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!

Her Mind Erased January 27, 2016

Filed under: Romance,Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 11:09 am

This was Sarah’s chance. A chance to start fresh with no bad memories of her past. At imgresleast that is what the doctors tell her. She doesn’t remember, good or bad memories. She doesn’t even know if Sarah is her real name or not. All she remembers is this hospital in the middle of no where with only a few patients. Patients like her, who are there because they have had something so traumatic happen to them that they all want it out of their minds, forever.

As Sarah is going in for her last treatment, the power goes out in the building. While the power is down in the operating room, someone sneaks in and puts a small plastic bag in Sarah’s hand. Once the power has been restored, the doctors decide to hold off on the rest of the operation. When Sarah is returned to her room, she finds out that a major snow storm is about to hit the area and most of the staff have cleared out.

Once Sarah is alone in her room, she is able to look at the small plastic bag. It contains three gel pills and a note. It is then, that Sarah realizes more is going on than she could ever imagine. And she is right. Because the blizzard is only the beginning of how chaotic things are about to become.

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin is for readers who love Science Fiction, but are tired of the typical dystopian novels that have been coming out the last few years. It is a fast paced, action adventure with nice twists of Science thrown in for good measure. A really great read that you’ll have a hard time putting down.

Recommended for 8th grade and up.

 

 

Nothing Can Stop It December 17, 2015

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 8:59 am

Five students at a boarding school in England are about to have their lives completely changed forever. In fact, one won’t make it out of the next 24 hours alive.

It all starts with a Science class outside examining the flora and fauna as well as any insects that might wander into the students’ assigned area. Paul and Adam are put in a group together, and it only take a few minutes before they are fighting each other. No surprise. Paul is the mysterious newer kid and Adam is well known as the school bully.

What is surprising is a silver-ish beetle that is found roaming the grounds of the school. Pretty imgressoon, Mark and some other boys are investigating the beetles. They seem almost mechanical in nature. As Mark goes in to get a picture, a beetle flies up and breaks his camera. Then other beetles begin biting some of the students.

Quickly, it becomes apparent that once you are scratched or bitten by one of these silver beetles, you start to become one of them. Not a beetle, but something mechanical and altered so you aren’t yourself anymore.

Faster than anyone can believe, the academy becomes overrun by humans turned into mechanical beasts who only want to bite and kill everyone.

Silver by Chris Wooding is a fast paced Science Fiction thriller. As the reader, you are trying to figure out who will make it, if anyone.

Recommended for 7th grade and up.

 

Not Everything Comes Up Roses August 10, 2015

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 2:48 pm

Things were certainly looking up for Katie her senior year at the private boarding school, Whitney. Her boyfriend is gorgeous, sweet, and a star hockey player for the school. She has a wonderful best friend, Tessa, who has been with her since she first started at Whitney as a scared little freshman still trying to get over the loss of her father. Katie’s mother wasn’t really much help after her father died and finally decided that Katie going to Whitney would be good for both of them.

imgresIt is clear from the start that Katie’s friend, Tessa, doesn’t think that Mark is good enough for her and is just using her. For what, Katie can’t figure out. She is a nobody compared to Mark. Still, she has been close to Tessa for years now, and counts on her, so she tries not to make too many waves between the two of them.

The only things marring her happiness are the creepy nightmares that started a few months ago, where she keeps hearing her name in an erie tone, and also keeps smelling and seeing roses. It doesn’t make any sense to her.

Then one night and one party change everything. Mark is photographed looking to all the world like he’s cheating on Katie,with a girl who has a rose tattoo on her hand. While Katie struggles to decide if Mark is innocent and just the victim of a set up, she has a box delivered to her. A box that contains the hand of the girl in the picture. A hand the clearly came off after she was dead.

Very Bad Things by Susan McBride will have you wondering who is the innocent party and who might have more secrets than they are telling, or ever plan to tell.

Recommended for 8th grade and up.

 

Powerless by Matthew Cody May 7, 2015

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12-year-old Daniel moves to a new town, and is immediately befriended by local kids.  Nothing about his new friends is ordinary however… They can fly, conduct electricity with their hands, turn invisible, and a bunch of other cool superhero tricks.  They use these powers to do good deeds in secret in their small town.  All are dreading the day they turn 13, because that is when their super powers will fade away, as will all their memories of having them in the first place.  Daniel is determined to help his new friends retain their special powers, so he begins investigating why the kids’ powers have started to disappear… What he discovers is a huge conspiracy involves an ancient meteor strike, and comic book from World War II, a mysterious witch who produces green flames with her hands, and Danny himself (who has no powers of his own).

Written  and recommended by the staff of the Downers Grove Public Library.

 

Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — lpitrak @ 2:36 pm

“You are indestructible.” These are the last words that Jake’s foster father whispers to him in the midst of a violent car crash. Jake sThirteen days to midnighturvives the crash, his foster father does not, and soon Jake realizes that these were more than just words – he is now invincible. Jake and his friends begin testing and transferring the power, trying to unravel the mysterious life of Mr. Fielding and the origins of his indestructibility. More than just a superhero tale, this book delves deep into the philosophical questions and dark consequences of having control over life and death.

Written by guest blogger Maggie Thomann, Downers Grove Public Library

 

 

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — lpitrak @ 2:26 pm

Rio lives in the underwater city of Atlantia, inhabited by a group of settlers who left Above during the Divide. Atlantia is mystical, bubble-enclosed dwelling, populated by sirens and designed with ornate buildings and shimmering metal trees. Rio has aAtlantialways dreamed of sun and sky, and plans to eventually go Above but makes a promise to stay Below with her sister, Bay, after their mother dies. When Bay stuns Rio by taking the family’s only spot on a transport, Rio is left in Atlantia, alone, except for her eccentric siren-aunt Maire. Rio must come to terms with her own secrets and the truth of the city’s history, while finding a way to reach her sister Above. This is a quiet, reflective dystopian from the author of Matched that offers the reader a strong heroine with an unlikely mentor, and a uniquely beautiful world.

Post written by guest blogger Maggie Thomann, Downers Grove Public Library

 

What if the Nazis…Won? April 4, 2015

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 1:03 pm
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imgresZara has always known a world with the Nazis in it, because they won World War II, along with the Japanese and the Italians. As a result, the United States has been divided up by the three winning countries, and the rest of the world that wasn’t parceled up by the Axis Powers just tries to stay out of their way.

That is hard for Zara to do though. She’s lost her mother and her best friend to the Nazis; her mother because she was fighting in the Alliance to push the Nazis out, and her best friend because it was discovered a distant relative was Jewish. Zara wants more than anything to join in the fight with the Alliance, but her uncle is extremely hesitant. After her mother died, her uncle went from being a fighter to terrified about anything that could put him or Zara on the radar of the Nazis. And Zara has something very powerful that could indeed put her on the radar, and get her instantly killed as well!

The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Zara beginning to realize if she wants to make something happen to change her life and her world, she will need to do it herself, rather than waiting for someone to come along. The idea of what might have happened if the war didn’t end as it did will have you thinking for a long time after you finish this book.

Recommended for 8th grade and up due to violence.

 

 
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