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!

What to do when the odds are stacked against you… February 15, 2014

Standing Against the Wind

imgres-3By: Traci Jones

A rather quiet book that can be relatable to many. It all begins with the bullying that 13-year old Patrice from the boys that live in her Chicago-neighborhood building. We find that Patrice’s mother is in jail, and was put there just a short time after moving Patrice from her wonderful location of Georgia, where she resided with her grandmother. Patrice has always been a girl who keeps to herself, does what she is asked and tries hard in school.

Things begin to change for her when her principal urges her to apply for a scholarship for an esteemed-boarding school for young African American students. She runs into a problem when in order to apply she needs to get her mother to sign-off on the paperwork. During the time that Patrice is filling out the application, writing her essays, taking care of her siblings, and tutoring Monty’s (a friendly neighbor of hers) younger brother, Patrice begins to figure out some of the more important things in life. After continually getting bullied by Monty’s supposed “friends” Patrice finally seeks Monty out for support, and a relationship begins to bloom.

All in all, a very cute and quiet story, with a heartfelt message. In order to find out what occurs with Patrice, her scholarship, her mom and even Monty, read this book!


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