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. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

An Old Favorite…Reread February 11, 2013

I just finished rereading the book  Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume.  The book is older than I am (published in 1974), but young girls today can probably still connect to the main character Margaret.  The questions that Margaret deals with are timeless.  Her Grandparents disowned her mother when she chose to marry a man of a different faith, leaving Margaret to grow up with no religion at all in a time where all of her friends either go to temple or Sunday school.  As a whole, I think religion is less a part of teenagers lives today, but it is still something that I’m sure is dealt with.  Also, Margaret is waiting anxiously “to become a woman” and deals with having a crush much the way girls still do today.  Will Margaret find a God that she connects with?  Will she ever become a woman?

I definitely enjoyed rereading this classic coming to age novel. The publishers should rerelease a 21st century edition so young girls everywhere could be reintroduced to this great book.


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