Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. Enjoy!

Whatever After Abby in Wonderland Review by 8th Grader Abby April 19, 2018

Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski is my favorite series in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!

This series is about a girl named Abby who just moved to Smithville with her family. When they moved to their new house, they saw a VERY old mirror. One night they heard a noise and they went to their basement and knocked on the mirror three times and they transported to a fairytale. Ever since that, they go into fairy tales EVERY midnight.


In the story Whatever After Abby in Wonderland, Abby, the main character,  went to her arch nemesis Penny’s house with her two great friends, Frankie and Robin. Abby is excited to go but she doesn’t like how Penny brags A LOT about how rich she is. When they all get there, they go outside and decide to play cards. While they’re playing, one of their cards flies away and lands by a hole in a golf park. Frankie goes and collects the card and she falls into the BIG HOLE! Abby gets scared and she goes after her with Robin and Penny. EW! When they land out of the hole, they find themselves in Alice in Wonderland. Robin and Penny are having A LOT of fun, While Abby is stressed out because they do not know her SECRET. Will she have to tell them her secret or will they ruin the story?

This book is very relatable because my name is Abby and the main character name is Abby. I love fairy tales, princesses, love, affection, and happy ending are my favorite! The author, Sarah Mlynowski, writes amazing fantasy which is up my alley. This book is a book that you would want to read in order of books to understand it, but if you don’t read them in order then it is ok. If you are into fairy tales and friendship then you will like this book and if you want to read the new book Whatever After Two Peas in a Pod is coming out on April 24, 2018!


The House of Hades Book Review by 8th Grader Josh April 18, 2018

The House of Hades is the fourth book in the Olympian Heroes series by Rick Riordan. JoshThe story is about how Annabeth is trapped in the underworld that was opened by a battle between Percy Jackson and Jason Grace. Percy tried to grab her hand but it was too late and she fell to the underworld. Percy is so worried about what is going to happen to Annabeth. Percy, Jason, and the others go on to their ship and make an adventure to the underworld.

The series is so good because it shows that they all care about each other and they help each other. This book is good because it reminds me back to the Percy Jackson series and how they always will save someone in a very dangerous conditions. The book really shows how Percy and Annabeth always care about each other and tells a very good love story in the book with good adventures to the underworld.

House of Hades by Rick Riordan is a fiction book. If you like anything with Greekology or Romanology, you must read this series! The series is about how both the Greek and Roman Mythology must come together and defeat Gaia Mother earth from destroying her children the gods like Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. This a thrilling series that I will continue to read until it ends. The book is so amazing that I like how the characters care each for other and Percy and Annabeth have a strong relationship. They have to fight all of the challenges they face against the underworld. It was so much adventure and romance. If you want to read anything besides the Olympian Heroes, then read the author’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and this is about Noroseloy. This series is about how Magus Chase was supposed to be dead but was still alive and the Asgardians need his help to stop Loki the Asgardian of Misjiff. Read any of these books that this amazing authors writes.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid Review by 7th Grader Eduardo April 17, 2018

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In the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, Greg’s parents buy a toy called Santa’s Scout. It sees Greg and his brother Rodrick. Everywhere Greg goes, Santa’s Scout is there and he thinks it’s Rodrick moving it wherever he’s going. Santa’s Scout checks out if Greg is being naughty or nice. Greg is nervous that he will mess up and be on the naughty list. Greg is being extra nice in front of Santa’s Scout. Rodrick is trying to get Greg on the naughty list by lying that Greg stole money from his mom. Rodrick moves the toy everywhere Greg goes so if he messes up and Santa’s Scout is there watching him then he’s on the naughty list

Greg’s family gets stuck in a snowstorm and they are running out of food and there’s no electricity. Greg is stuck inside the house with his family and cabin fever sets in. 

I like how the pictures show us what the book is trying to tell you. It helps tell you what’s happening in the story. The book is is funny because there is a lot of dumb things that happen to Greg that embarrass him. If you watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, I recommend you read the books.


Dogs of War Book Review by 7th Grader Juan April 13, 2018

DogDog’s of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox is a graphic novel with three different stories about three dogs – Boots, Loki, and Sheba. These dogs are based on real dogs that were used in war against the Nazis or other threats.

My favorite story was about Loki and Cooper. They were in a base during World War II. Cooper would share his food with Loki and stay with him. Another part I liked was when Cooper and Loki fought off three Nazis and end up overpowering them and meet up with the sarge. They all head to the base greeting each other.

People should read this book. I recommend this to people who like dogs or are really interested in history.                


I Funny Book Review by 7th Grader Jonathan


In the book, I Funny by James Patterson, Jamie Gram is a middle school aged kid. He is a kid who makes everyone laugh. When Jamie’s uncle told him he should compete in the kids comedy show, he said no. Then he thought about it for awhile. After telling a couple jokes to his aunt and uncle, he decided yes. When Jamie goes to his first competition he does well. Jamie goes to the state finals.

I liked this book because it is about a kid who loves to tell jokes. I love to tell jokes to other people. While I was reading this book, I laughed so many times. I recommend this book to people who love to tell jokes.


Bull’s Eye Book Review by 7th Grader Addy C. April 12, 2018

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BullsBull’s Eye by Sarah N. Harvey is about a girl named Emily who finds out a huge secret that changes her life!

Emily’s life was all normal and then Emily’s mom hands her a box full of stuff from her aunt. A picture falls from the bottom of the box and it is a picture of Emily’s mom and her aunt standing outside the Hotel in Vancouver’s West End. A minute later, she looks at it and noticed that her aunt is very pregnant and her mom that she is living with now is not. This picture was taken not long before the day she was born. Emily wants to go find her real mom and her real dad. So she went to the Hotel in Vancouver to stay there. During the day, she would go looking for them. Emily searched for her parents for a week but it wasn’t easy to uncover the truth.

I think that everybody who likes mystery books would really like this book. I really liked this book because there were a lot of twists in this book. There were things I didn’t see coming. There are some mature words in this book so I think 7th and 8th graders should read this.


First Crossover, Then Rebound April 4, 2018

Rebound by Kwame Alexander is the prequel to the book The Crossover.  Rebound goes back in time to tell the story of Charlie “Chuck” Bell and how basketball became his life before he grew up, settled down, got married, and had Jordan and Josh Bell, the main characters in The Crossover.

RBCharlie Bell is hit hard by his father’s sudden death. Anger and confusion change Charlie’s outlook and his relationship with his mom. Things at home get bad and Charlie’s mom decides to ship him off to his grandparent’s house for the summer. Grandpa Bell is ready to put Charlie, or as he calls him – Chuck, to work! Charlie just wants to read comics all day but Grandpa isn’t having that! Aside from hard labor, Charlie tags along to the Boys and Girls Club (similar to the YMCA) with his Grandpa and Roxie, his cousin. Roxie is a dedicated basketball player. Charlie doesn’t even like basketball, in fact, he’s terrible at it! Charlie is coerced into filling in a spot during a 3 on 3 game and that is the beginning of his new found interest in the game. Over the summer, Charlie learns a lot about basketball, his family, and himself. Chuck turns things around and is able to rebound on the basketball court and in his life.

If you’ve already read The Crossover, this is a must read! I read The Crossover several years ago but it all came back to me as I read Rebound. I was able to make connections between both books. When I got to the end, there was a great surprise waiting that I did not expect! I loved The Crossover and LOVED Rebound even more, and I’m not even a basketball fan!

The author, Kwame Alexander, mixes up this novel in verse by throwing in some comic strip pages throughout the story. Get your hands on this book because it will not disappoint!