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!

Unwind – a Book Review by Chase H. May 22, 2017

Do you know what Unwound means? Unwound means to have a surgery of getting your body parts removed but you’re still alive and you’re able to feel everything even once someone else gets that body part. So say your parents didn’t want you anymore, or there wasn’t enough room for you in the world then people would take you to Happy Jack to get Unwound.  What is Happy Jack? Happy Jack is a place where you get Unwound, they will treat you like animals and detain you there until you’re ready to go to the Chop Shop. The Chop Shop is the inner part of where the surgery of the Unwinding is. Guards would drag you into the Chop Shop and that’s where you would become Unwound. Do you know what Tithe means? Tithe means that you believe in god so much that you are giving your body to others to get Unwound. You would either get this from your parents because they have either taught you to believe in god. Even to give your own body up.

Connor, Risa, and Lev are all tied together, stuck in this one huge hole. They first met from an accident that Connor started, traffic, highway, and then disaster. Lev doesn’t want Connor and Risa to take him, he wants to be Tithe. That all goes away once Connor and Risa kidnap him, then he is stuck with two AWOL Unwinds. As they go through a bust of trouble with the Juvey-cops, High School, a Baby, the Parents, and even getting betrayed they end up splitting apart. When they get to the safety of the Graveyard, they meet new AWOL Unwinds, including the Admiral, leader of the Graveyard. As the book closes to the end, Connor, Risa, and Roland get sent to Happy Jack farm to get Unwound, the thing is, they don’t know when they will get Unwound.

 

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a great book that I really enjoyed. It had me on end, I never wanted to set the book down. I’ve realized that I like to read Science Fiction, so I’d have to say that this is one of my favorite books. I have to point out that it did give you goose bumps and a part where you may just be disgusted, and maybe even want to just not think about it. I For sure would recommend this book.

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Wild Boy – A Review by 7th Grader Kamille E. December 15, 2016

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles,Student Book Reviews — bhomel @ 11:02 am

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The Wild Boy has been wild all his life in the forests. The Wild Boy was only like a human by walking like a regular person, but still acted like a animal. When he acted like an animal, he dug from the dirt and roots to get food. Then the Wild Boy would walk around naked. People from the Village of Lacaune saw him and tried to rescue him, because they wanted to know and get full knowledge of how he became wild. Whenever people from the village caught him, the wild boy ended up escaping again. Usually when people captured him, they put the Wild Boy on display for everyone to see. The Wild Boy gets put into an orphanage and Dr. Itard takes him. Dr.Itard tries to see if he had any family background and helped him talk and ask for things he wanted. Dr.Itard tried his best to teach him how to communicate, but the Wild Boy was not close to understanding on how to communicate. As the Wild Boy then grew up to be a full adult, he leaves back into the wild, and continues his life in the wild. They all knew he would try and come back to visit, and he lived in freedom his whole life.

In the book Wild Boy by Mary Losure, I thought the book had a great meaning to it. In my opinion, I liked the book a little bit, it wasn’t the best book I read, but the book had a terrific beginning to where you wanted to find out how he became wild. I had a great time enjoying the book Wild Boy.

 

Roller Girl – A Review by 7th Grader Grace S. December 14, 2016

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is about a 12 year old girl named Astrid who became interested in roller derby. She became very interested that she decided to join the Rose Buds camp in summer. She asked her best friend Nicole if she would like to do it, but Nicole wanted to do ballet camp instead. So when Astrid’s mom tells her that Nicole’s mom would be picking her and Nicole up after the camp was done for the day, Astrid would walked home by herself.

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Nicole decided that she would rather spend time with Rachel, who was mean to Astrid when they were in kindergarten. Rachel was also going to ballet camp as well. This gave Nicole a friend to have at her ballet camp because she knew that Astrid would never do anything with ballet. So both Nicole and Rachel started to hang out together after the camp. Now Nicole was best friends with Rachel instead of Astrid.

All has never been good between Astrid and Rachel and she can’t believe that Nicole would hang out with Rachel because she even knew that she was mean. Astrid was very mad when she saw this and decided that she would get back at Rachel when she was with Nicole so that she can see how mean Rachel really is.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is a really good read. If you like graphic novels, then this is a great book for you. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down.

 

Cherub Mission 2 The Dealer – A Review by 7th Grader Daniel A.

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My book that I’m going to talk about is Cherub Mission 2 The Dealer by Robert Muchamore.
Image result for cherub #2This is the second book in the Cherub series. James gets older and gets a new mission. The mission is about a guy who is selling drugs. What James has to do with his partner is to get information about the KMG, a secret club of selling drugs. The problem is they’re using kids to sell drugs. Its James’ 13 birthday and his friends are celebrating and laughing.

Some of them were doing bad things and one of his friends ends up in the hospital. Now she’s afraid that she might get expelled from Cherub. James and his friends finished the mission and helped catch the KMG.

Little Lauren, his sister, has to do what James did to finish training and enter in missions.

I really liked this book and hope to finish the series. It’s a long way – if you have time, just read Cherub.

 

Imperfect Spiral – A Review by 7th Grader Jenny F. December 13, 2016

Danielle is babysitting a five-year-old boy named Humphrey and is trying to teach him how to throw a perfect spiral, with a football. When one day they are walking home from the park, Danielle drops the football and Humphrey runs after it. Humphrey is hit by a car coming his way. Later after the accident, while Danielle is recovering, she has many flashbacks. One day she goes back the the park and meets a boy named Justin. Justin helps Danielle recover a very sad loss, and Danielle tries to forgive herself, and doing that will require a lot of strength she never knew she had.

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I loved the book Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy and I recommend it for anyone that enjoys, sad, realistic fiction books. If you get confused when reading a book that jumps from one time to another constantly, then this book might not be the best choice. I give this book four and a half stars out of five, because it can get confusing at times but, all the characters have their own unique personality.

 

Sunny Side Up – A Review by 7th Grader Isabella G.

Sunny Lewin has to go to Florida over the summer to live with her grandpa. She thinks she’ll have the time of her life, because Florida is the home of Disney World. But her grandpa doesn’t live in a amusement park, he lives in Pine Palms with other old people. Sunny thinks this will be the worst summer ever, but along the way she meets Buzz who is addicted to comic books. Sunny and Buzz go on lots of adventures like facing golf-ball-eating alligators, saving runaway cats, and finding disappearing neighbors. But only one question remains. Why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer.

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I like Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm because it’s fun and exciting. At first the title made me think that it would be about some family trip. This book is a twist on the average summer vacation. You should read this if you like funny but at the same time serious, and adventurous books that also doesn’t take very long to read. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it made me keep reading and was fun to read.

 

The Death Cure – A Review by 7th Grader Arian T. December 12, 2016

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The Death Cure by James Dashner is the third book in the Maze Runner series.

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After the Scorch Trials, Thomas is taken into solitary confinement. After a few days, the Rat Man wants to talk to Thomas about the Scorch Trials and his friends. Janson gives the Gladers a chance to get their memories back. Thomas and his friends have to decide if they want to get their memories back or not.

Rating-5/5

I would recommend this book to people who have read and seen the first 2 books (Maze Runner and Scorch Trials) and movies. The events in this book tie in (and connect) to and with this book. The ending completely wrapped up the whole series.