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!

Just One of the Boys? October 21, 2016

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — bhomel @ 12:35 pm

Rashad and Quinn are both just high school boys.

Both boys are involved at their school – Rashad is a member of the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training) and Quinn is on the basketball team.

Both boys were hanging out after school on a Friday evening.

Both boys were looking for some sort of party to go to so they could hang out with friends to check out the girls.

Both boys made a stop at Jerry’s Convenience Store before their fun evening.

But both boys couldn’t be more different – Rashad is African American and Quinn is White and that minor detail makes all the difference!


Rashad was falsely accused of shoplifting at Jerry’s Convenience Store and there happened to be a police officer in the store. That police officer decided to show Rashad a lesson by pushing him out of the store and slamming him into the parking lot concrete face first. Rashad’s injuries forced him to be hospitalized for several days and to be absent from school.

Standing outside of Jerry’s, Quinn is a witness to the beating Rashad sustained. Quinn knows what he saw was not right – he knows no one deserves to be hit and shoved that way. He also knows the police officer doing the hitting and AAB.jpgshoving…It’s Paul, the Paul who has been like a big brother to Quinn ever since he was younger. It’s Paul, the person who practiced shooting baskets with Quinn. It’s the same Paul who has been a mentor to Quinn.
Fists and worlds collide in All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This is a book most students need to read. It’s a book that reflects our world and some of the real issues happening in cities around the US. There is some mature language in the book but the message of the book speaks louder than those words.




2 Responses to “Just One of the Boys?”

  1. Pam Bartusiewicz Says:

    I am looking forward to reading this book based upon your review. Thanks!

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