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!

7th Grade Student Guest Blogger – Sydney H. March 22, 2013

Stop PretendingI read Stop Pretending – What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones.

This book is about a girl named Cookie. She is 13 years old and has an older sister that is 19 years old. One day, Cookie’s sister comes home from the mall with many bags of clothes. She keeps pulling out the same sweaters, just in different colors. Later, Cookie realizes that something is wrong with her sister. Cookie’s sister is put into a mental hospital for awhile. Cookie is going through her own life wondering what went wrong with her sister. She faces many challenges of trying to hide the secret of her sister with friends at school, and is going through a very rough time, but then something good finally happens, and Cookie’s life is getting better.

I picked this text because it seemed like it was going to be very interesting and a story about a girl just like me, but something different happens to her. I liked this book because it is talking about how Cookie is trying to live her life the way it normally was, but it is so hard. I would recommend this book to a friend, it is more of a girl book, but boys can read it as well.


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