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!

Does Growing Up Have to Mean Saying Goodbye? August 26, 2015

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — lpitrak @ 4:27 pm

Goodbye Stranger

This newest book by Rebecca Stead (who won the Newbery award for When You Reach Me) is an amazing exploration of friendship and finding yourself. Bridge, Em, and Tab have been best friends since fourth grade, and while they are very different… (Bridge is a free spirit who hates clubs and wears cat ears to feel like herself, Em is an outgoing soccer star, and Tab is studious and committed to social justice)… they have always supported each other.  They made a rule in fourth grade to never fight, but now that they are in seventh grade and facing social pressures and figuring out their place in a larger world, they realize it might not be possible to never disagree with each other.  Will going down separate paths break up their “set”, or will it bring an even deeper friendship  and understanding?  Readers will fall in love with Bridge, Em, and Tab, as well as with their quirky families, and recognize their own struggles throughout this beautiful novel.

 

The Story Contiunes… August 10, 2015

Filed under: Fantasy Books,Romance — bhomel @ 9:40 pm
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Series Spoiler Alert Ahead!

If you haven’t read the first 3 books of The Selection Series, stop reading this and go check them out now!

Kiera Cass’ book covers are amazing! The cover of The Heir adorns a new girl – Princess Eadlyn.

Daughter to Prince Maxon and the first born of his family, Princess Eadlyn is the heir to the throne. Times have changed in Illéa. It’s 20 years after Prince Maxon chose “The One” during “The Selection.”

The caste system is gone but that hasn’t created peace in the country. Prince Maxon and Queen America decide one way to bring Illéa together is to bring back The Selection after all this time. They decide Princess Eadlyn needs to find the perfect match to wed and help run the county when it’s her time to take the crown.

Much like her mother, Princess Eadlyn doesn’t want to be a part of The Selection. In fact, she doesn’t even see herself ever getting married. Princess Eadlyn enters The Selection tough as nails and refuses to let her guard down for anyone. Although this is a very different story, it is a must read if you’ve read the other books in the series!

Straight from Kiera Cass’ mouth: there will be ONE MORE book in The Selection series and that’s it!

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That’s me meeting Kiera Cass and getting my book signed!

 

Not Everything Comes Up Roses

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 2:48 pm

Things were certainly looking up for Katie her senior year at the private boarding school, Whitney. Her boyfriend is gorgeous, sweet, and a star hockey player for the school. She has a wonderful best friend, Tessa, who has been with her since she first started at Whitney as a scared little freshman still trying to get over the loss of her father. Katie’s mother wasn’t really much help after her father died and finally decided that Katie going to Whitney would be good for both of them.

imgresIt is clear from the start that Katie’s friend, Tessa, doesn’t think that Mark is good enough for her and is just using her. For what, Katie can’t figure out. She is a nobody compared to Mark. Still, she has been close to Tessa for years now, and counts on her, so she tries not to make too many waves between the two of them.

The only things marring her happiness are the creepy nightmares that started a few months ago, where she keeps hearing her name in an erie tone, and also keeps smelling and seeing roses. It doesn’t make any sense to her.

Then one night and one party change everything. Mark is photographed looking to all the world like he’s cheating on Katie,with a girl who has a rose tattoo on her hand. While Katie struggles to decide if Mark is innocent and just the victim of a set up, she has a box delivered to her. A box that contains the hand of the girl in the picture. A hand the clearly came off after she was dead.

Very Bad Things by Susan McBride will have you wondering who is the innocent party and who might have more secrets than they are telling, or ever plan to tell.

Recommended for 8th grade and up.

 

Slavery….Alive and Well August 6, 2015

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — oneilllibrary @ 1:24 pm
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Unfortunately, slavery is not a problem from the past, but very much something  that concerns nations around the world,imgres including the United States, today. This isn’t slavery that is sanctioned by the state or by governments, but rather done illegally by either deceiving people, or outright kidnapping them. Most of the time, people are transported to another country, one where they don’t speak the language or even understand the customs. This is intentional, because if a kidnapped victim were to escape, who could they turn to? Some are afraid that the country they have been brought into will send them back since they are there illegally.

The horrors of being a slave today are often overlooked because so many people think that slavery is over. Little do they know, that the person in the back of the restaurant might be a slave. Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery by Alison Marie Behnke gives the reader much to think about.

Recommended for 8th grade and up.