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!

Lady Midnight April 24, 2018

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This book is the first in a new series by the author of The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and Shadowhunters Academy series.

In this new series, angels, fairies, demons, and humans all live together on earth– but not always peacefully. Emma is what is known as a Shadowhunter; she is half-angel, half-human and an elite warrior. Emma and her partner Julian are the guardians of Los Angeles, where vampires and murderous fairies prey on humans. Shadowhunters try to keep the peace, but fight when needed. Recently, though, both human and fairy bodies have been showing up brutally murdered. The Shadowhunters know they must join forces with the fairies to catch whatever darker force is at work in the world.

Into this very dangerous war is thrown Kit, a mortal teenage boy who can see the creatures of the underworld that most humans cannot. The Shadowhunters want to use Kit as a weapon and a spy, but Kit’s moral father has his own plans that he plans to trap Kit in.

Read this amazing dark urban fantasy book to find out who is killing humans and magical creatures, and who is destined to save the city.


The Angels are Coming…RUN! June 24, 2013

Filed under: Fantasy Books,Romance — oneilllibrary @ 11:52 am
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imgresIt has only been six weeks. Six weeks and everyones lives have been turned upside down, and flipped and well, Penryn can’t even count all the ways her life has gone to hell…or should we say, to the Angels. Six weeks ago, the apocalypse began with Angels coming down to earth…and killing humans and destroying cities around the world.

Penryn is 17 years old in the book Angelfall by Susan Ee and trying to keep her small family together after this momentous change on earth. Her mother, at the best of times a lucid caring mother, and at the worst of times, a woman haunted by demons she believes are real, hasn’t had her medication for paranoid schizophrenic for some weeks now, and it is showing. Paige, Penryn’s disabled younger sister of 7, is in a wheelchair ever since her legs were injured in an accident years before. But how do you outrun an Angel? Or Angels as the case may be?

As Penryn and her small family begin to make a run for the hills outside of Silicon Valley, CA, they encounter not one Angel, but six. Five of them appear to be attacking one, one with snowy white wings, wings that Penryn watches being cut from his body as she and her mother and sister huddle behind an abandoned parked car. Paige’s small gasp of empathy for the wingless Angel draws attention to them and as Penryn attempts to help the downed Angel, another snatches her baby sister from her wheelchair and carries her away.

Her mother has run off, her darling baby sister has been taken by an Angel, and Penryn realizes her only hope of finding her again is to take the bleeding, dying Angel from the street and get him to talk, by any means necessary.

Of course, this appears to be the first book in a series, but I have to tell you, this is one that I’ll pick up the second book, because this first one was a great nonstop read.

Recommended for mature 8th graders and up.



If You Aren’t Afraid of a Sad Book January 12, 2013

Filed under: Novels in Verse — bhomel @ 8:42 pm
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I tried to read I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder awhile back but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. I never finished it – but I recently came across her newer novel in verse, Far From You. Several people posted online that it was a great book. I decided to give this author another chance. I started reading Far from You before bed one night and it was so good, I ended up staying up way past my bedtime to finish this 355 page novel in verse. It sounds like a lot of pages but this story is told through very small poems on each page.

From the beginning, Alice’s life is pretty depressing. She’s about to become a big sister. She points out she’s only the big HALF-sister because she’s not happy about her step mom having a new baby. As a matter of fact, she’s not happy at all about even having a step mom. Alice’s mom passed away from cancer and Alice is still hanging on to her grief. She writes songs about her mom to help cope with it. Meanwhile, her dad has moved on to a new wife and baby – which all seemed to leave Alice behind and left out. I really felt bad for Alice as I was reading this. I think the author, Lisa Schroeder, did a great job really making you feel how lonely Alice’s life was as you read on. Part of the reason I couldn’t put the book down was because I felt so bad for Alice and wanted to find out what was going to happen to the poor girl.

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for her, she ends up in a fight with her best friend and then has to go with her family to visit her step mom’s parents for Christmas. There’s one huge challenge Alice faces before she finally gets a break. Someone seems to be on her side helping her out like a guardian angel.

What I like about this book so much is that Lisa Schroeder packs a lot of description in such small amounts of words. This is a big story packed into small poems. I recommend this book for 8th graders and up.