11 Great Middle School Books Made Into Movies

Get your students reading with these 11 great middle school books made into movies from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reading #YAlit #middleschoolbooks #booksandmovies

 

Middle school books are the best! Finding appropriate middle school books that get students reading can be challenging sometimes depending on their mindset. When I have students who want to “check out” from reading I try to match them with one of these eleven books which have been made into movies. Sometimes the reward of knowing there is a movie to watch at the end encourages students to finish their novel.

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Comparing the book versus the movie is also a great engaging educational activity to work on with your students during times in your year when they need an extra incentive to stay focused (those days before major holiday breaks).

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Historical/Realistic Fiction)

Set in the early 1960’s this book has delighted middle school students for over 50 years. This is a must read for any middle school student. Ponyboy and his brothers live on the “wrong” side of town. In this town, there are two gangs, The Greasers and The Socs who do not get along and frequently get into fights with each other. After a fight between the two gangs goes horribly wrong Ponyboy and his best friend runaway. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Historical/Realistic Fiction)

During World War Two, eight year old Bruno has recently moved away from his home in Berlin due to his father’s job promotion. Feeling isolated he begins to explore his new environment. During his explorations he meets another boy behind a fence whose life circumstances are very different from Bruno’s reality. The boys begin a forbidden friendship unaware of the true reality of their circumstances. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (Historical/Realistic Fiction)

In this classic romantic comedy between a boy and a girl, Bryce and Juli met in the Second Grade. She falls madly in love with her new neighbor Bryce. Unfortunately, he does not reciprocate her feelings. During the various events of the novel, Bryce is not as nice to Juli as he should be. Something happens that makes Juli lose her feelings for Bruce, just as he finally starts to see her differently. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Science Fiction)

“The Giver” is written from the point of view of a 12 year old, living in a dystopian world. Where there is no pain, fear, war and as well as hatred. At the age of 12, every community member is assigned a job based on their abilities and interests. Read how Jonas faces his new role in society with all of the responsibilities and challenges that come his role. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Science Fiction)

Beatrice lives in a society where it is divided in five main factions. As each citizen becomes an adult they must choose between staying with their family’s faction or switching factions. Read this book, to find out how her initiations lead her to a discovery that will shock not only Tris, but her community. She is warned that she must conceal her status or risk being removed from her home. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Realistic Fiction)

Hazel is a 16 year old girl who has had Cancer for 3 years. She attends a Cancer support group for teens affected by this condition. On another average day, while attending her support group she meets Gus. Together they take on being a teenager with Cancer. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Realistic Fiction)

Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby have been friends since before they were born. Their mothers met at a prenatal exercise class. One day, Carmen purchases a pair of jeans at a local thrift store. These jeans fit all four girls fabulously. As each of the girls leaves for their summer holiday plans they decide to share the jeans amongst themselves and share their summer stories through letters. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Science Fiction)

“The City of Ember” is set 200 years in the future in an underground city. For generations there has been an electrical system that sustained the needs of the underground city. It was only created to last for just over two hundred years. Lina and and Doon must figure out the clues to save their city before time runs out. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

Holes by Louis Sachar (Realistic/Humour Fiction)

Stanley Yelnats believes he lives under a curse that has doomed his family for decades. He is sent to a juvenile detention camp for crime he did not commit. Every day he and the other boys are forced to dig holes for the camp warden who is searching for that was lost many years ago. What exactly is buried in this dried up lake? Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Once a year, two people from each district in the Nation of Panem are selected by a lottery system to participate in the Hunger Games. These fight to the death games are hosted in the Capitol and televised live across the country. One day in District 13, Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister is selected to participate in these games. Katniss steps up to volunteer in her place. She along with Peeta Mellark must fight for their lives. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Fantasy Fiction)

John Smith may seem like any other teenager who lives in lives in Paradise, Ohio. His friends and guardians do not know that he is actually an alien from a planet called Lorien. John is on the run from people who are trying to kill his kind. He must stay in hiding until his legacy has developed. Is this book a good fit for your classroom? Read the Common Sense Media Book Review and Movie Review

 

Looking for an education activity to complete while watching a movie in class? Try this Book Versus Movie Analysis Project to help students gain higher order thinking skills as they compare their favourite book to the movie.

Students will select a book to read that has been made into a movie. They will have a series of assignments to complete that demonstrate their understanding of both the book and the movie. Students will compare and contrast the novel and movie’s plot, characters, setting, and theme.

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