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!

Smile Book Review by 8th Grader Sydney May 9, 2018

SIn Smile by Raina Telgemeier, a girl named Raina is an 11-years old that was coming home from girl scouts with of her friends. Her friends ask her to race home. As she was running, she tripped and fell on her two front teeth. At first, Raina thought she didn’t break anything until she got up and felt her mouth. She realized that her two front teeth were missing. Her friend’s mom called Raina’s parents as soon as she noticed that Raina was hurt. Raina’s parents came running over and took her the orthodontist. The orthodontist filled her teeth in with a cast for her two front teeth. She went back after the month and they did work on her two front teeth again. When it was her first day of high school, Raina’s friends were being mean to her like pulling down her skirt and called her dog breath because of her braces kit. After all that happened she confronted them. On top of that, she could not smile with confidence, she would just smile with her mouth closed. Raina meets new friends after she was done with her old friends. In the end, Raina gets her final surgery and she is able to smile with confidence again.

In my opinion, I love this book and I would recommend this book to anyone that adores realistic fiction just like I do. I  also love books that I can relate to. This was a perfect match because most of what the author was saying it was like my life inside a book. I was able to relate to Smile because I had dental problems just like Raina. I had to go through the process like Raina but instead of knocking out my teeth, I had a palate expander, four brackets on my top four front teeth, and brackets and rubber bands all over my teeth now.   

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Sunny Side Up – A Review by 7th Grader Isabella G. December 13, 2016

Sunny Lewin has to go to Florida over the summer to live with her grandpa. She thinks she’ll have the time of her life, because Florida is the home of Disney World. But her grandpa doesn’t live in a amusement park, he lives in Pine Palms with other old people. Sunny thinks this will be the worst summer ever, but along the way she meets Buzz who is addicted to comic books. Sunny and Buzz go on lots of adventures like facing golf-ball-eating alligators, saving runaway cats, and finding disappearing neighbors. But only one question remains. Why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer.

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I like Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm because it’s fun and exciting. At first the title made me think that it would be about some family trip. This book is a twist on the average summer vacation. You should read this if you like funny but at the same time serious, and adventurous books that also doesn’t take very long to read. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it made me keep reading and was fun to read.

 

Student Blogger Samantha H. Reviews UGLIES: SHAY’S STORY November 24, 2013

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld is the story of Shay’s life in Uglyville. Shay thinks that “This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.” When the teenagers of Uglyville turn 16, they get the operation called “the Surge”. It turns them into Pretties and moves them into New Pretty Town where all day long they get to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Shay meets David and finds out that getting “the Surge” isn’t her only option. She can stay ugly forever, but it comes with a price. To have a life of perks being a Pretty or stay Ugly and have the rewards of being real – which would you choose?

I liked this science fiction graphic novel a lot because it was super short. Personally, I was able to read it in a day. Uglies: Shay’s Story also gave me a different view on the book Uglies since it was told by Shay instead of Tally. This book would be great for anyone that wants a short book to read, and/or for someone who likes graphic novels/ science fiction. If you liked Uglies, then you will like this book.