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 http://www.buzzsprout.com/229361 and enjoy!

Holmes and Stoker team up in an amazing mystery adventure!!! October 7, 2013

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This first book in the new Stoker & Holmes series is an addicting read!!! In 1889 London, beautiful and wealthy young women have been turning up dead, their bodies arranged to look like suicides. But a few things aren’t adding up- namely that each is found to be carrying an intricate scarab dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. Infamous Miss Irene Adler (one of the few people to ever outsmart Sherlock Holmes) is requested by Princess Alexandra to get to the bottom of these murder/suicides by any means necessary. Miss Adler commissions Evaline Stoker, vampire hunter, socialite, and sister to Bram Stoker, as well as Mina Holmes, brilliant scientist, observer, and niece to Sherlock, to infiltrate the upper circles of London society to discover how all of these young women are linked, and who would want them dead. What follows is a hilarious, action-packed adventure filled with opium dens, steampunk gadgets, time travel and a dangerous goddess cult. Best of all, readers get to see a real partnership develop between the vivacious but headstrong Evaline and the brilliant but overly blunt Mina. I can’t wait for book two!!!

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What if Your Team is Trying to Kill You? February 7, 2013

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Chisnall isn’t afraid of dying, but when his landing pad fails to inflate, he realizes quickly that someone on his Angel team is out to get him. The question is Why? After all, they are six teens who have been trained to infiltrate the large enemy compound and find out what their secrets are. Oh, and the enemy – aliens from a failing world that have taken over all of earth except for the seas and oceans, and the Americas. The aliens are from a desert planet so they don’t understand how to navigate the water. All this leads to years of war between humans and the aliens.

Now after altering their appearances to look like the aliens and having extensive training, Angel Team, lead by Chisnall, is ready for their mission. However, now Chisnall has to watch out for the aliens in front of him and a teammate clearly trying to take him down from behind. imgres The Assault by Brian Falkner is a fast paced, in your face, action adventure which grabs the reader right away. The ideas of loyalty and friendship are clearly tested in the Angel Team. Could you turn on a friend? Could you do it even if you thought they were your enemy?

Recommended for grades 6th and up.

 

8th Guest Blogger – Highly Recommended Book! January 31, 2013

imgres-2I have just so recently read Trackers by Patrick Carman. I would have to say it was a great book. If you are into technology, and like using it to track or watch someone this is definitely the book for you. That may sound a little creepy, but it’s true… Anyhow back on topic. I was so amazed by the technology Adam had had! He had technology not even on the market! The book was easily a nine out of ten, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. Personally I’ve always wanted to get a government job tracking threats on the internet like the NSA, Homeland Sec., etc., but Adam and his crew get an awesome job offering at the end of the first book. I would have done anything to get the job offer they got. Once I read the first page I had to keep reading. I felt like an anaconda grabbing its victim from the beginning, but never letting go until the end! That simile is a little bit morbid, but the book was really good. I would suggest putting the book in the library, and I would also suggest anyone into technology to read the book. -Taus

 

His Dark Materials Trilogy November 14, 2012

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I just re-read The Golden Compass, the first book in Philip Pullman’s incredible fantasy/adventure His Dark Materials trilogy.  The Golden Compass is set in the Victorian-era when high-tech travel is limited to boat, sled, and zeppelin, and excursions to the magical, wild, dangerous “North” are extremely deadly.  It is also a world where every person has a daemon, an animal embodiment of their soul which must stay close to them at all times.  Young Lyra Belacqua is a high-spirited storyteller and tomboy who was raised, along with her daemon Pantalaimon, on the campus of prestigious Jordan College in Oxford.  Lyra is much more interested in exploring the secret passageways and fighting the local gypsy children with Pantalaimon than studying, however.  All of this changes when beautiful, brilliant, cultured Mrs. Coulter takes a special interest in Lyra, and begins to groom her to become her assistant on an upcoming expedition to the North.  But Mrs. Coulter is far more sinister than her appearance would suggest, and Lyra discovers that her mentor is in a deadly race to get to the North to experiment on a strange, mysterious substance called Dust before Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel.  Parallel worlds, proud mercenary polar bears, murderous mechanical animals and more of some of the most creative magical wonders ever written about fill the pages of this amazing trilogy.  It is a must read for anyone who loved J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series or Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.