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!

Can Books Change Lives? November 9, 2020

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 8:00 am
download-1       Clara is excited for the start of the school year – her last year – at Lupton Academy or LA as everyone calls it. She thinks it will be a great year and is excited for it to get started. But one quick glance at a computer screen changes everything when she reads an email meant only for the staff. Clara reads a confidential email listing 50 books that are not to be used in the curriculum of any classes and will not be allowed on the shelves of the school library. A library that Clara volunteers in and loves. When she sees the list of books, she is shocked that she has read many of the books. What could possibly be wrong with the books?
        Clara and the school librarian talk, and they come to the conclusion that Clara will remove the 50 books from the school library and put them in little libraries around the town – little libraries that she has already established and has up and running. Yet just as she’s thinking that will work, she decides to run an underground library with the banned books, from her school locker.
        At first, Clara is thinking she just wants to get revenge against the administration, or more specifically the principal of LA, because after all he’s the one that is saying they can’t have the books. However, as time goes by, Clara struggles to understand exactly why she is running the UnLib, and if ultimately, it is a force for good or bad.
        Suggested Reading by Dave Connis brings home the importance of knowing yourself, or being willing to look for yourself, and how we can find the answers in many places, including on the pages of books.
Recommended for 8th grade and up.

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