Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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What if someone else had your name? July 14, 2013

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — oneilllibrary @ 11:41 am
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imgresWhile one Wes Moore was growing on the East coast in New York City and in Baltimore, Maryland, there was another Wes Moore. However, one ended up being a Rhodes Scholar, graduating from John Hopkins College and the other was put in prison for life after participating in a robbery that killed an off duty police officer. How could two young men, both with many of the same struggles, end up with two very different lives?

This is the question Wes Moore asks in his book Discovering Wes Moore. When he was in South Africa on an exchange program during his final year in college, his mother told him someone with his name was being sought for murder. It began to haunt Wes. He wanted to know more about this other person with his name who was accused of something very wrong and tragic.

As we follow the life of Wes Moore, the author, we see his life had many ups and downs, and at no point in his early childhood did things look good for him. It wasn’t until he was in his early teens that things began to make sense to him a bit and his life did indeed change.

This is an incredible book for all the what ifs?

Recommended for grades 7th and up.

 

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2 Responses to “What if someone else had your name?”

  1. Hello! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award – a way to discover new blogs and learn more about the bloggers. Visit my blog post about it to learn more about the award AND me: http://sjsdblogs.com/coughlin/2013/07/18/liebster-discover-new-blogs/

    Keep the learning going!
    Laura Coughlin

  2. Wow, Laura! Thanks so much!


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