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!

Sister Knows Best October 14, 2015

Filed under: Mystery and Ghost Stories,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 10:59 am

Miranda both loves and admires her older sister, Lander. However, they have never been close. Miranda is 7 years younger than Lander, and Lander seems to operate in her own little world. They do have one thing in common, and that is how much they both love spending their summers at the cottage on the Connecticut River. Lander is set to head off to medical school in the fall, and Miranda will be a junior in high school. Miranda loves all the things about their little run down cottage; how everyone in the neighborhood uses their dock to get into the river, how two little boys are constantly at their place, and how comfortable everything is.

However, one day at their summer cottage, both girls witness something on the river, but they have vastly different takes on it. Miranda thinks she has witnessed an attempted murder, whereas Lander tells her to stop exaggerating. But Miranda can’t stop thinking about what she saw, and when her sister Lander gets caught up in something she isn’t equipped at all to deal with Lander realizes too late her mistake in not believing her sister.

No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney is told from the imgresalternating perspectives of Lander and Miranda. Lander is totally bewildered, for the first time in her life, where as Miranda tries to become the focused member of her family when everyone is floating. While the book only really takes place over a weekend, flashbacks give more depth to the relationship of the sisters and help set up what is happening that weekend. As a reader, you’ll be pulling for both Lander and Miranda, and hoping they both come through this ordeal unscathed!

Recommended for grades 7th and up.

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