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Short Stories for Middle Grades

Created by Abby49
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: short stories
Collection of books of short stories suitable for grades 6-8

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War at the Snow White Motel and Other Stories

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: short stories, adolescence, self-esteem & self-reliance

An insightful and funny new collection of short stories from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

In “War at the Snow White Motel,” Rex and his family are vacationing in Vermont. A thoughtless act launches him into war with an older teenager at their motel, but a much bigger conflict — the Vietnam War — looms large on the horizon.

Ant wants …

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The Whirlpool

Stories

by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, short stories, emotions & feelings

From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Laurel Croza comes a mesmerizing collection of short stories about the whirlpool of adolescence.

Charity takes small steps to escape her controlling father. Jasmine endures the rumors about her at school, even though no one really knows what happened last summer. The Oh! So Perfect Hair Dolly wishes for jus …

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Sit

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: short stories, self-esteem & self-reliance

Nine poignant and empowering short stories from the author of The Breadwinner.

The seated child. With a single powerful image, Deborah Ellis draws our attention to nine children and the situations they find themselves in, often through no fault of their own. In each story, a child makes a decision and takes action, be that a tiny gesture or a life-a …

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The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues, short stories

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. …

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All In Together Girls

by Kate Sutherland
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 8
tagged: short stories

Candid and truthful stories about women, young and old, grappling with generational wariness, creative recklessness, and illusive purpose celebrate all that is beautiful, wild and distinctive in contemporary women.

All In Together Girls, whose title is inspired by a jump rope rhyme, is a meeting place for girls as surely as the chant would have be …

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The Smart Princess

And Other Deaf Tales

by Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: special needs

The Smart Princess takes readers inside the fantasies, dreams and disappointments of young people who are Deaf. This book is written and illustrated by winners of a national competition, the Ladder Awards.

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Secrets: Stories Selected by Marthe Jocelyn

selected by Marthe Jocelyn
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: short stories, multigenerational, girls & women

In all their permutations, these unforgettable stories explore one of the irresistible facets of human nature, the fact that everyone has a secret. Marthe Jocelyn has selected twelve stories
by several of the best authors in North America to explore the nature and the power of secrets. Sometimes secrets can be downright funny – how would you lik …

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Dark Times

edited by Ann Walsh
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: death & dying

The result of a cross-Canada contest for the best short stories about young people’s experience of loss and grief, Dark Times is a superb anthology about a topic that often remains hidden but is crucial in the development of a child’s sense of identity.