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!

Anything But Ordinary – Guest Book Review by Mrs. Krygeris, 6th grade teacher June 27, 2013

Seventeen year old Bryce Graham trained to be an Olympic diver for as long as she can remember. A high school senior, she plans to attend Vanderbilt University on a diving scholarship along with her boyfriend Greg and her best friend Gabby. The three are inseparable, whether at diving practices and meets or outside the pool. Everything in Bryce’s life seems to be perfect, until the day of the Olympic trials when her life is forever altered.

Anything But Ordinary Anything But Ordinary is Lara Avery’s first novel, written just two years after she graduated college. Avery’s plot encompasses not just the almost unbelievable twist of fate that changes Bryce’s life forever, but how this event affects all the important people in Bryce’s inner circle: her younger sister Sydney, her father, mother, and of course, both Greg and Gabby. Bryce has incredible physical and emotional obstacles to deal with and as you read her story, you’ll find yourself cheering for her, wishing you could remind her of how far she’s come and how much she’s accomplished. Lucky for Bryce, she gains a new friend, Carter, a young medical student, who becomes an important champion for her as she struggles to deal with all the changes that have happened in both her life and in the lives of the people she loves.

This is a book that I couldn’t put down because I just had to know how the story would resolve. The ending has quite an expected twist, one that made me both cry and smile. So, without divulging any more of Avery’s incredible first novel, I invite you to read Anything But Ordinary and leave some time to ponder how you would react if this happened to you?


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