Middle Grade Book Clubs

Novels for 9-12 year olds

The purpose of Book Clubs in my 5th grade Ethnic Studies classroom is to guide students through deeper explorations of social justice through literature. When choosing texts, I ask myself, How does this book allow students to critically engage with the world they are inheriting and inspire them to create positive change in their communities?  I carefully research every text and choose authors who represent their marginalized perspectives.  

Books explore themes of immigration, racism, injustice, diverse ways of knowing, joy, forced removal, civil rights, enslavement and resistance. The curriculum also intentionally centers the experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color as we work towards radical wellness by prioritizing the populations that have been historically de-prioritized. These books teach historical truths that still require resolution AND resilience, resistance, cultural wealth and joy.

Guidelines for a successful book club:

These are the middle grade texts I recommend for book clubs. I'm working on reading all of them but if I have not yet read a text, I have read multiple reviews and started each of these books to see if they would fit in my 5th grade classroom: