(see below for all staff-recommended titles)

 2019 - HMS Staff: HMS READS!

We asked staff members for their favorite (middle school) books that were read this school year. Here are the results!  (Most - but not all - titles are available in the HMS Library.)

NOTE: The teacher who liked each book is listed in parentheses behind the book's author.


Dry, by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman (2 Votes: Mr. Rice, 8th Grade; Mr. Warshaw, 8th Grade)

I Am Still Alive, by Kate Alice Marshall (3 Votes: Mrs. Kilpatrick, LA Teacher Leader; Mrs. Robison, 6th Grade; Ms. Logan, 6th Grade)


Caraval, by Stephanie Garber (2 Votes: Ms.Logan, 6th Grade; Mrs. Weinrich, HMS Library)

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (2 Votes: Mrs. Haugevik, 6th Grade; Ms. Laberge, 6th Grade)

Keepers of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger (from the Keepers of the Lost Cities series) (Ms. McMahon, 8th Grade)

My Plain Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (Ms. Hill, 7th Grade)

Willa of the Wood, by Robert Beatty (Ms. Stuhr, HMS Library)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne (Ms. Logan, 6th Grade)

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (Mr. McDowell, Assistant Principal)

Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool (Mr. Rice, 8th Grade)

The Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange (Ms. Stuhr, HMS Library)

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Mrs. Condon, Occupational Therapy)


One of Us Is Lying,  by Karen McManus (Ms. Flanagan, Ed. Tech.)

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart (Ms. Flanagan, Ed. Tech.)


Becoming, by Michelle Obama (Mrs. Rollins, 5th Grade)

The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch, by David McCumber (Mr. Gross, Gifted & Talented)

How to Be a Good Creature, by Sy Montgomery (3 Votes: Ms. McMahon, 8th Grade; Mrs. Weinrich, HMS Library; Ms. Stuhr, HMS Library)

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin (Mr. McDowell, Assistant Principal)

The Shape of Ideas, by Grant Snider (Ms. Agell, Gifted & Talented)


Because of the Rabbit, by Cynthia Lord (Mrs. Conley, 5th Grade)

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone (Ms. Hill, 7th Grade)

Dumplin' , by Julie Murphy (Ms. Hill, 7th Grade)

Every Shiny Thing, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Mrs. Robison, 6th Grade)

Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Ms. Laberge, 6th Grade)

Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott (3 Votes: Mrs. Kilpatrick, LA Teacher Leader; Mrs. Haugevik, 6th Grade; Ms. Flanagan, Ed. Tech.)

George, by Alex Gino (Ms. Laberge, 6th Grade)

Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Mr. McDowell, Assistant Principal)

If I Ever Get Out of Here, by Eric Gansworth (Ms. Rice, 8th Grade)

Lies You Never Told Me, by Jennifer Donaldson (Mrs. Robison, 6th Grade)

Maybe a Mermaid, by Josephine Cameron (Ms. Agell, Gifted & Talented)

Nowhere Boy, by Katherine Marsh (Mrs. Conley, 5th Grade)

On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas (Mrs. Haugevik, 6th Grade)

Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary B. Schmidt (Mr. Rice, 8th Grade)

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo (Ms. Agell, Gifted & Talented)

The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade, by Jordan Sonnenblick (Mrs. Conley, 5th Grade)

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green (Ms. McMahon, 8th Grade)

What to Say Next, by Julie Buxbaum (Mrs. Weinrich, HMS Library)


Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Mr. Harrington, Math Teacher Leader)