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MiniMize Middle School

This list contains the Middle School homeschool books recommended by The MiniMize Life.

The book list is meant for school-age children and adults who already know how to read.

Complete Homeschool Curriculum with Free Homeschool Books

The books below, a math curriculum, and daily writing assignments offer a complete middle school education. A can be found for free in the public domain in the U. S.

If you are not located in the U. S., please check the copyright laws for your country, as copyright protection may be different.

This list is divided into 3 years, grades 6-8, and contains approximately 25 books per year.

Reading each within a 2-week period, year-round, will ensure that all of the books are covered.

The McGuffey’s Readers

That is if they are read consecutively.

The only exception to this rule is the McGuffey’s Readers.

Those should be read a Lesson per day in conjunction with another book from the list.

How to Read the Homeschool Books

Click the link of each title to be taken to the eBook review or resource page. Book reviews will provide general information about what can be found in the book including a brief synopsis, religion, social issues, and more. Links to various formats are located near the bottom of the resource page.

You can also read the books listed below online at www.gutenberg.org by searching for the title or author name.

The books can be downloaded as a PDF or Word document or saved to a device, as well.

Middle School Homeschool Books

The Middle School homeschool books assume that the student is at a sixth through the eighthgrade level.

This is not always the case, as students do not always learn at the same pace as others.

However, in terms of public-school grade levels, these books will appear much more advanced.

Do not assume that an older student is “behind” if they are reading at this level.

If you are truly concerned with your student’s reading abilities, please seek professional assistance.

Year Six Homeschool Books

The Sixth Year homeschool books feature more mature content than those found in the Elementary level.

You might want to review this content and answer any questions that your student may have.

*Your student should read these books in the order listed, with the exception of book # 138.

McGuffey’s 4th Reader

The 4th Reader is listed as book # 138 on this list.

However, in order to use this in a 1 lesson per day format, you will need to begin immediately.

If your student does 1 lesson per day, use McGuffey’s 4th reader in conjunction with another book.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Six book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 3 chapters each day.

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 2 chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 1 ½ chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

At a minimum, require 1 chapter per day; though you should be aware that at this pace, the child will probably not finish the book list completely. However, with the level of reading and vocabulary in this booklist that might still amount to a thorough education.

Year Six Book List

129. At Agincourt, by G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters.

130. Little Women; Or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amyby Louisa May Alcott – 47 Chapters (586 pages).

131. At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta Warby G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters.

132. Bob, Son of Battleby Bob Alfred Ollivant – 30 Chapters.

133. Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie – 17 Chapters.

134. Beric the Briton: a Story of the Roman Invasion, by G. A. Henty – 21 Chapters.

135. Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo’s Boysby Louisa May Alcott – 21 Chapters (354 pages).

136. The Wonderful Wizard of Ozby L. Frank Baum – 24 Chapters (261 pages).

137. Bonnie Prince Charlie: a Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden, by G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters.

138. McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader, by William Holmes McGuffey – 90 Lessons.

More Year Six Books…

139. Both Sides the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower, by G. A. Henty – 21 Chapters.

140. The Pied Piper of Hamelinby Robert Browning – 15 Verses.

141. The Boys’ Life of Lafayetteby Helen Nicolay – 30 Chapters (299 pages).

142. By England’s Aid; or, the Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604), by G. A. Henty – 23 Chapters.

143. Brave and Bold; Or, The Fortunes of Robert Rushton, by Horatio Alger Jr. – 35 Chapters.

144. By Pike and Dyke: a Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic, by G. A. Henty – 21 Chapters.

145. Facing the World, by Horatio Alger Jr. – 16 Chapters.

146. By Right of Conquest; Or, With Cortez in Mexicoby G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters.

147. David Crockett, Scoutby Charles Fletcher Allen – 23 Chapters (309 pages).

148. By Sheer Pluck: A Tale of the Ashanti War, by G. A. Henty – 23 Chapters.

149. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, by Booker T. Washington – 17 Chapters.

150. “Captains Courageous”: A Story of the Grand Banksby Rudyard Kipling – 10 Chapters.

151. Colonel Thorndyke’s Secretby G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters.

152. Told by Uncle Remus: New Stories of the Old Plantationby Joel Chandler Harris – 16 Chapters (295 pages).

153. The Hound of the Baskervillesby Arthur Conan Doyle – 15 Chapters.

Year Seven Homeschool Books

The Year Seven homeschool books continue building on the Sixth level.

Be aware that the original Grimms’ Fairy Tales are included in this year’s reading material.

Some students may be sensitive to this book, though we tried to find one suitable for children.

*Your student should read these books in the order listed, with the exception of book 159.

McGuffey’s 5th Reader

The 5th Reader is listed as book # 159 on this list.

However, in order to use this in a 1 lesson per day format, you will need to begin immediately.

If your student does 1 lesson per day, use McGuffey’s 5th Reader in conjunction with another book.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Seven book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 3 – 3 ½ chapters each day.597

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 2 – 2 ½ chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 1 ½ – 2 chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

At a minimum, read 1 chapter a day, though you should be aware that at that pace the student probably won’t finish the entire list.

Year Seven Book List

154. Dorothy’s Double. Volume 1 (of 3), by G. A. Henty – 8 Chapters (1-8).

155. Volume 2 (of 3),Dorothy’s Double, by G. A. Henty – 8 Chapters (9-16).

156. Dorothy’s Double. Volume 3 (of 3), by G. A. Henty – 7 Chapters (17-23).

157. Nights With Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris – 71 Chapters (339 pages).

158. Facing Death; Or, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit: A Tale of the Coal Mines, by G. A. Henty – 31 Chapters (304 pages).

159. McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Readerby William Holmes McGuffey – 117 Lessons.

160. The Secret Gardenby Frances Hodgson Burnett – 27 Chapters (375 pages).

161. For Name and Fame; Or, Through Afghan Passesby G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters.

162. Grimms’ Fairy Talesby Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm – 51 Fairy Tales (367 pages).

163. For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalemby G. A. Henty – 19 Chapters.

164. Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Regions of the Worldby Jonathan Swift – 16 Chapters Total; Part 1 8 Chapters, Part 2 8 Chapters.

165. Friends, though divided: A Tale of the Civil War, by G. A. Henty – 26 Chapters.

More Year Seven Books…

166. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain – 35 Chapters.

167. The Border Boys in the Canadian Rockiesby Fremont B. Deering – 30 Chapters (306 pages).

168. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Vol. 1)by Ulysses S. Grant – 39 Chapters (1-39).

169. The Border Boys Across the Frontierby Fremont B. Deering – 25 Chapters.

170. Held Fast For England: A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)by G. A. Henty – 17 Chapters.

171. The Jungle Bookby Rudyard Kipling – 7 Chapters, 2 parts each.

172. Dick Hamilton’s Fortune; Or, The Stirring Doings of a Millionaire’s Sonby Howard R. Garis – 31 Chapters (275 pages).

173. In Freedom’s Cause : A Story of Wallace and Bruceby G. A. Henty – 27 Chapters.

174. Dick Hamilton’s Cadet Days; Or, The Handicap of a Millionaire’s Sonby Howard R. Garis – 31 Chapters (271 pages).

175. The Second Jungle Bookby Rudyard Kipling – 8 Chapters, 2 parts each (324 pages).

176. In Greek Waters: A Story of the Grecian War of Independenceby G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters.

177. The Pathfinder; Or, The Inland Seaby James Fenimore Cooper – 30 Chapters.

178. In the Hands of the Cave-Dwellersby G. A. Henty – 9 Chapters.

Year Eight Homeschool Books

The Year Eight homeschool books will continue to progress into the high school level books.

This year, students will read The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has 404 parts.

Due to small sections in the book, I have calculated a chapter to equal approximately 4 parts, for a total.

Make sure your student is aware of this.

*Your student should read these books in the order listed, with the exception of book # 194.

McGuffey’s 6th Reader

The 6th Reader is listed as book # 194 in this list.

However, in order to use this in a 1 lesson per day format, you will need to begin immediately.

If your student does 1 lesson per day, use McGuffey’s 6th Reader in conjunction with another book.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Eight book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 3 chapters each day.

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 2 chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 1 ½ chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

Again, at a minimum, require at least 1 chapter a day; and remember that, at this pace, the student might not finish the entire list.

Year Eight Book List

179. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Vol. 2), by Ulysses S. Grant – 31 Chapters (40-70).

180. Harry Watson’s High School Days; Or, The Rivals of Rivertown, by Frank V. Webster – 25 Chapters (200 pages).

181. In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Coloradoby G. A. Henty – 19 Chapters.

182. The Student’s Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving – 76 Chapters.

183. In the Irish Brigade: A Tale of War in Flanders and Spainby G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters.

184. The Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – 22 Verses.

185. In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy, by G. A. Henty – 15 Chapters.

186. The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain – 33 Chapters and Conclusion, 34 parts total.

187. In Times of Peril: A Tale of Indiaby G. A. Henty – 24 Chapters.

188. The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)by Daniel Defoe – 238 pages, 3 Parts.

189. Jack Archer: A Tale of the Crimeaby G. A. Henty – 26 Chapters.

More Year Eight Books

190. The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, by John Bunyan – 404 Parts, count 4 parts as 1 chapter, then you have 101 Chapters.

191. Maori and Settler: A Story of The New Zealand Warby G. A. Henty – 18 Chapters (352 pages).

192. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling, Volume XI, Verses 1889-1896by Rudyard Kipling – 88 Verses.

193. No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendee, by G. A. Henty – 18 Chapters.

194. McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader, by William Holmes McGuffey – 138 Lessons.

195. The Boy Pilot of the Lakesby Frank V. Webster – 25 Chapters (201 pages).

196. On the Irrawaddy: A Story of the First Burmese Warby G. A. Henty – 18 Chapters.

197. One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterlooby G. A. Henty – 19 Chapters.

198. The Spy, by James Fenimore Cooper – 35 Chapters.

199. The Pony Rider Boys in Montana; Or, The Mystery of the Old Custer Trailby Frank Gee Patchin – 24 Chapters.

200. The Western Worldby William Henry Giles Kingston – 5 Parts, 36 Chapters total: Part 1, 9 Chapters; Part 2, 2 Chapters; Part 3, 19 Chapters; Part 4, 3 Chapters; Part 5, 3 Chapters.

201. The Pony Rider Boys in the Alkali; Or, Finding a Key to the Desert Mazeby Frank Gee Patchin – 24 Chapters.

202. Journal of my journey over the mountainsby George Washington – 131 pages.

More About the Middle School Homeschool Books

While this list does provide a structured path of reading material from sixth through eighth grade, more is needed.

You will need to provide your student with a Math Curriculum and writing assignments.

However, the reading list should cover all other subjects, except extracurricular, fine arts, and physical education.

Those topics will be covered later.

For now, simply take a page from our homeschool books and concentrate on the 3 R’s.

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

Math and the MiniMize Method

The MiniMize Life recommends using Ray’s Arithmetic for Math.

These books may be found in the public domain for free.

We also like Saxon Math books (Editions 1, 2, and 3), though they are not free and are physical textbooks.

If you’d like to know more about Saxon Math and how to incorporate it into your homeschool, read this.

Writing and the MiniMize Method

A writing assignment should be completed by the student every school day.

At this level, your students should be writing a full page on their own each day.

Allow your students to write what they like.

When they are finished, read their paper and circle any errors; then, have the student rewrite the paper with corrections. This is the second draft.

The 1st and 2nd drafts should be done in one day.

3rd drafts should be proofread and rewritten or typed into a Word Document.

If your student can not decide on a topic to write about, you can assign one.

Have Fun!

The most important thing about homeschool, after learning stuff, is to have fun.

Don’t get wound up in schedules and charts.

Focus on creating a love for learning and building regular habits.

Attitude is Everything

Be careful about how you present “school” to your children.

Speaking about it in a negative way will set your student up for failure.

Instead of expecting hard, boring tasks that they hate, you should train them to think well of school.

Saying, “Let’s practice a little,” is much better than, “I know you don’t want to, but …”

It’s all in the presentation.

School is just another thing we do each day after we eat breakfast and brush our teeth!

And how cool is it to know all this amazing stuff?

Let us know what you think! Did we miss anything? Do you have any questions? Tell us in the comments, below.

For more on the MiniMize Method of homeschooling, you can read this.

To see the High School Book List, go here.