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!

A Dream Too Big To Be Contained December 1, 2014

21241751AS a young girl living in Haiti, Serafina has a big dream. She wants to be a doctor. Her little brother died at just a few weeks old, and she wants to be like the doctor she and her mother went to for help. It was too late. Ever since, Serafina has wished to become like that doctor, so she would have the chance to help others before it is too late.

However, this seems like such a far off dream. To be a doctor, she knows you have to go to school. And Serafina has never been to school before. She knows that it costs a lot of money, money her family doesn’t have. Plus, her mother wants her to stay home and care for things there. When Serafina finally works up the courage to ask her father if she can attend school, he tells her she must convince her mother.

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg looks at what life was like for many before the massive earthquake in 2010 and what it must have been like for those living during the earthquake. While that is not the main focus of the story, it certainly comes into play.

This novel in verse is a great choice for a quick read about a girl searching for her place in the world and how some of us have to struggle much harder than others to make our dreams come true.

Recommended for grades 6th and up.

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