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!

Beautiful Assassin March 18, 2013


Since this historical fiction novel Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (first in a new series) has been on all of the best of 2012 lists, I just had to check it out.  It definitely lives up to all  of the hype!!!  Ismae’s mother died when she was young, leaving her alone with a brutal, demeaning father who sells her to an even more bullying farmer.  Unexpectedly, Ismae is spirited away in the evening by a group of saviors, who take her to a convent filled with beautiful, intelligent, respectable women.  They all have a secret though… they serve Saint Mortain, god of Death.  Ismae trains in weaponry, poisons, and deception, but her greatest challenge will be protecting her heart from the gorgeous soldier on whom she is sent to spy.  Ismae is a brave, self-sacrificing, honorable heroine in the vein of Cashore’s Katsa, Collins’ Katniss, and George R.R. Martin’s Arya.  This amazing read will be followed by sequels, as LaFevers follows other assassin’s assignments through the convent.