Quick Reads

Short, compelling reads from Junior High Fiction. For publishers specializing in quick reads, search the catalog for Darby Creek; Orca Currents, Limelights, Soundings, or Sports; and Stone Arch. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AlexanderThe Crossover
Twins Josh and Jordan wrestle with life on and off the basketball court. (237 pp.)
Y Alexander
BaskinNine, Ten: A September 11 Story
Four kids are affected differently by the attacks on the World Trade Center. (197 pp.)
Y Baskin
BodeenShipwreck Island
Sarah’s tropical vacation will be an adventure, right? Dead wrong. (184 pp.)
Y Bodeen
CooneyThe Face on the Milk Carton
The photo of a missing girl on Janie’s milk carton looks just like her! Why? (184 pp.)
Y Cooney
EllisThe Breadwinner
Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to earn a living for her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. (170 pp.)
Y Ellis
EllisThis Is What I Did
Logan saw something horrible happen to his friend and didn't do anything to help. How can he move on? (157 pp.)
Y Ellis
After her dad dies, Isabelle copes by binging and purging. But things get complicated when popular Ashley wants to be friends. (172 pp.)
Y Friend
Wren and Darra face memories of the crime that brought their families together. (147 pp.)
Y Frost
GantosJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey’s ADHD gets him in huge trouble when he cuts off the tip of a girl’s nose. (153 pp.)
Y Gantos
HaddixAmong the Hidden
It's illegal for families to have more than two children, so Luke lives in hiding. Can he help change the law? (153 pp.)
Y Haddix
Hasak-Lowy33 Minutes
Sam’s ex-best friend is going to beat him exactly 33 minutes. (210 pp.)
Y Hasak-Lowy
HintonThe Outsiders
Ponyboy and his friends are on the run after a gang fight ends badly. (188 pp.)
Y Hinton
HoltRhyme Schemer
Kevin has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way—with poetry! (167 pp.)
Y Holt
When his secret agent uncle is killed, only Alex can complete his mission. (192 pp.)
Y Horowitz
JohnsonThe First Part Last
Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father. (131 pp.)
Y Johnson
KehretStolen Children
Amy and her babysitting charge have been kidnapped for ransom! (165 pp.)
Y Kehret
KossPoison Ivy
Three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their bullying of a classmate. (166 pp.)
Y Koss
LynchThe Right Fight
Roman leaves his baseball career to join the army on the eve of World War II. (189 pp.)
Y Lynch
MartinA Dog's Life
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story. (182 pp.)
Y Martin
MbaliaTristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
When his dead best friend's story journal is stolen, Tristan chases the thief into a realm of West African and African American gods and legends. (482 pp.)
Y Mbalia
Myers and WorkmanKick
Soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after his arrest. (197 pp.)
Y Myers
MyracleThe Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life
Alli starts school with her mom’s underwear clinging to her pants. Will the whole year be a disaster? (135 pp.)
Y Myracle
NelsonGender Blender
A school assignment takes a wild turn when Emma and Tom switch bodies. (182 pp.)
Y Nelson
PaulsenLiar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception
Kevin loves lying, and he’s good at it. Why should he change? (120 pp.)
Y Paulsen
Ghost’s goal to be the fastest sprinter on the track team is challenged by his tragic past. (181 pp.)
Y Reynolds
SmithStorm Runners
When Chase’s school bus is swept off the road in a hurricane, he is tested in ways he never imagined. (143 pp.)
Y Smith
StrasserGive a Boy a Gun
Brendan and Gary, sick of being bullied, steal a neighbor’s guns and take their classmates hostage. (146 pp.)
Y Strasser
TingleHow I Became a Ghost
A Choctaw boy is forced to leave home on the Trail of Tears. (141 pp.)
Y Tingle
TruemanStuck in Neutral
Shawn, who has severe cerebral palsy, is convinced his father is planning to kill him. (114 pp.)
Y Trueman
WolffMake Lemonade
Determined to earn money for college, LaVaughn starts babysitting for a fellow teen who has two children. (200 pp.)
Y Wolff
Lonnie has lost his whole family, but writing poems helps him find himself. (100 pp.)
Y Woodson

Last Updated: 5/17


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