RKR's Recommended Reads for 2018

Welcome 2018! With a new year comes a brand new reading list. RKR is excited about many titles publishing this year, and we hope you add the books below to your reading list…we already have!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

In the lavish world of Orleans, Belles are responsible for controlling beauty, and Camellia is one. The citizens are born gray and only with the help of a Belle can they be made beautiful. However, Camellia wishes for more than just being a Belle—she wants to be the favorite. But when she arrives at the palace with all of her Belle sisters, she concludes that being the favorite is not all that it is cracked up to be. Now with the queen asking her to risk her life and her fellow Belle sisters in danger, Camellia must decide if she wants to change the ways of the world or save the way of the Belles.

The Unflushables by Ron Bates

Thirteen-year-old Sully Stringfellow has always admired Nitro City’s plumbers—they resemble superheroes in his eyes. The plumbers are tasked with overseeing the city’s sewers until the Ironwater Corporation discredits them. Now Nitro City is overrun by mutant creatures and it is up to Sully and the plumbers to save the day in this hysterical tale. 

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Marvin and his twin brother Tyler go to a party together but what starts out as a good time ends with a shooting, which then leads to a police raid. The next day Marvin goes to look for a missing Tyler and then finds out through a video that he was shot and killed by a police officer. As tensions continue to rise and Marvin and his mother try and cope with the loss of his twin, Marvin struggles to define what freedom and justice truly mean.

Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks

Peter Gronkowski has always been ambitious and even views himself as a businessman. He is sick of seeing lemonade stands on his block and strives to accomplish something bigger and even hires an intern to help him form his business. He ends up hiring Rachel, but is surprised when she has innovative ideas and isn’t afraid to share them. When Rachel decides to leave Peter, and open up a competitive business—the rivalry is on. Told in alternating points of view between Peter and Rachel this is one hilarious book you don’t want to miss out on.

Dork Diaries 13—Tales of a Not So Happy Birthday by Rachel Renee Russell

It is Nikki Maxwell’s birthday and you know what that means. Cake, presents and a party will all be present. The question is will the birthday be a success or will something go horribly awry? Find out in Nikki’s newest diary.

12 Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn

Kira gives everything up—her school, her friends, her boyfriend—and moves away when her father enters rehab. Now that he is out and she has returned home she is determined to get her life back on track to how it was, exactly the way she left it. She even makes her own 12 steps list to achieve that goal, but somewhere between steps 1 and 12 she realizes that when your parent is an alcoholic there is no such thing as normal.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani  

If you are looking for a historical fiction book for middle graders, this is the choice for you. Nisha is a twelve-year-old girl grappling with the newfound freedom of India from Great Britian but the split of the country into both India and Pakistan in the late 1940’s. The change has caused lots of violence in the region and when Nisha’s father decides that living in their homeland of Pakistan is no longer safe they travel by both foot and train to reach their new destination and become refugees. Struggling with losing both her homeland as well as her mother at birth, Nisha copes by writing letters to her late mom.