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!

Is it Fair? May 10, 2021

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

Have you ever been embarrassed? Like so embarrassed that you had trouble talking? Olivia has a moment like that download-2when she’s being yelled at by her principal, all because she is wearing a tank top and won’t put her sweatshirt on. But she has a reason for not putting her sweatshirt on, a very good reason.

Molly witnesses Olivia’s moment and she knows WHY Olivia won’t put her sweatshirt on. And pretty soon, she decides to point out the inequities in the current dress code at her middle school. It is a dress code that seems to only go after the girls, and the boys don’t have to deal with it. Is that fair? Nope, not in Molly’s eyes. So Molly begins a podcast to expose the injustice she and others see, with their dress code.

Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone is a great book and deals with the very real issue of how dress codes have been made to make students feel uncomfortable at a time when they already do! A wonderful story about an issue that is on the minds of most students who attend a school that has strict enforcement of often times old and archaic ideas of what students should dress in and how they should look.

Recommended for grades 6 and up.


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