Partials by Dan Wells. In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by disease and war, the future rests in the hands of one young girl.

    Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney (The Last Apprentice Series). A young boy is apprenticed to a “spook,” a person who deals with magical creatures and ghosts.

    Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider Series). A young boy becomes a British secret agent in order to solve a computer based plot.

    The Amulet of Sarmarkand by Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus Trilogy) Nathaniel, a wizard’s apprentice, summons a genie to help him defeat an evil wizard.

    The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (Maximum Ride Series). A thriller about teenagers used as genetic experiments.

    The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett (A Series of Unfortunate Events). The three Baudelaire children try to escape the deadly plots of Count Olaf.

    The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. The fifth book in The Heroes of Olympus series finds the Greek and Roman demigods still trying to defeat Gaia and her giants.

    The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles). Three ordinary kids enter a magical world hidden in their house.

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Kids in a future world are forced to put their names in a lottery that may result in a fight to the death.
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series). The first book in a series that combines fantasy and mythology.

    The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron. Begins with Merlin’s early years as a teenager, with a lot of action set in medieval times.

    The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze.

    The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. The first book in the CHERUB series featuring teenage spy James and his exciting missions.

    The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (The Ranger’s Apprentice Series). Will wants to be a knight, but ends up being a “Ranger,” sworn to protect their kingdom.

    Variant by Robison Wells. Benson arrives at Maxfield Academy and finds out that the school is a prison.

    Other Titles: 

    Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
    Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
    Conspiracy Theory 365 by Gabrielle Lord
    Gone by Michael Grant 
    Scythe (Book 1 of Arc of a Scythe series) by Neal Shusterman
  • Graphic Novels

    March (Trilogy) by John Lewis
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
    The Complete Maus (Books 1 & 2) by Art Spiegelman
    It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi
    The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert
    Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redness The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long
    The Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower
    Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobsen and Ernie Colon
    The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
    Thoreau at Walden by John Porcelain
    Primates: The Fearless Scince of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviano and Maris Wicks
    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
    Che by Spain Rodriguez
    Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
    Still I rise: A Graphic History of African Americans by Roland Laird, Charles, R. Johnson
    The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld
    Journey into Mohawk Country by George O'Connor
    American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    Marathon by Boaz Yakin
    Dignifying Science: Stories about Women Scientists by Jim Ottaviano, Mary Fleener, Donna Barr, et.
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  • LGBTQ Book List

  • Popular Fiction/Non-Fiction

    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. This book has a strong focus on nature, especially camping, but with a humorous twist.

    Into Thin Air
    by Jon Krakauer. A terrifying real story about the dangers of high altitude climbing, in this case, Mt. Everest.

    Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Three men work together to turn a rough, undersize horse into the fastest horse in racing history.

    by Michael Crichton. A group of archaeologists go back in time to 14th century France.

    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. A thoughtful meditation on the meaning of life and how to appreciate it.

    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. A high school girl falls in love with a vampire and puts herself and others at risk.

    Other Titles:
    Winger by Andrew Smith
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    Ball Don't Lie by Matt De La Pena 
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Realistic/Humorous

    Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Set in Alcatraz Prison, the hero tries various schemes to help his sister.

    Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. A young girl adopts a dog and finds new friends.

    Crash by Jerry Spinelli. A boy who is a football fanatic becomes a more caring person.

    Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. A realistic novel about a group of young soldiers who are sent to Vietnam.

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A boy's adventures in the wilderness

    Heat by Mike Lupica. Michael is a star baseball player who cannot prove he is twelve years old and therefore able to pitch for his team.

    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. A realistic book with an environmental theme where two friends try to save an endangered owl.

    QB1 by Mike Lupica. Jake lives in his father's and older brother's shadow until he becomes the starting quarterback on his high school team.

    Rumblefish by S. E. Hinton. Rusty James gets involved with street gangs with explosive results.

    Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen. Richard and Will brave storms, wildlife, and violence to find their missing cousin.

    Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper. The death of a high school basketball star in a car accident affects the lives of all his friends.

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Hazel, a young terminal cancer patient, meets Augustus, a new boy in her support group, and her life suddenly changes.

    The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The hilarious Watson family go south to Birmingham where they get caught up in historic Civil Rights events.

    What Did Joey Do? By Jack Gantos. A humorous book about a boy trying to live with a very dysfunctional family.

    Other Titles: 

    Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Abundance of Katherines by John Green
    Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini 
    Deadline by Chris Crutcher
    I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb
    I love you, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
    King Dork by Frank Portman
    Slam by Nick Hornby
    Someday this Pain will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
    Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
    If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
    Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
    The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
    Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
    Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky
    Paperboy by Vince Vawter
    Ghost by Jason Reynolds
    George by Alex Gino
    Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Library Staff

Library Director
Anna Bognolo

Library Assistant
Rachel Meier