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. Enjoy!

Forget Me Not May 14, 2017

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This novel about a girl trying to hide her Tourette Syndrome is written mostly in verse, with short prose vignettes interspersed throughout. Calliope Snow hates her last name– her father died in a car accident during a snowstorm, so being called “Snow” seems like a cruel joke. Because her grief-stricken mother has spent the last few years in a whirlwind of failed relationships, moving after every breakup, Calli is forced to begin at a new school each time and never has time to make a real friend. But this time (the TENTH!) might be a little bit different. Calli meets a kind, friendly boy named Jinsong, who might actually like her. However, because her mother and pediatrician told her not to tell anyone about her Tourette Syndrome, she can’t explain why she is often compelled to make strange noises, faces, and jerky movements. She quickly becomes the joke of her new middle school. Jinsong, who is more interested in this intelligent, quirky, kind girl every day, is torn between wanting to stand up for Calli and wanting to remain friends with the popular students who are bullying her. Terry writes intelligently and creatively, and though the ending is bittersweet, middle schoolers will love seeing Calli and Jin learn to stand up for themselves and each other.

 

7th Grade Guest Blogger – Samantha H. March 30, 2013

Ally’s life was perfect. She was popular, dating her crush, and was on her high school dance team…until her life turns upside down! Something horrible happens to her that leaves her choosing between life and death. It all started one day when an embarrassing photo of her was sent around school. It was revenge from an unknown person. The only questions left are – who is standing in Ally’s way from life and death and what is going to happen to her?

Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean is a truly heartbreaking story of just how fast your life/dreams can be destroyed by one simple thing, like a photo. This was my favorite book since it really relates to all the drama and other things that happen in everyday life. My favorite part of Forget Me Not  was when Ally was just figuring out how much other people really cared about her, once they finally knew the truth and not all the rumors that were being spread around.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a kind of sad story that turns out better for everyone in the end and also someone who doesn’t mind if a book has a little bit of romance.