The Book Barn Junior

Welcome to Book Barn Junior! Here you'll find local K-12 summer reading lists, Bridge Book recommendations, and all sorts of other fun things for younger readers. 

Can't Miss Young Adult Books (as determined by Book Barn staff)

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

  • Staying Fat For Sarah Byrns by Chris Crutcher

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

The Book Barn's Bridge Book Recommendations

Bridge books are those that close the gap between reading levels. After much thought and inquiry, The Book Barn staff has put together a list of books for the kid's to young adult gap, and young adult to adult gap. Have a reluctant reader on your hands? Check out the ALA 2017 Picks!

If you like these kids books...

Try these YA books...

Then these adult books...


  • The Warriors by Hunter

  • Artemis Fowl by Colfer

  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Lasky

  • Children of the Lamp by Kerr

  • Harry Potter by Rowling

  • Charlie Bone by Nimmo

  • Ranger's Apprentice by Flanagan

  • Septimus Heap by Sage

  • The Edge Chronicles by Stewart

  • The Olympians by Riordan

  • Chronicles of Narnia by Lewis

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Le'Engle



  • Redwall by Jacques

  • Tortall by Pierce

  • Xanth by Anthony

  • Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

  • The Last Apprentice by Delany

  • The Naming Trilogy by Croggan

  • Eragon by Paoloni

  • The Faire Wars by Brennan

  • The Chrestomanci Chronicles by Jones

  • The Kane Chronicles by Riordan

  • Voices by LeGuin

  • Going Bovine by Bray

Science Fiction:

  • My Teacher is an Alien by Coville

  • Alien Secrets by Klause

  • City of Ember by DuPrau

  • Among the Hidden by Haddix

  • REM World by Philbrick

  • Animorphs by Applegate

  • The Power of Un by Etchemendy

  • The Seems by Hulme

  • Diadem, 2099 by Peel

  • Broken Sky by Wooding

  • Pendragon by MacHale

Science Fiction:

  • The Uglies by Westfield

  • Star Wars by various authors

  • The Lost World by Doyle

  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Farmer

  • The Hunger Games by Collins

  • I Am Number Four by Lore

  • The Maze Runner by Dashner

  • The Giver by Lowry

  • Divergent by Roth


  • Goosebumps by Stine

  • The Midnight Library by Graves

  • Spooksville by Pike

  • Dare to be Scared by San Souci

  • Any by Betty Ren Wright

  • Any by Mary Downing Hahn


  • Fear Street by Stine

  • Cirque Du Freak by Shaun

  • Wereworld by Jobling

  • You Are So Undead to Me by Jay

  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Ryan

  • Chronicles of Vladimir Todd by Brewer

  • Morganville Vampires by Caine

  • The Wolving Time by Jennings

  • Pretty Dead by Stack


  • Brave New World by Huxley

  • Island by Huxley

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  • 1984 by Orwell

  • Animal Farm by Orwell

  • Dune by Herbert

  • Oryx & Crake by Atwood

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood

  • The Book of New Sun by Wolfe

  • Ursula K. LeGuin

  • Anne McCaffery

  • Terry Pratchett

  • HG Wells

  • Ray Bradbury

  • Orson Scott Card

  • Terry Brooks

  • JRR Tolkien

  • Neil Gaiman


  • Mary Shelley

  • Bram Stoker

  • Odd Thomas by Koontz

  • Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2,  Horns)

  • Clive Barker (Hell Bound Heart, Imajica, etc.)

  •  John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In)



  • Three Investigators by Hitchcock

  • Hardy Boys by Dixon

  • Nancy Drew by Keene

  • Raven Hill Mysteries by Rodda

  • Spy Gear by Barba

  • Kidnapped by Korman

  • The Sherlock Files by Barrett

  • The Brixon Brothers by Barnett

  • The Westing Game by Raskin

  • House on Hackman's Hill by Nixon

  • Dovey Cove by Dowell


Historical Fiction:

  • Dear America series

  • American Girl series

  • Boy at War by Mayer

  • Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery

  • Bud Not Buddy by Curtis

  • Mississippi Chariot by Robinet

  • Shadows of the Sea by Harlow

  • Bread & Roses, Too by Paterson

  • Out of the Dust by Hesse

  • Little House on the Prarie by Wilder



  • Hatchet by Paulson

  • Rascal by North

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by O'Dell

  • Julie of the Wolves by George

  • Any by Will Hobbs

  • Island by Korman

  • Touching Spirit Bear by Mikaelson

  • The Sign of the Beaver by Speare

  • The Cay by Taylor



  • Maximum Ride by Patterson

  • Echo Falls Mysteries by Abrahms

  • Tangerine by Bloor

  • Lucas by Brooks

  • Any by Lois Duncan

  • Any by Anthony Horowitz

  • Silent to the Bone by Konigsburg

  • Shadowmaker by Nixon

  • Virals by Reich

  • Shelter by Coben

  • The Rag & Bone Shop by Cormier

  • The Silence of Murder by Mackall


Historical Fiction:

  • Girls of Many Lands series

  • Alexander Cold by Allende

  • Across Five Aprils by Hunt

  • Summer of My German Soldier by Greene

  • Goddess of Yesterday by Cooney

  • Tree of Freedom by Caudhill

  • Slave Dancer by Fox

  • Any by Ann Rinaldi

  • The Book Thief by Zuzak

  • Octavian Nothing by Anderson



  • Peak by Smith

  • Guts by Paulson

  • Golden Compass by Pullman

  • Logan's Run by Nolan & Johnson

  • If We Survive by Klavan

  • Dr. Franklin's Island by Halam


Historical Fiction:

  • Little Women by Alcott

  • A Separate Peace by Knowles

  • Night by Wiesel

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee

  • Red Badge of Courage by Crane



  • Lord of the Flies by Golding

  • The Things They Carried by O'Brien

  • The Road by McCarthy

  • Jack London

  • Daniel DeFoe

  • Rudyard Kipling



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