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. Enjoy!

Perks of Being Wallflower Book Review by 7th Grader Ali May 10, 2018

p.jpgPerks Of Being A Wallflower is the best book I have read so far. I loved the book because I can relate to what happened to Charlie and I loved the stories he tells. I read the book over and over and I still can’t stop reading it because it is so good. When I found out what Charlie’s aunt did to him, I was in awe. I read the book many times because it was hard not to. When I found the author made  more books I was excited. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is the best book ever. 

Charlie was depressed with his life because his aunt Helen past away on his birthday while she was going to get his birthday present. Charlie had trouble fitting in at high school he had know friends until he went to a football game and met Sam and Patrick. Charlie had a huge crush on Sam since the day he met her. Sam left to go to college and that made him feel sad. At that point, Charlie wanted to end his life because he felt his aunt’s death was his fault. Charlie’s sister, Candace, told her friend to call the police and send them to her house.


Smile Book Review by 8th Grader Sydney May 9, 2018

SIn Smile by Raina Telgemeier, a girl named Raina is an 11-years old that was coming home from girl scouts with of her friends. Her friends ask her to race home. As she was running, she tripped and fell on her two front teeth. At first, Raina thought she didn’t break anything until she got up and felt her mouth. She realized that her two front teeth were missing. Her friend’s mom called Raina’s parents as soon as she noticed that Raina was hurt. Raina’s parents came running over and took her the orthodontist. The orthodontist filled her teeth in with a cast for her two front teeth. She went back after the month and they did work on her two front teeth again. When it was her first day of high school, Raina’s friends were being mean to her like pulling down her skirt and called her dog breath because of her braces kit. After all that happened she confronted them. On top of that, she could not smile with confidence, she would just smile with her mouth closed. Raina meets new friends after she was done with her old friends. In the end, Raina gets her final surgery and she is able to smile with confidence again.

In my opinion, I love this book and I would recommend this book to anyone that adores realistic fiction just like I do. I  also love books that I can relate to. This was a perfect match because most of what the author was saying it was like my life inside a book. I was able to relate to Smile because I had dental problems just like Raina. I had to go through the process like Raina but instead of knocking out my teeth, I had a palate expander, four brackets on my top four front teeth, and brackets and rubber bands all over my teeth now.   


Rebound Book Review by 7th Grader Evan

RBRebound by Kwame Alexander is about a kid named Charlie who always talks back to his mom and gets in trouble a lot. He talks back to his mom because his dad died. Charlie’s mom said we are going to Disney World because he felt sad. He said no, so he went to his grandpa’s house and he learned how to play basketball.

One night, Charlie, his friend Skinny, and Skinny’s cousin Ivan were going to a convenient store. They saw these cans on an old lady’s porch and Skinny had an idea. His idea was to take the cans and turn it into money so they took the cans and turned it into money and they went to the convenient store to get junk food. Charlie spends the whole summer at his grandparent’s house. If it wasn’t for his grandpa, he wouldn’t have learned how to be a basketball player. This book is called rebound because Charlie is good at rebounds.

This is a good basketball book and interesting book but you should read The Crossover first before you read Rebound.



Taking Life’s Punches

Filed under: Novels in Verse,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 9:13 am

Levi feels like all his life his mom and older brother, Timothy, have watched over him so much that it can be hard to breathe sometimes! Ironically, that is the actual problem with him. Levi, when he was an infant, had a trachea that was compromised and it made it hard to breathe and eat and he was very sick for a long time. Now that he’s older though, he feels he can do much more, more than his brother and mother think.

Levi’s dad seems to see the potential he has, and encourages him to take up a sport. When Levi throws out the idea of boxing, his dad laughs, but goes along with it. What neither of them expects, least of all Levi, is that boxing turns out to be his sport! But it has to be kept a secret because there is NO WAY his mom will let him box, not with his history of medical problems. So how do you tell a mother and brother that you love, it’s time to let go, just a little bit?

Knock Out by K.A. Holt is the sequel to House Arrest and gives the reader Levi’s life as a teenager. If you haven’t read House Arrest, you don’t need to, although, it is a great book so you should! Levi learns some hard lessons about who you can really count on when the going gets tough; a lesson we all learn at some point in our lives.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves Novels In Verse and good stories. For grades 6th and up.


Lucky in Love Book Review by 8th Grader Kathy May 8, 2018


Lucky in Love by Kasie West is a really good love story. It’s about a girl named Maddie and one day on her birthday, she buys a lottery ticket and surprisingly,  she wins. Out of the blue, her life changed. Maddie doesn’t have to worry about school or her family anymore. She liked being in the spotlight after she won the money, but then everyone at school started figuring out she won the lottery and then people started asking her if they could borrow some money. She has a hard time trusting people now, except for Seth. He hasn’t found out about her winning the lottery and she doesn’t want him to know. I really liked when I was reading it wondering what would happen if he does find out about her secret.


Solo Book Review by 8th Grader Jimena May 7, 2018

soloIn Solo By Kwame Alexander Blade is a kid that is being lied to a lot by his father Rex and he’s just trying to make sense of all his problems in his head. Blade finds a horrifying truth about him and his family and doesn’t  know what to do next so he runs. Blade runs to Africa to find someone important to him that will change the way he sees life. Blade will find someone equally as important or maybe more important who will give him the answers to all his questions so he can make peace with himself as well as with his family. He doesn’t know who he is and his whole life he has been judged because of his father and has been compared to him as well. Blade has been told that he will do alcohol and drugs like his dad without people giving him the benefit of the doubt. When Blade finds out about his family’s secret, he can’t believe all the things he had to go through, like embarrassment and the comparison to his dad. When Blade left, he left to find answers and to find out who he really is. Will he finally find the answers to all his questions.

I considered this book to be fantastic because it makes you more aware of the people around you. I feel like it also teaches you to choose the people who you want in your life wisely because they can end up stabbing you in the back. In my opinion, Solo shows you to appreciate the life you have and the people you have in your life because while you have it bad, there might be someone who has it even worse.



Flipped Book Review by 7th Grader Hannah

FFlipped by Wendlin Van Draaen was really good. It’s about a boy named Bryce who moved across the street from a girl name Julianna. After they met, Julianna started to have a huge crush on Bryce. Bryce didn’t have a crush on her because he thought she was weird. Through the years, Julianna´s feelings for Bryce grew, yet Bryce´s feelings for Julianna didn’t change at all. In the middle of the book, Bryce said some mean things about Julianna and she found out. After a while, Bryce started to feel bad and he also started to have feelings for her. Julianna didn’t have feelings for him anymore because of all the mean things he said about her. After months of going through drama and ignoring each other, Bryce finally stepped up and told Julianna his feelings for her. Julianna still didn’t feel the same for him. It seems their feelings for each other have “flipped”!

Then Bryce planted a sycamore tree for Julianna. This meant a lot to her because she used to climb a sycamore tree daily, watching the sun rise and set, until it got cut down. Once Julianna saw what Bryce planted for her, she finally forgave him and they became friends again.

 I liked this book because I love how there was a lot of drama, plot twists, and romantic parts. I also liked how the author changes from Bryce´s point of view to Julianna´s point of view on every chapter. There is a movie of this story and I used to watch it all the time.