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!

Staying Close August 26, 2019

Filed under: Historical Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 10:11 am

Sofia lives in her barrio surrounded by friends and family. Growing up, she hears fun downloadstories from the traveling storyteller, Dona Clara, and even her own mother and father add in their yarns and tales in everyday life. Growing up in the 1970s in Texas there are a few things you can count on. The heat and someone always being critical of those of Mexican ancestry. But Sofia has her close knit family and her best friend and cousin, Berta. Although some days Berta seems more like a frenemy, especially when it comes to sharing sweets! Still, her mother tells her she will always need her comadres (a group of close women friends.) Sofia wonders at that sometimes, though.

As Sofia grows, she learns more about her family and what it means to grow up in Texas as a child in a barrio. She faces many trials and one in particular threatens to pull her family and her close circle of friends apart. Is it possible to still be herself and connected to her way of life, even if she is no longer in the barrio every day?

The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales is a slow paced, quiet book about a girl struggling to keep her sense of family and the traditions that are important to those around her while she decides if they are important to her as well.


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