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 http://www.buzzsprout.com/229361 and enjoy!

Flipped Book Review by 7th Grader Hannah May 7, 2018

FFlipped by Wendlin Van Draaen was really good. It’s about a boy named Bryce who moved across the street from a girl name Julianna. After they met, Julianna started to have a huge crush on Bryce. Bryce didn’t have a crush on her because he thought she was weird. Through the years, Julianna´s feelings for Bryce grew, yet Bryce´s feelings for Julianna didn’t change at all. In the middle of the book, Bryce said some mean things about Julianna and she found out. After a while, Bryce started to feel bad and he also started to have feelings for her. Julianna didn’t have feelings for him anymore because of all the mean things he said about her. After months of going through drama and ignoring each other, Bryce finally stepped up and told Julianna his feelings for her. Julianna still didn’t feel the same for him. It seems their feelings for each other have “flipped”!

Then Bryce planted a sycamore tree for Julianna. This meant a lot to her because she used to climb a sycamore tree daily, watching the sun rise and set, until it got cut down. Once Julianna saw what Bryce planted for her, she finally forgave him and they became friends again.

 I liked this book because I love how there was a lot of drama, plot twists, and romantic parts. I also liked how the author changes from Bryce´s point of view to Julianna´s point of view on every chapter. There is a movie of this story and I used to watch it all the time.

 

A Phone Call You Can’t Ignore… January 6, 2015

imgresAt first Eric didn’t pay much attention to the call. It was strange and vague and didn’t make much sense. It was the email that really got his attention. An email that showed part of his room. How did someone get a picture of his room? Suddenly, the voice on the phone made Eric sit up and pay attention. The voice wanted him to do something that would get him into trouble, but for Eric, what the voice had on him was way worse if it should get out.

Cold Calls by Charles Benoit looks at three teens whose lives are changed by a voice on the phone. Each has a secret they want to hide, one that will change their lives if it gets out.

By a chance encounter, the three realize they are being harassed by the same person. They only have a limited amount of time to figure out who has their secrets before the secrets are exposed to the world. Can they stop the person before it is too late?

Recommended for 8th grade and up.