Starting middle school is hard, end of story. You have to find your way to new classes, with new teachers, in a new building, all while trying to not trip over your suddenly huge feet in front of someone really cute. Besides homework, hormones, bullies, and parents, middle schoolers also have to deal with the CIA, lightsabers, and a fake pickle club. (Or at least the heroes of these middle school novels do.) Let’s all try to put a more lighthearted, adventurous spin on what can be, really, a tough time in a kid’s life.