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!

Trapped at the Mall November 15, 2021

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

Miranda didn’t want anyone to know her secret. But then again, Amina, Grace, Parker, Javier and Cole all have something to eitherdownload hide, or be concerned about. What they don’t know is that all of them are going to be faced with some horrible decisions that will change the rest of their lives, forever. That’s because, while they are all at the mall for different reasons that afternoon, it soon becomes apparent when gunmen open fire, no one will be safe.

Miranda finds herself hiding in a back storage room with four other teens who are trying to stay alive as other people have been killed and taken hostage. Being locked away from everyone, and not knowing how to get out of the mall and who to trust, all the teens begin to question each other. Why was everyone in the mall? Did they have an ulterior motive? Parker is stuck by himself for a while until he can find his little sister Moxie. Was she killed in the first bursts of gunfire, or did she escape?

As time ticks by, the teens, hostages and gunmen begin to get uneasy. Who can you trust? Who is working for the gunmen, and who isn’t? And at what point do you just have to believe in someone and something, regardless of the past?

Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry is a nonstop action and adrenaline book. Even as you and the characters begin to find out things about each other that you might not want to believe, it keeps things moving and you wondering, who will ultimately survive this horrible tragedy.

Recommended for grades 8 and up due to some mature content.


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