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!

Are You Born a Killer? September 24, 2016

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 1:26 pm

imgres-3IN the future, crime has gotten so bad, that scientists have gone looking for the gene that might help determine if a person is likely to commit murder. And one has been found. The majority of people who kill are HTS carriers – they have the gene that many murders have. Now many in the general population are being tested before they can have certain jobs, or go to schools, etc.

Davy is living a pretty awesome life. She comes from a wealthy family, goes to a private school, has been accepted into Julliard in New York because of her fabulous musical ability and has the best boyfriend a girl could want. What could possibly go wrong. Turns out, quite a lot.

Everyone in Davy’s school was tested for the HTS gene and unfortunately for Davy, she has tested positive for it. This means her school kicks her out and she must now attend public school with five other “carriers.” At first she can’t believe she has anything in common with this potential killers. But as time goes on, and her friends and boyfriend all pull away and commit the ultimate betrayal, Davy begins to realize her only hope of surviving in this new reality is to face the truth rather than living in her past fantasy. One HTS carrier named Sean, just might be the only one who can help her.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan is a scary, possibly not so distant future of what could happen when people get scared and let their fear rule their actions. It also is a fascinating look at nature versus nurture.

Recommended for 8th grade and up.

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