A Universe of Stories for Middle School

June 12 marks the start of our summer reading program at NPL! Below are some NPL recommendations for middle school readers.

About Universe of Stories

This summer we’re reading with the theme “A Universe of Stories” in mind. The theme “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by the Collaborative Summer Reading program to help inspire all ages to dream big, create their own story, and explore real and imaginary places, including Outer Space.

See you in the cosmos / Jack Cheng. Alex Petroski is on a mission to send a rocket into space with a recording on his iPod of what it’s like to be human, just like his hero Carl Sagan.

Love, Ish / Karen Rivers. Mischa “Ish” Love’s dreams of escaping life in her small town and living on Mars one day are threatened by a sudden illness. (Available via Overdrive)

The night diary / Veera Hiranandani. Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

Hidden figures: the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space / Margot Lee Shetterly.

The stars beneath our feet / David Barclay Moore. A boy tries to find himself and a community in his Harlem neighborhood in the wake of his brother’s death.

The playbook: 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life / Kwame Alexander; photographs by Thai Neave.

Long way down / Jason Reynolds.

Team Moon: how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon / by Catherine Thimmesh. A step by step reading on the events and people that made the Apollo 11 lunar landing possible.

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