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!

A Book and a Movie! June 15, 2013

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Tiger Eyes was first published in 1981. Judy Blume was a popular author in the 80s-90s. Her books were the kind you read secretly and told your friends about because Judy Blume wrote about growing up and had occasional curse words. Judy Blume’s books were a little edgier than most books you read in middle school.

Fast forward to 2013 and Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes is now a movie! When I heard about the upcoming movie release, I decided to read the book.

Tiger Eyes is about a girl named Davey. Davey’s father is killed in a robbery at his store. Davey’s mom decides a change of scenery is needed after the tragedy. Davey, her mom, and younger brother head to New Mexico to stay with her aunt and uncle. Not only does Davey feel like she’s lost her dad, but her mom slowly starts to fall into depression. Davey feels alone in a new place. Her aunt and uncle try to  pick up the pieces and take control of the family. To help escape, Davey begins to explore Los Alamos by riding her bike to the canyon and climbing down the rocks. It is here where she meets Wolf – he not only helps her back up the canyon but teaches her how to climb. There’s something about Wolf that makes Davey feel like he’s a true friend. After spending time in New Mexico and with Wolf, Davey finally learns how to face the tragedy of her father’s death and her sadness.

Tiger Eyes is about losing someone close to you and finding the strength to move forward. It is recommended for mature readers. The movie has several differences than the book so I recommend reading the book first and then catching the entertaining flick. The movie is rated PG-13.


An Old Favorite…Reread February 11, 2013

I just finished rereading the book  Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume.  The book is older than I am (published in 1974), but young girls today can probably still connect to the main character Margaret.  The questions that Margaret deals with are timeless.  Her Grandparents disowned her mother when she chose to marry a man of a different faith, leaving Margaret to grow up with no religion at all in a time where all of her friends either go to temple or Sunday school.  As a whole, I think religion is less a part of teenagers lives today, but it is still something that I’m sure is dealt with.  Also, Margaret is waiting anxiously “to become a woman” and deals with having a crush much the way girls still do today.  Will Margaret find a God that she connects with?  Will she ever become a woman?

I definitely enjoyed rereading this classic coming to age novel. The publishers should rerelease a 21st century edition so young girls everywhere could be reintroduced to this great book.