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!

El Deafo Review by 7th Grader Maleni June 4, 2019

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downloadCece is a normal four year old girl who plays with her best friend Emma. One day, Cece got really sick. Her parents drove to the hospital as fast as they could and the doctor said she has meningitis but something changed the next day. Cece couldn’t hear anything, not even her mom. Her parents didn’t find out until Cece got back home and her mom was calling her name multiple times. Cece freaked out that she couldn’t hear her mother’s voice and cried. Finally her mother knew…… she was deaf.

Cece struggled with her deafness. Cece’s family moved and she went to a new school. Life changes there for her because she is the only one deaf. Will Cece make friends or will she get teased about her hearing aids cords? Will Cece hear again? Well read the book..  

I like the book El Deafo by Cece Bell because it is based on a true story about the author and it shows that no matter what age you are, people can struggle with something they can’t fix. Cece is a strong girl and I love that she stills has her same personality before she was deaf because it doesn’t change who she is, it just becomes harder but eventually it will get better if you try.


It Started with a Bus Ride August 5, 2018

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It seemed like another ordinary day for Eddie – in the ordinary village of Wellcome download-3Valley located in the middle of nowhere England. But when his school bus stops to pick up a new student – a girl named Scarlett – something in the day seems to shift. For reasons that Eddie can’t fathom, Scarlett is interested in him – well, interested in what happened to his mom, who died when he was just an infant in a car accident. Yet, when Eddie tries to ask Scarlett anything about her life, or why on earth her family is in Wellcome Valley, she shuts him down and tells him she can’t talk about it. Mystified and captivated, Eddie decides to accidentally run into her one day when he’s out riding his bike – in the rain – just in case she’s where she said she’d be. And she is! But she’s hiding behind their history teacher’s house and when he asks what she’s up to, she shushes him and they watch as the teacher digs up part of the backyard, buries a book, then digs it back up moments later in another part of the backyard!

Clearly, something is going on, and Scarlett knows what, but she won’t tell him! Quickly, though, Eddie finds himself caught up in a world he can’t fathom –  let alone realize he and his dead mother (or is she dead after all) might play a pivotal role in!

No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones takes the reader on a wild ride, through time and back again, snapping us quickly between them so that what is truth and what isn’t become increasingly  blurred. Great book for looking at different perspectives and playing with the idea of if there are alternative time paths, how can you determine which one is the real reality?

Recommended for 8th graders and up due to the complexity of the book.


The False Prince Book Review by 7th Grader Taylor May 9, 2018

fpIn The False Prince, Carthya is at risk when the whole Royal family gets killed by pirates, or so they they thought. Beven Connor goes around to orphanages, and picks up Sage, Tobias and Roden.  You either go along with Connor or die. Connor steps up to say in fact the prince isn’t dead and the pirates have failed to kill the prince. In fact, Jaron the Prince of Carthya is not as dead as he seems. Five years back, the pirates failed to kill the 8 year old prince Jaron. After all the years, Jaron has been hiding. When Connor steps up saying he has the princ. Jaron has come out of the shadows and is back to rein.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is one of my favorite books ever! I listened to the first book last year and was really obsessed with it and just loved it. This year, I read it again and am now finishing the series. Reading is not one of my favorite things to do because I always get distracted or just cant keep focused on a book but this is truly one book I just wanted to keep reading! I  remember I had this moment twice where the whole plot just changed and I was so surprised and just in awe when I found out who the prince really was. By far, this is my favorite book that I actually finished and liked.


The Selection Book Review by 7th Grader Kaylin

sThe Selection by Kiera Cass is the best book ever! It’s about a girl named America and she joined a competition called The Selection. America was in love with someone else when she got selected. She reluctantly went to the competition where the Prince was choosing his wife from 35 girls. America didn’t think she would fall in love with the Prince but she couldn’t resist how nice he was.

The book is so suspenseful! I had so much emotion in the book than my whole life of living. Things would go good and then bad real fast. I fell in love with Aspen and then he made horrible decisions and then my heart went to the prince, Maxon. Maxon is now my NEW Shawn Mendes!


The Selection Book Review by 7th Grader Celeste

sThe Selection by Kiera Cass is the best book ever! This book has lots of suspense and a great love story. It’s about a girl named America and she was pressured to join a competition called The Selection. The Selection is a competition where the prince gets to choose his wife out of 35 girls. America was in love with someone else when she joined The Selection. She would have never expected what feelings she had for the prince with someone back home.

This is the best book I have ever read because there is such a great love story. This book also is so suspenseful. I fell in love with Aspen then he made a terrible decision that made me mad. Then after meeting Maxon, I fell in love with him and have not gotten over him since.


The Compound Book Review by 7th Grader Juan

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c At the start of The Compound, an explosion happens and some of the family members enter the compound but Gram and Eddy are left out there. The family inside the compound believe the world they left behind is now gone. All their food and milk come from cows. Suddenly the cows begin to die off, including their offspring. Eli and his family have no meat now and milk. Some time passes and Eli talks to his brother Eddy who is alive and well. Eli knows the truth now and tries to get out of the compound with his family alive but his father won’t let him.

In my opinion, The Compound by S. A. Bodeen is a great book. It has a decent ending. I really liked the part where Eli was in The Compound because of the explosion. Who doesn’t like explosions? I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 


Shatter Me! April 25, 2018

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Shatter me

“I’ve been locked up 264 days.

I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven’t spoken n 264 days of isolation.

6,336 hours since I’ve touched another human being.”

This is how this amazing book opens. Narrated from the point of view of Juliette, who has been a prisoner of the Reestablishment for almost one year. In this future world, incurable diseases are killing people at an alarming rate; food is scarce for everyone and because of this is severely expensive; birds have lost the ability to fly; and the sky changes to violent, unnatural colors. With so much going on in this world, no one thought too much when Juliette was found with a dead body– she swore over and over that it was an accident; that all she did was touch him, and he died. No one cared what she said, and the Reestablishment government locked her away as a murderer. Now, however, the government is reconsidering her situation. Is Juliette telling the truth that her touch really is fatal? And if so, can they use her as a weapon? Or is she just insane? Is she a monster?

Read this amazing apocalyptic fantasy novel to find out!