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!

Love? As IF! August 16, 2013

imgresSo what do you do when you are surrounded by people who want to make a big deal out of your birthday, when it already IS a big deal? As in, it is Valentine’s Day. Who wouldn’t love to have Valentine’s Day as their birthday? Piper, that’s who. She is anti romance, and she has her mother’s two failed marriages to back her up.

What does romance get you but a big headache? After all, just ask Piper’s friend Claire, who seems to not realize her boyfriend, Stuart, is about to dump her. Jillian, Piper’s other best friend, is determined to get them all great dates for the BIG day this year. However, Piper is doing everything she can to fight against this plan. Yet as the day gets closer, and Jillian’s plan, however strange and bizarre, seems to actually be having results, Piper has to decide if romance and love are really so horrible, or if she and those she loves, might actually have a shot at it

Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler is a sweet (pun intended) book about a girl growing up and having a hard time doing it. Certainly a great book to pick up and enjoy!

Recommended for 7th grade and up.


Motley Crew of Teens July 23, 2013

They were all different in some way; different enough to be “labeled” at school as the problem students. Kids you didn’t want in your class. But Jim and his friends do have something imgresthey are really serious about. That would be paint ball. They have started an unofficial tournament in the sewer tunnels of their city where they compete against teams from other schools. They are really good, better than good. They are undefeated.

However, with the addition of a new member, Carter, the team seems to be facing some growing pains. Namely, Lisa, a founding member and awesome paintballer, is having the pains. She clearly doesn’t like or want Carter on the team, but won’t say why. It all comes down to a dangerous game in the tunnels.

What lengths would you go to if you disliked someone? In Sewer Rats by Sigmund Brouwer, you have a chance to see what lengths some will go to. Up to you to decide if it was right or wrong.

Recommended for 6th grade and up.