There is no doubt that we live in trying times. The news is riddled with stories of global unrest, stateside unrest, racial tensions, conflict between countries, oppressive governments, and the list goes on. It is our jobs as educators to introduce our students to literature that not only brings these issues to light, but literature that will help them make the connections to the issues in ways that encourage them to make a difference.
Below are the top 10 novels for middle school students that shine a light on global issues, and the best news is, you probably already have these novels in your library! Grab this free list of 100+ Literary Elements and Terms to use when reading these novels!
Refugee by Alan Gratz-
Following the story of three characters fleeing from Nazi Germany, 1990s Cuba, and modern day Syria, students receive historically accurate accounts of the challenges and hardships faced by refugees fleeing for their lives.