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!

Ever Just Take a Swing? December 6, 2013

She wasn’t sure she could do it. The golf part was no problem, and she wanted that, but, could she join the all boys varsity golf team at her school, and fit in? After all, being a girl from the Rez, or Indian Reservation, wasn’t exactly a ticket to the popular crowd at her school. It had been hard enough of a transition just going to the mostly white school with just a few other kids she’d grown up with. So when she gets the chance to join the golf team, Fred decides she can’t pass it up, even if it means there will be some big challenges.

imgresRyan is beyond mad when he finds out his best friend, Seth, and partner on the golf course has been kicked off the team. Sure Seth wasn’t great, but to be replaced by a girl, a girl from the Reservation no less, is more than a guy can take sometimes.

However, both Fred and Ryan are caught off guard by the feelings they start to have for each other, Ryan quickly realizes that Fred is an amazing golf player and comes to respect her quiet thoughtfulness. Fred, on the other hand, sees more to Ryan than she thought there ever was to the popular and handsome blonde guy.

As these two try to find their way toward each other, others around them aren’t so sure they should.

Hooked by Liz Fichera is a great book for anyone who wants to while away a few hours in a teen romance.

Recommended for grades 7 and up.