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!

Not Your Typical Cancer Book October 9, 2013





Hazel Grace is a sixteen-year-old with terminal lung cancer.  She is content with a quiet existence spent reading, watching America’s Next Top Model, and attending the occasional cancer support group meeting.  Then she meets Augustus Waters.  Energetic, witty, sensitive Augustus, aching to leave a permanent mark on the world, will show her that every day can be filled with an astonishing amount of magic and heartbreak.  Interwoven with mythology, poetry, and video games, this is not what Hazel refers to as “the typical cancer book”.


What do cheerleaders, a pig, and a big snowstorm have in common? March 20, 2013

Let It Snow

By: Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, & John Green


I know it’s a little late for holiday books, as this one is centered around Christmas-time (which is when I bought it), but it’s a great read, even coming from someone that does not enjoy Christmas as much as most people!

This book has three different “mini-novels” in one! They all inter-relate somehow with characters, events in the area, and some of the same drama that you see people facing- hence the cheerleaders, pig, and snow storm!

I really liked how each story though was quite different and uniquefrom the other and felt it was weaved together very cleverly. If you are looking for some short, quick romances that will make you laugh, cry, and yearn for Christmas again, this is the book for you!


5 Stars for The Fault In Our Stars December 30, 2012

I am a pretty tough book critic. It takes a lot for me to rate a book 5 out of 5 stars. At first, I wasn’t even sure if I would like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green so I didn’t read it right away. I was hearing a lot of buzz about the book from students, other teachers, and online. I saw this book on several top 10 book lists. It was calling my name just like Twilight and The Hunger Games. When I hear a book title over and over again, I have to read it.

There’s a pretty good reason why I was hearing about The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS) so much…it’s an awesome story!!!! This book is getting 5 out of 5 stars from me! I am even going to go as far as to buy my own copy (the one I read was from the library) and read it again. I may even highlight my favorite quotes or parts.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, 17, has cancer. She doesn’t go to school and has to push around an oxygen tank to help her breathe. She wants to sit at home and watch TV but her mom nags her to be a teenager and go out. The only place Hazel usually goes to is a cancer support group to make her mom happy. At a meeting, Hazel meets Augustus Waters. Once you meet Augustus, you will fall in love with this character, just like Hazel does. Augustus changes Hazel’s life – that’s all I can say because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. As a matter of fact, I knew nothing about the book when I began reading it. I think that made me appreciate the story so much more.

I will tell you this: you will laugh as Hazel, Isaac, and Augustus sarcastically take on cancer and being sick. You will also cry – this story is beautifully tragic. This book is about friendship, love, heroes, and overcoming challenges in life. There are some mature parts so I recommend this book for mature readers.