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!

Across the Universe May 3, 2017

In the future, colonization of other planets is possible. Amy, a normal high school girl with friends, a boyfriend, and a spot on the cross country team, is not into space travel. But, her mother is a leading genetic scientist, and is chosen to be part of a special mission called “Project Ark Ship”. This mission seeks to colonize a brand new planet called CentauriEarth– a planet that is not very hospitable. The best of Earth’s scientists, engineers, mathematicians, artists, and writers are all gathered to travel to this new world, and essentially will recreate Earth. Amy, her mother, her father, and 2,312 other chosen passengers are cryogenically frozen and placed on board a space craft that will travel three hundred years into the future. When they land on CentauriEarth, they will be unfrozen by the chosen “Eldest” and won’t have aged at all. But, strange things start happening almost immediately. As Amy is being frozen, she overhears lab techs talking about how the project is going to be delayed a year or more—but none of the passengers were made aware of that. They will all be frozen and stored in a facility going nowhere for a whole year. Then, Amy horrifically realizes that she hasn’t lost consciousness like she was supposed to. Worst of all, Amy is woken early, while her family and all of the other passengers still sleep. Someone tried to kill her! But who else is even awake on the ship? This intriguing blend of science fiction, dysoptian, mystery-thriller will alternately intrigue and terrify readers.



Hunger Games meets….The Bachelor? September 24, 2013

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Dystopian novels are incredibly popular right now, most of us can’t get enough of them!  However, when you think about the genre, most are incredibly dark and depressing.  The world has ended as we know it, there wars, zombies, aliens, etc.  The Selection by Kiera Cass gives readers a lighter side to the genre; a love story.  The setup is still dyImagestopian, after many wars the world has moved to a strict caste system in which people are born into their rolls in society, but the caste system really just provides an interesting background for the story.  The main character, America, is selected along with 35 other young women to complete to marry the crown prince Maxon.  Initially, she rejects the game and the prince himself for the love of  a servant back home.  As the story progresses, both her relationships with Maxon and Aspen (the boy back home) change.

As with most books published recently, this is the first in a series.  I personally can’t wait to see what happens to Lady America in this twisted dystopian love story.

For lots more details both about the book and author, check out Kiera Cass’ website.