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!

Taking Over a Dead Girl’s Bucket List… March 18, 2014

1-Goodbye-Rebel-BlueRebecca Blue does not fit in at Del Ray high school.  Raised by her professional photographer single mother, Rebecca (aka Rebel) grew up on the road chasing the perfect photographic happenings throughout Central and South America.  When her mother is tragically killed, however, Rebel moves in with her aunt, uncle, and Cousin Pen… all of whom seem impossibly tight-laced and perfect.  The one constant in Rebel’s life is now detention, where one afternoon she connects with perky, passionate, civic-minded Kennedy Green.  For their detention assignments, the two create Bucket Lists.  Rebel’s is full of jokes and dares, while Kennedy’s is full of ideas to make the world a better place.  When Kennedy is killed in a car accident eerily similar to the one which killed her mother, Rebel decides to complete Kennedy’s Bucket List.  Can Rebel choose to save endangered species and perform Random Acts of Kindness, without losing her sense of the artistic, free-spirited wanderer that she has always been?


What do cheerleaders, a pig, and a big snowstorm have in common? March 20, 2013

Let It Snow

By: Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, & John Green


I know it’s a little late for holiday books, as this one is centered around Christmas-time (which is when I bought it), but it’s a great read, even coming from someone that does not enjoy Christmas as much as most people!

This book has three different “mini-novels” in one! They all inter-relate somehow with characters, events in the area, and some of the same drama that you see people facing- hence the cheerleaders, pig, and snow storm!

I really liked how each story though was quite different and uniquefrom the other and felt it was weaved together very cleverly. If you are looking for some short, quick romances that will make you laugh, cry, and yearn for Christmas again, this is the book for you!


Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am December 12, 2012

This was a surprisingly good read for me. I had been on the search for some better “boy” realistic fiction books and Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangirs  hit me pretty deep. I LOVED the fact that it was solely 140 pages and got to the point nice and quick. Without giving too much away, this is the story of Ben graduating high school and grappling with the decision of what to do with his future. It begins with he, his long-term girlfriend, and his best friend staring in their high school’s production of “Westside Story,” which is a future his girlfriend was looking into; one that he too could have faired very well in. But Ben felt as though he needed to make a bigger impact on the world and help out his country in a different way- by joining the army. I liked this book because you see how this affects not only Ben, but his girlfriend, best friend (who is still a junior) and his family that he ultimately leaves behind. A heart-wrenching story about changing relationships, the truths about the army and war, and the after effects of such a decision! A great book for all students and all levels! SomebodyPls_cvr-640-h1-198x300