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!

Mystery Death? December 5, 2015



Suzy, aka Zu, loves science and random facts.  Do you know how many times a heart beats in a minute?  Or how many seconds pass between lighting flashes?  Or how many people are stung by jellyfish every year?  Zu does, and she is obsessed with gathering as much new information about the world as she can.  That is, however, before her best friend drowns. Zu is heartbroken by Franny’s death, made even worse by the fact that Zu betrayed her greatly right before Franny died.  When Zu sees an exhibit at the aquarium of a very rare, very tiny, very deadly jellyfish, she knows in her heart this is what truly caused Franny’s death.  But is she willing to travel halfway around the world to meet with this species’ leading scientist?  And even if she does, will anyone believe what she knows to be true?  The Thing About Jellyfish is a hilarious, heartbreaking, totally unique novel about relationships and forgiveness.  Most importantly, this novel explores the theme of how everything in the universe is interconnected.  Fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff, and Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead will love this book!!