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. Enjoy!

All About the Music February 20, 2014

When HarrImagey is eight years old, a group of older neighborhood boys ties him to a tree… not knowing that an intense thunderstorm is on its way.  Lightning ends up striking the tree, leaving Harry severely burned, with facial scarring that turns him into a self-proclaimed “freak” and   “monster”.  Harry’s resulting depression lands him in therapy, where a music loving psychologist turns him on to all of the great bands of the 80s, and encourages Harry to learn to play the guitar.  The result is a misfit group of teens who call themselves “The Scar Boys”, and who actually have a great shot at touring.  Along the way, there are car disasters, fights, unrequited love, and some really amazing nights on stages all over the country.  And as Harry learns, even when the people in his life let him down and he is plagued with self-doubt and depression, “the music is always there”.

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