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!

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

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 3:26 pm
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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.

 

Guest Blogger 8th Grader Ryan D. January 21, 2013

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Have you ever been scared to go outside because of the thought you would never be seen again? You’re lucky you don’t have to, but read this book so you can feel what it’s like!
The title of my book is called POD By Stephen Wallenfels.

There are these black oval things called Pods. When they appeared, they started to take people away with this blinding light that flashes whenever people step outside. The only things that the bright flashes take away are people and cars. Everyone is safe unless they are seen by the pods.

The main characters are Meg (12 years old) and Josh (16 years old). Meg is all by herself living in a parking garage of a hotel with very little food. She has to go outside of the car she lives in to get food. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but there are these guys that come out of the hotel and smash the car! These are very violent people that Meg doesn’t want to be involved with. In the beginning of the book, Meg’s mom left before the pods showed up. Her mom said she would be back. Meg didn’t mind her absence but, little did Meg know, that could be the last time she would possibly see her mom.

Josh is the other main character in the book. He lives at home with his dad. They have a good amount of food with them. (so far!) There is a pod over their house. His dad is very smart because he makes a list to eat only three times a day and he filled everything he could with water just in case the water goes off.
I like this book because it’s a page turner and I always wanted to keep reading. I just really like sci-fi and reading stuff like this. I hate to read but this book changed my opinion on reading.