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!

Who will be THE ONE? May 8, 2014

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The One (3rd book in The Selection series)

Kiera Cass

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While this series has kept me on the edge of my seat, the much-anticipated third novel was probably the best yet. Now that we have really gotten to know the ins and outs of these characters and girls competing to win the prince’s heart, Kiera Cass focuses on the constant struggle between castes as well as the various rebels against the prince and his family overall.

Within the last book, we left the prince with just a handful of suitors left for him to choose from. As we continue to guess which girl who will ultimately end up with, we also get to know more about the responsibilities as a princess, as well as the struggles the individual girls face when some of their families become in danger due to the war going on around them. There are so many dynamic relationships, characters, conflicts, and events that you too won’t be able to put this book down!

It’s not too often that we see a series continually get better and better with each book and I’m so glad that Kiera Cass was able to do so!

 

Class Clown, or Class Savior? May 10, 2013

imgresAlways in trouble and loving it! That is how Donovan views his world in middle school. He sees something and does it without any thought to the future or the possible consequences of his actions. Such is the case one afternoon in detention for participating in a spitball war. Of course, Donovan was the only one caught, so he’s serving time alone. After being lured out of a window by his friends, he looks at a statue of Atlas holding up the world (a very old statue in front of the school) and thinks to take a whack at it with a stick. Gee, what could possibly happen, right?

Well, the “world” rolls off of Atlas and down the hill, in the process breaking the wall of the gym, destroying the gym floor and almost running some people over. The superintendent of the schools looks out and catches Donovan red handed and guilty. But that is when things get pretty funny and turned upside down in Ungifted by Gordon Korman because instead of being punished, by a fluke, Donovan finds himself going to the gifted school in his district and thinking he might be able to hide out for a while. But the question is how long can a really average kid hide among a group of geniuses and what happens when it all falls apart?

As with most of Korman’s books, humor is front and center. Donovan is a likable kid who, frankly just doesn’t think. He wrangles his very pregnant sister into the class of genius kids, turns their robotic team inside out and introduces one to youtube with hilarious results. I literally laughed out loud at parts.


Recommended for grades 6th and up.