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!

8th Grade Student Guest Blogger March 18, 2013

The book Gone by Michael Grant is the first book in the six-part Gone Series. Now I know six books may sound intimidating, but these books are so good you can’t put them down. Six books won’t seem like enough! The story starts in Perdido Beach, California with Sam Temple. Sam’s a pretty regular kid. He loves to surf with his


best friend, Quinn, and he has a crush on a girl named Astrid. However, Sam has noticed something odd that’s happened to him, he can create and shoot light with his hands. If that isn’t freaky enough, on a seemingly ordinary day in Perdido Beach all the adult disappear. No explosion, no magic spell, just gone. After all the initial chaos dies down, Sam discovers he isn’t alone. Other kids have amazing powers just like him. One girl can teleport, another has the ability to cancel gravity. Most kids use their powers to help the kids in town, but not everyone. The power-hungry Caine and other kids at Coates Academy are working against Perdido Beach. They want control but if they have it, they’ll abuse their power. Oh yeah, and all these kids are trapped by an impenetrable dome.

Review by Claire O’Meara


What if you could create the Adam to your Eve? December 6, 2012

UnknownThis engrossing sci-fi book, Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate, hooked me from the first line. I would drop anything that I was doing in the past two nights just to sneak a peek and read through the very quick chapters! The story alternates perspectives from the female lead of Eve, who we see get into a bad accident at the start of the novel. Her mom just so happens to be a part of a hospital/company that helps people recover in a variety of ways. And she sure does that for Eve. As she tries to distract her daughter from the secretive past of her company and workers, she creates a simulation of sorts where Eve can create her perfect man. A lot of thought goes into his features, besides just his appearance. She is able to think about and see how certain qualities and traits would thus alter this piece of perfection. And thus, Eve has created Adam. Yet, Eve’s male counterpart is a gentlemen named Solo, both of which take turns narrating the various chapters, whom is completely bitter towards Eve’s mom and knows the truth of what’s really going on, as has been for some time. As the story unfolds, romances begin, loyalties are tested, and the truths that we thought were out there, well were potentially underdeveloped. This book was an amazingly fast read that definitely kept me wanting more in it’s 300 pages! I’d recommend this to anyone looking to uncover secrets, fascinating plot lines within plot lines, and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat!

Novel written by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate-

husband and wife right?