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.

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