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 Would You Do if Your Best Friend Disappeared? July 14, 2014

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction,Romance — lpitrak @ 2:11 pm

since you've been goneFor the last two years, Emily’s world has exploded into a bright exciting place because of her best friend Sloane.  Sloane showed up the summer before sophomore year of high school, adorned in vintage cocktail dresses and smoky eye makeup, with amazing stories and adventurous plans.  All of this changes the summer before senior year, when Sloane has just disappeared.  Left behind for Emily is a list of thirteen tasks, cleverly designed by Sloane to draw Emily out of her introverted shell.  Emily vows to complete the whole list before the summer’s end, positive it will lead her to Sloane, but is horrified at the idea of kissing a stranger, dancing until dawn, or buying the expensive backless dress she’s always loved at the thrift store.  Along the way, though, Emily realizes she has hidden reserves of strength, humor, and compassion, and finds a place for herself in the world without Sloane.  VERY highly recommended for all fans of Sarah Dessen’s smart, realistic fiction.


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