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 Guest Blogger – Jami L. April 7, 2013

Filed under: Mystery and Ghost Stories,Student Book Reviews — bhomel @ 5:48 pm
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What would you do if there was a serial killer on the loose in your own town? How scared would you be if you knew you had to walk home all alone? Would you take the safe, but long way home, or would you take the shortcut through the field?

Well, 16 year old Stephanie didn’t seem to care about any serial killer when she took the shortcut. While walking through the field, she felt a tingly sensation on her neck. Before she knew it, she blacked out and later woke up in an old cabin with rope tied around her, lying on the ground! Stephanie needs to first find out a way to somehow break free of the ropes and then find her way home. Of course, the important question is… Who did this to her?

I picked the book Taken by Norah McClintock because, it looked like a page-turner. I really enjoyed the suspense of it, and how it always kept me on my feet. This book is perfect for any gender. My favorite part was when she felt the tingly sensation on her neck. That part really had me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Taken is a mystery. Even if you don’t like mystery novels, you should definitely give this book a chance. I liked that it wasn’t slow-paced, and it got straight to the point.


One Response to “7th Grade Guest Blogger – Jami L.”

  1. Sheila Kelly Welch Says:


    Good review! I’m impressed with you and the other 7th graders, reading and writing so well. I will give this book a chance even though as an author myself, I often write slow-paced stories that do not get straight to the point.

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