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!

Triplets or Clones? June 14, 2013

Filed under: Romance,Science Fiction Books — lhorn1217 @ 7:54 pm
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DownloadedFile-2The Originals By Cat Patrick

After such fabulous reads from Forgotten and Revived, I was incredibly excited to read Cat Patrick’s next book, and it definitely did not disappoint! This book draws you in from the very start, as we meet the three main characters that are all sharing one life, as a result of a cloning experiment trying to be kept underwraps. As the girls are maturing and meeting more people in their high school, they start questioning their identities start wanting to know more about how they came to be. Could you imagine only going to school for part of the day, only to have your sister finish out the rest of the day for you? Could you imagine having to stay in during the nighttime while your third sister was out taking other courses? All definitely questions that these three sisters or clones asked themselves. Finally, the idea of dating comes into the picture- would you want to share the same guy with your other two sisters? Probably not… as these girls later come to find out. This book has a lot of great dimensions, is relatable to what most teens go through on a regular-basis, just heightened, and will engage you all the way to the book’s conclusion. There is a ton of great mystery embedded into the book along with drama, romance, and of course some science-fiction! A great read that won’t leave you disappointed!


Guest Blogger -7th Grader Danny K. February 19, 2013

After finishing Cat Patrick’s first book, Forgotten, I was wondering if Forgotten would be turned into a movie or if Cat Patrick would write another book. Well, she did…Revived!

What would you do if you couldn’t keep a secret? How would you feel if you couldn’t tell your secrets to someone you love or someone you have faith in? These are the thoughts in the mind of Daisy, a 16 year old girl that has been revived 5 times! After dying the first time on a football field, she woke up not knowing where she was. It was Mason that made a drug for her to come back to life. Revive is a drug that brings you back to life.

Daisy was always aware when she was being revived or not. She still has flashbacks of the times she has been revived; these dreams still haunt her. Each time she is revived, she has a different name, she moves to a new city, and she has to transfer schools.

Daisy “McDaniel” or “West”, made an oath to never tell anyone about revive, otherwise she could go to jail. Audrey, a high school student, meets Daisy and they become friends in a flash! Matt, Audrey’s brother, falls in love with Daisy, but they are not together. Daisy tells Matt her secret!

Audrey has cancer and Matt wants Daisy to give Audrey revive to help her get better. Maybe Audrey can live, but it is a 50/50 chance.

Revived is an outstanding book! I was in joy from the beginning of the book to the end! Revived is a nonstop read from the amazingly talented Cat Patrick!


Only the Future Exists December 18, 2012

Filed under: Fantasy Books,Romance — oneilllibrary @ 2:27 pm
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imgresWhat if everything you remembered was something in the future? And you have no recollection of the past, even what happened the day before? How could you live your life, always knowing what is coming, but never knowing what has happened? Such is London’s life, in the book Forgotten by Cat Patrick. I was so intrigued by this book because it has a premise I haven’t read before. London is a regular teen in that she worries about her friendships and who this cute guy is that she can’t “remember”in her future. So she believes that she must not have a “future” with him. And what do you do when you know your friend is going to make a terrible mistake, because you can see her future as clearly as your friend can see your past? London is caught in an upside down world, one in which only two people, her mom and a friend, know about London’s peculiar memories.  Follow London as she struggles to use the future to help unravel her past.

Recommending for grade 7 and up.




A Fantasy Without Vampires? November 24, 2012

Filed under: Fantasy Books,Mystery and Ghost Stories — lhorn1217 @ 5:53 pm
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Finally, finally, finally I have found a novel that lies within the genre of Fantasy that is not inclusive of vampires, werewolves or anything too extreme for my Contemporary/Realistic Fiction heart! The book is called Revived written by Cat Patrick (also well-known for her book Forgotten that many seventh graders have devoured).

Basically, the main character was in a terrible bus accident when she was a young girl and this agency was looking to test-out a new drug called Revive that would bring people who have died back to life. After bringing this bus load of young kids to life (though not all of them were revived) these children are then relocated, think witness protection program.

The book’s main character has now been revived five different times and seemingly found her place where she belongs, including making a best friend and her first crush. But when she discovers some hidden case studies about the agency in charge of Revive, those relationships begin to alter and she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to stay in the only place she’s actually felt at home. This mysterious fantasy has romance, friendships, action, and pulls you in from the very first page! A definite recommendation I’d make to middle school students, especially ones that don’t love far-fetched fantasies!