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!

When Too Little is Too Little November 30, 2017

Filed under: Novels in Verse,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 1:08 pm

Nothing seems tangible to Ivy anymore. With her parents divorce – one she didn’t see coming – Ivy watches as her mother becomes less and less in both spirit and in her physical presence. Ivy’s own body doesn’t seem to make sense to her anymore and her best friend Anna returns from her summer vacation different in a way Ivy can’t quite download-1identify.

Life seems to be spinning out of control and yet plodding along. If only she can figure out a way to control things, then maybe just maybe, life will make sense again. As part of having control, Ivy begins to watch what she eats and how it makes her feel when she eats. Soon, it becomes all too much for Ivy and her academic life begins to stuffer. All the things that used to mean something are fading away.

This Impossible Light by Lily Myers is a novel in verse that cuts to the heart of one girl’s experience with not feeling she is enough and have devastating the consequences of that belief can be.

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