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!

Silent and Disastrous November 18, 2019

Filed under: Novels in Verse,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 10:00 am

download-3Osmel has big dreams and he has plans for making them happen. His last year of high school looms ahead and he can’t wait for it to be over. When it is, he can start college and move on to fulfilling his dream since 5th grade of becoming a meteorologist. He works with his uncle sometimes in the orchards in the state of Washington, picking apples and other fruit that comes into season. However, his real passion will take him far away from the dry arid part of the state to the wetter Western side.

But at a family party for his little sister, Osmel’s perception of himself and his reality suddenly changes. He finds out that he’s undocumented – just like his uncle and his aunt and his mother. This sends him reeling as he wonders how on earth he will now be able to go to school. And the ICE raids that he hadn’t really paid much attention to in the past take on serious meaning to him now, since he could very well be sent back to a country he has no recollection of leaving and no memory from that time.

Sanctuary Somewhere by Brenna Dimmig is a very quick and powerful read about the realities facing children who were brought to the United States illegally.

Recommended for 7th grade and up.


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