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Parent picks: What middle-schoolers are reading for the holidays

If you have a middle-schooler, chances are he or she is caught up in fantasy stories like Twilight, Shiver, or Cirque du Freak. These wintry recommendations are sure to keep your kid's nose buried in books.

By GreatSchools Staff

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead
Wendy Lamb Books (July 2009)
Ages 9-12, $16

Set in late-1970s New York City, When You Reach Me is the story of Miranda, a sixth grader who’s caught up in reading the classic children’s fantasy A Wrinkle in Time while negotiating the complexities of her friendships and reflecting on her life.

Bottom line: A nuanced book about a girl's life in the city and a surprising mystery.

Comments from readers

"My middle schooler is all about Harry Potter!!"