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!

“You can’t catch what you can’t see”~ Lisa Graff June 25, 2015

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — lpitrak @ 8:43 pm


Trent Zimmerman was a normal 5th grader who loved reading and baseball.  In a tragic accident, however, he shot a hockey puck into a classmate’s chest… a classmate with a fatal heart defect, who was killed instantly.  Now, Trent is starting middle school weighted down with the guilt of having caused a death, and suffering from panic attacks and violent outbursts of temper.

Everyone, from well-meaning teachers, to his baseball-obsessed mom, to his two goofy, prank-war obsessed brothers, tries to help Trent see that what happened was not his fault.  But it isn’t until he forms a slow-growing friendship with class outcast Fallen, a funny, brave girl who loves movies and off-the-wall jokes, that he starts to feel like a person deserving of a life again.  Fallen, who has a large scar dissecting her face, has great dreams for the future, and shows Trent that his story is far from over as well.  Honest, touching, and very funny… very highly recommended!!!


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