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MS Read: Kids Read 2022

Books and resources for middle school

Kids Read 2022 Books


pile of booksWe have selected ten genres, and six books within each genre.  And we now have fourteen schools participating in this year's Kids Read competition!

Participating schools:

  • Western Academy of Beijing
  • International School of Beijing
  • Keystone Academy
  • International school of Qingdao
  • Teda International School
  • Beijing World Youth Academy
  • Yantai Huasheng International School
  • Tianjin International School
  • Dalian American International School
  • International School of Nanshan Shenzen
  • Wahaha International School Hangzhou
  • Shanghai Soon Ching Ling School
  • Nanjing International School
  • Daystar Academy


  • Join the Kids Read ASA 
  • Read as many of the books on the list as possible
  • Take part in the activities and quizzes along the way,
  • if you want you can do this just for fun, or you can join our team to compete
  • Our top 8 readers will form 2 teams of 4 students to take part in the quiz bowl in February 2022 at Western Academy of Beijing

Categories and Books 2022

Category           Title                           Author
Panda Books    A wish in the Dark     Christina Soontornvat
Panda Books    Show Me a Sign     Ann Clare LeZotte
Panda Books    Peter Lee's Notes from the Field    Angela Ahn
Panda Books    Wink     Rob Harrell 
Panda Books    White Fox     Jiatong Chen 
Panda Books    The surprising power of a good dumpling     Wai Chim 
Humourous    Undercover robot     David Edmonds 
Humourous    Fly on the wall     Remy Lai 
Humourous    The Field Guide to the North American Teenager    Ben Philippe
Humourous    Stand up, Yumi Chung!    Jessica Kim
Humourous    My life as a potato    Arianne Costner
Humourous    The gifted, the talented and me     William Sutcliffe
Dystopian/Science Fiction    Rise of the Red Hand     Olivia Chadha 
Dystopian/Science Fiction    Game Changer     Neal Shusterman 
Dystopian/Science Fiction    The Middler     Kirsty Applebaum 
Dystopian/Science Fiction    The Quiet at the End of the World     Laurne James
Dystopian/Science Fiction    Generation One     Pittacus Lore 
Dystopian/Science Fiction    The Lion of Mars     Jennifer Holm 
Mystery/Detective    The Golden Tresses of the Dead    Alan Bradley 
Mystery/Detective    Tornado Brain     Cat Patrick 
Mystery/Detective    Cream buns and crime    Robin Stevens
Mystery/Detective    One of Us is Next     Karen M. McManus 
Mystery/Detective    Spy Camp (Spy School #2)     Stuart Gibbs 
Mystery/Detective    From the Desk of Zoe Washington    Janae Marks 
Horror/Suspense    Took     Mary Downing Hahn 
Horror/Suspense    The Ash House,     Angharad  Walker
Horror/Suspense    The Ghost Tree     Christina Henry 
Horror/Suspense    Harrow Lake     Kat Ellis 
Horror/Suspense    The Mulberry Tree     Allison Rush 
Horror/Suspense    Mondays are Murder     Tanya Landman 
Short Stories    The book of dragons : an anthology     edited by Jonathan Strahan
Short Stories    Parkland speaks     edited by Sarah Lerner 
Short Stories    Too Small Tola     Atinuke 
Short Stories    Look Both Ways     Jason Reynolds 
Short Stories    Together Apart    
Short Stories    Once Upon an Eid    S.K. Ali 
Diversity    Catherine's war     Julia Billet 
Diversity    No ballet shoes in Syria     Catherine Bruton 
Diversity    A place at the table     Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan 
Diversity    They Both Die at the End     Sandie Angulo Chen 
Diversity    When Stars are Scattered     Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed 
Diversity    A Good Kind of Trouble    Lisa Moore Ramee 
Nonfiction    Earth Heroes     Lily Dyu 
Nonfiction    Alphamaniacs     Paul Fleishman 
Nonfiction    The Racers     Neal Bascomb 
Nonfiction    This is your brain on stereotypes    Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Drew Shannon
Nonfiction    Every Falling Star    Sungju Lee 
Nonfiction    Free Lunch    Rex Ogle
Historical fiction    The short knife     Elen Caldecott
Historical fiction    Lifeboat 12 : based on a true story     Susan Hood
Historical fiction    M is for Movement    Inosanto Nagara
Historical fiction    All he knew     Helen Frost
Historical fiction    Prairie Lotus     Linda Sue Park 
Historical fiction    Trowbridge Road    Marcella Pixley 
Realistic Fiction    Forward me back to you     Mitali Perkins
Realistic Fiction    Dry     Neal Shusterman 
Realistic Fiction    Any Day with You     Mae Respicio 
Realistic Fiction    Efrén Divided     Ernesto Cisneros 
Realistic Fiction    We dream of Space     Erin Entrada Kelly 
Realistic Fiction    The Contender     Robert Lipsyte 

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Our Philosophy and Purpose
The purpose of KIDS READ is to foster a love of reading, to encourage young people to explore all genres of literature, and to broaden their range of authors from around the world. The focus of the quiz is children’s literature – from nursery rhymes and picture books, classic children’s titles to contemporary titles that are suitable for and interesting to 11 to 14 year olds.

The spirit of KIDS READ is to try and involve all students in this literary experience, whether they have been keen on books from early on, have only just discovered the joy of reading, or are reluctant to open a book.
KIDS READ provides a solid reading program as all genres of literature can be explored. KIDS READ can contribute greatly to a library program and its collections.


Although KIDS READ is a competitive activity, which culminates in the China Finals, the onus is on the students’ individual journey and discovery of literature.

Kids Read 2022 Poster