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!

Planet Middle School November 3, 2012

This post is dedicated to Kashyia – I think this might be a book you enjoy.

Planet Middle School is a great book for 7th & 8th grade girls. It’s written in a series of poems (novel in verse) and is a quick read. You can finish this book in a day, no problem! This would be a great read during POWER time at O’Neill.

ImageI was drawn to this book because it is written by Nikki Grimes and it’s a novel in verse. (Yes, I am obsessed with novels in verse) I read Bronx Masquerade last year and I had to see if this book was just as good. Well, it is!

Joylin was a tomboy who always hung out with the boys and wanted to shoot hoops. Middle school brings some changes for Joylin. All of a sudden she starts noticing cute boys, makeup, and new feelings. With all these new experiences, Joylin is trying to figure out who she really is.