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!

Check Out This Cover! June 18, 2013

Filed under: Mystery and Ghost Stories — bhomel @ 9:36 pm
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Two reasons why I picked up this book: 1. the creepy looking cover and 2. it was about Facebook. As a fan of social media, I had to read this book even though scary and mysterious books are out of my reading comfort zone. This genre was a challenge for me because I usually stay away from anything that looks scary. (I am a big chicken, I know!)

I am glad I read Defriended by Ruth Baron. Defriended is about a high school student named Jason. Jason finds Lacey on Facebook because she had the same obscure music lyrics posted on her Facebook profile as Jason did. He sent her a friend request and in time they became Facebook friends. Jason had so much in common with Lacey. After chatting and sending private messages back and forth, Jason took a chance and asked Lacey if she wanted to meet IRL – in real life.

That’s when things started to get very strange!! Lacey seemed to be acting a little different now – and she told Jason that things were complicated in her life at the moment. Being curious, Jason decided to Google Lacey. Jason discovered several articles reporting the death of Lacey a few months back!! How could the Lacey he’d been talking to online, the Lacey he was hoping to be his girlfriend, BE DEAD? Jason had to find out if this was a joke someone was playing or if Lacey’s ghost was talking to him online!

Jason gets to the bottom of Lacey’s Facebook messages and is surprised by what he finds out!

This book will keep you reading because you will want to know what Jason finds out about his Facebook friend Lacey!


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