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Online Reading Suggestions - Middle School: Home

Mine your home library for hidden treasures. Explore these online reads. Just keep reading!

Free Audiobooks

Given these challenging times we strongly recommend using reading as a daily relaxation. Audible has generously made available a selection of free audiobooks that don't require you to have a subscription. So pop on some headphones and put your feet up. 

Some suggestions include:

Cirque du Freak - A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers - Mr. Crepsley - is a vampire!

Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes - but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren’s story.


Space Boy by Orson Scott Card

Is it space travel that children dream of, or merely visiting other worlds? Todd had always set his heart on being an astronaut, but when he meets an alien and travels to another world, he doesn't use a spaceship; he just hangs out in his own back yard.

In Space Boy, Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, takes listeners into a strange and wonderful future, where people from another world regularly visit Earth, usually without being noticed. And when humans travel to their world, they find themselves dangerously weak and powerless, until Todd finds a way to set both worlds to rights.


The Claw by Patrick Carman

The Claxton Lore and Apparition Warehouse is located on a remote private property in the deep swamps of Louisiana, and overseen by a robot designed by Mr. Claxton, called CLAW. The warehouse is filled with a maze of crates labeled with things like The Beast, Mr. Mason’s Jars, Snap, The Atomic Ants, which are filled with the things of legend, and it is CLAW’s job to make sure the objects don’t get out. But CLAW is a curious robot, and what lay inside these crates just may make their way out and haunt the imaginations of listeners everywhere.


Truesight by David Strahler Jr.

Everyone in Jacob's colony is born blind. It has always been this way. They embrace the philosophy of Truesight: Blindness brings unity, purity, and freedom. It is an exceptional community. Everyone is happy. As Jacob nears his thirteenth birthday, he anxiously anticipates his new role as an adult and all the changes that will bring. But as the day approaches, a far greater change threatens Jacob's future. It all starts with a searing pain in his eyes....



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika #1

Free Marvel issues:

Marvel has sample issues available for free. Check these out here.

Free Harry Potter ebook and audio available:

Treasure Island

Treasure Island: the sensationally popular boys' tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is narrated by young Jim Hawkins, son of an innkeeper who sets sail on a schooner headed for a remote Caribbean island. So many classic pirate trappings and names come from the mutiny and adventure that ensues: Long John Silver with a parrot on his shoulder, the treasure map with the "X", the "Black Spot," and Davey Jones' Locker.

One interesting note was that the book actually began as a treasure map, one which Stevenson had illustrated for fun but had delighted him so much that he wrote the rest of the novel around it. Sadly, when Stevenson sent the map to his publisher along with the novel, it was lost. He was devastated, and when he tried to redraw it from memory it was a sorry attempt. So after all these years there is treasure after all... and it's the map itself: find Stevenson's map!

Read online here

Captains Corageous

Captains Courageous is an 1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the north Atlantic.

Read online here

Cambridge eMembership:

We strongly encourage you to join Cambridge Library as this emembership will give you access to online ebooks, digital audio and emagazines. Just fill out an emembership application form and get a parent or guardian to sign it and we will do the rest on your behalf. Cambridge Library also appears to have their own emembership application form available through their website. 

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Online articles:

Forrest Library has a collection of online databases that provide access to:

  • Popular magazines and scholarly journals
  • Current newspapers and newswires
  • Television and radio transcripts
  • Audio and video clips
  • Photographs and pictures

Can browse by publication name e.g. PCWorld, Saltwater Sportsman, or general topic e.g. bicycling or fishing. Endless opportunities for you to keep up with the latest information around your interests or hobbies.

For example:

More suggestions:

Have you tried LIbriVox? It provides free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. Classics, mysteries, fairy tales etc. For example:

Short on time? Then grab a short story which aims to be read in one sitting. There are many collections available through Forrest Library. Just look for the sticker that say "SHORT STORIES". There are also many online collections. For example:

Reader's advice:

NoveList, is our newest resource. It is the complete readers' advisory solution, engages readers and connects communities. Do you find it difficult to find READ-ALIKES? Similar authors? Similar titles? This is the solution.

Spring suggestions 2019