Top Checked Out Books by Kellee’s Middle School Readers 2015-2016


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Yearly, starting with 2012-2013 (and excluding 2013-2014), I have shared the most popular books in my classroom library:
2012-2013 Top Books for Struggling/Reluctant Middle School Readers
2014-2015 Top Checked Out Books by Kellee’s Middle School Readers

In 2012-2013, I taught an intensive reading class with students who had not been successful on the state reading test; however, last year and this year, I switched to teaching advanced reading, but my library is still available for the three intensive reading classes in my school. The books below are the top 15 graphic novels and the top 15 novels checked out from my classroom library.

The most read and loved books of 2015-2016 in my 6th-8th grade classroom library.
**I did combine some series into one if all of the books in the series were high volume check outs.**

Top 15 Checked Out Graphic and Illustrated Novels

15. Maximum Ride Manga #1 by James Patterson

maximum ride manga

14. Nnewts by Doug TenNapel


13. Cleopatra in Space series by Mike Maihack

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12. Sidekicks by Dan Santat


11. El Deafo by Cece Bell

el deafo

Review of El Deafo

10. Bad Island by Doug TenNapel


9. Sunny Side Up by Jenni L. Holm

sunny side up

Review of Sunny Side Up

8. Explorer series edited by Kazu Kibuishi

explorerboxes explorer explorer hidden

Teaching Guide for Explorer 1 & 2

7. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel


6. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel


5. Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan

Dogs of War

4. Drama by Raina Telgemeier


Review of Drama

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

diary of a wimpy kid

2. Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

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1. Amulet (series) by Kazu Kibuishi
**By far the most popular book in my classroom since book #1 came out**

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Graphic novels are very popular with ALL of my readers. I think there are many reasons why graphic novels are favorites: helps students visualize, fun to read as many of these students have only found reading to be a horrible chore, and colorful! Graphic novels are something I truly believe will help students love reading more and become better readers, and if you look at how much these students are reading and increasing in their reading ability, I think they back me up. (To see more research about the importance of graphic novels, check out my graphic novel teaching guide with Abrams.)

Top 15 Checked Out Novels

15. Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

snicker of magic

14. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt


13. Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher

tiara on the terrace

Review of Tiara on the Terrace

12. Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

night gardener

11. Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

kingdom keepers

10. I, Q by Roland Smith

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9. Wake by Lisa McMann


8. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

counting by 7s

7. Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

red pyramid

6. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

heroes of olympus

5. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

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4. Stung series by Bethany Wiggins

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3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

harry potter series

2. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

alex rider series

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan 

percy jackson series

As you can tell, series are very popular. Students love to be able to keep reading about characters. And Rick Riordan is a middle school rock star! Number 4, 8, 12, and 14 were on our 2015-2016 state award list (Stung won our state award!), and number 5 is on next year’s list.

What books/series do you find to be most popular with your middle school readers?
Have you found success with the books I listed above?
Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Did you enjoy them?

I hope this list of books helps point you in the direction of some texts that your readers will truly love!


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