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None of these are new books--I moved from middle to high school several years ago. The Darren Shan series (Cirque du Freak and Demonata) are very popular with boys. The Gregor the Overlander series is great (in fact, after I moved to the high school, several former students tracked me down to see if I had the last book of the series). Girls love The Coven series by Cate Tiernan and the Seven Deadly Sins by Robin Wasserman. Fantasy is very popular with this age range, add some romance for the girls and you've got it.
Boys in my 8th grade class were all about the zombies this last year. Try the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, The Enemy series by Charlie Higson. Creepy, zombies, and a mystery.
Girls like the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, (young girl is in spy school!) The Matched series by Ally Condie (dystopian society.) Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White (girl agent working in a supernatual world.)
My 8th graders loved all the John Green books - Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, etc... They also loved the James Patterson series that starts with the book, Maximum Ride. I got hooked on those with them. Other good books that work for both the boys and girls are Trapped by Northrup, the Ender's Games series, Outsiders and That Was Then, This Was Now by Hinton, and the Hunger Games.
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