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!

7th Grade Guest Blogger – Alex B. April 7, 2013

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong is one of my favorite books of the year. It is a survival story about three boys and their dad. They go out to sea to travel the world after their mom dies. Their dad falls into deep depression. Soon their dad goes missing.

Did he throw himself overboard; just because he could not live with himself? What will happen? Can they live? How will they pull together and fight for their lives? Would you be able to handle the the sea and it’s fury?

I picked this text because I love any book that has to do with teamwork and survival. The best thing about this book is all of the teamwork and family. Anyone can read it! I think everyone will love this book. I really think you should give it a try even if you don’t like survival stories!

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2 Responses to “7th Grade Guest Blogger – Alex B.”

  1. mhherlong Says:

    Dear Alex, Thanks for reading my book! I’m glad you liked it. Your comments are right on the mark! I wonder if you’d like my new book BUDDY. It’s very different. It’s about a boy, a dog, and Hurricane Katrina. M.H. Herlong

  2. Sheila Kelly Welch Says:

    How cool to have a response from the author! The Internet is amazing. Both these books sound great, and I plan to read them. Thanks for your comments, Alex.


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