Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon - A story about a baby bat that gets separated from her mother, and is taken in by a mother bird. The mother bird tries to raise Stellaluna as one of her own, but Stellaluna just can't fit in.
The Giver by Lois Lowry. Is always a favorite for middle school readers. Most students read ahead because they can't put it down. I have parents ask for a copy to finish because they will start reading it when their children have it home!
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan,