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!

When Bad Equals Good September 14, 2020

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 8:00 am

Shayla is in 7th grade now and her friends, fondly called “The United Nations” since they represent a Puerto Rican girl, a Black girl and a Japanese girl, have been fast friends since forever, or so it seems. Why should middle school change that? But Hana, Shayla’s older sister thinks that as they get older, they will grow apart. Shayla thinks that is impossible.

But then Julia starts hanging around with her basketball team that is a league just for kids of Asian ancestry, and Isabella turns out to be gorgeous and Shayla begins to see some cracks forming in the united part of their union. Even if she doesn’t want to.

It doesn’t help that things in town are getting heated. There is a trial going on where a police officer shot a black man in the back and killed him. Hana is really into the Black Lives Matter movement and accuses Shayla of not caring what is happening around the country to Black people. Shayla hates getting into any kind of trouble, but when trouble comes knocking, Shayla has a decision to make and she begins to wonder if she might just be stronger than she ever thought. about:blankMedia areaUploadSelect Media


A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee shows just how terrifying it can be to step out of your comfort zone, begin to have real conversations about things that matter with your friends and at the same time learn to be accepting of others.

Highly recommended for 6th grade and up for being a really good story tackling some hard subjects.


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