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!

War Book October 23, 2012

So last school year I read the book The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt. 

This was one of the books booktalked by Downers Grove South librarians to 8th graders a year ago as a choice for their summer reading project. This book puts me in mind of Purple Heart with the trauma combat soldiers can suffer. However, The Things a Brother Knows delves into the confusion family members can feel when a soldier returns home…changed. Levi isn’t sure how to deal with his older brother Boaz. The whole town regards him as a hero, but Boaz doesn’t come out of his bedroom, and barely talks to anyone. When Levi realizes his brother is planning on leaving again to go off to points unknown he has to make a decision, one that will effect his whole family and possibly the future life of his brother. This book I would recommend for 8th grade and up because of the mature content.


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