It is so exciting to find new materials that will help educators teach students the skills outlined in the Common Core. One of the best things educators can do for students is give time and direction for independent reading. When students read independently, their vocabulary grows, they form connections, and ideas taught in class are cemented through independent learning and thinking. When students are good readers, they come into the classroom with a better ability to learn. The only way to become a better reader is to read, read, read. No matter what program you use in your classroom with independent reading (Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, book report, or performance based assessments), your students must have books that they want and love to read. So, in that vein of thinking. . . . I present 23 books you MUST know about if you are in a junior high or middle school.