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!

Bells are Ringing, In a Bad Way October 4, 2021

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 9:31 am

Football is what has kept him sane for years now, and without it, Isaiah can’t see how he will be able todownload-1 focus and function. He has become such a good player that he is being recruited by Cornell, but he hasn’t told his parents yet. And that is because of what happened to his sister years ago, and why Isaiah needs football.

All that changes though, when he gets hit, bad. So bad, that he hears witches screaming in his head and he doesn’t even remember getting up and going home that night. It scares him though. Because is this game, and it is a game after all, worth everything?

As Isaiah struggles to figure out who he is without the sport, he begins to realize maybe he isn’t anything without it. And if he is forced to give it up? What then?

Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach gives a very personal look at how tragedy can lead to some unexpected good things, and what to do when that good thing might be taken away. How do we redefine ourselves, without getting lost along the way?


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