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!

When Mermaids Meet Humans… May 28, 2013

Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just For Fins

By: Tera Lynn Childs


Forgive My Fins, the first book in the series,was quite clever and fitting for the overall post. I will say this was an incredibly cute love story that captured it’s reader right from the beginning; all this coming from a non-fantasy and non-mermaid fan…typically. This book has it all:

-A secret the main character is hiding from everyone, including the guy that she loves and her best friend.

-Typical teenage drama and the feelings of liking someone so much and them not knowing.

-Characters you root for, especially the underdog Quince who you can’t help but love.

-An underwater, magical kingdom equipped with an evil cousin that will stop at nothing to see our main character suffer.

As you can see this book has a lot of different faucets and reasons to take you on the magical journey underwater.

After having finished the next two books, Fins are Forever and Just For Fins, I must admit that I am incredibly impressed. The writing got even better and I found myself not being able to put the books down. This series is definitely one I will purchase for my incoming 8th graders, and I think would be suitable for all middle school students. As the drama heightens and we see more of the mermaid, underwater adventures in the second two books, there is still a sense of realism that I believe anyone can connect to!

Happy readings 😉


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