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!

Truth Be Told (Or Is It Really The Truth?) June 22, 2013 was a website middle schoolers Zebby and Amr started. As the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Zebby wanted to write about the tough topics of her middle school – the new math curriculum, how student council was nothing but a popularity contest, and bullying. Zebby’s teacher would not let her write on any of those topics. Feeling censored, Zebby gets Amr to create a website, a website where anyone from Truman Middle School could post the truth anonymously.

Zebby and Amr posted a few articles about the worst teachers and what school rules they thought didn’t make any sense. Once the “in crowd” found out about the website, it grew in popularity. Pretty soon all the students at Truman knew about the site and posts were coming in!

One post got a lot of attention – it asked for nominations for biggest poser at school and mentioned Lilly, who happened to be a member of the popular crowd. Also posted was a picture of Lilly from 6th grade when she used to be overweight. Lilly kept that secret from her popular friends and her boyfriend, but now the “truth” was out.

More posts were made about Lilly, and her friends and boyfriend didn’t want to hang around her anymore. These posts were not even true but students at Truman believed them! Lilly became the victim of cyber bullying and her life was horrible.

The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillstad Butler is told from the points of view of several middle school students. Read about their different experiences with exposing and facing “the truth.”

Recommended for 6th grade and above.