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!

Growing Up Is Hard to Do June 22, 2013

Out of the Blue by SL RottmanIn Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman, Stu is an Air Force brat. He has moved around the country because both of his parents are in the Air Force and have been assigned to different bases over the 15 years of his life.

Stu says his current move to Minot, North Dakota feels different than all the other moves. Stu’s brother, Ray, will not be coming along this time because Ray is starting college. Stu and Ray’s dad decides not to go to Minot with the family – he’s going to go to Las Vegas to take care of his ailing mother. Stu and Ray put the pieces together and figure out that their parents are spending some time apart, as in a separation. Stu moves with his mom who happens to be the new commander of the base.

Upon moving, Stu meets Billy, a young neighbor boy. Billy has an older brother close to Stu’s age – Curtis.

Curtis is nothing but trouble! He’s into smoking, drugs, and hanging out with the wrong people. Stu gets mixed up into some of that trouble trying to help Billy.

A big part of growing up is figuring out the right things to do. Stu is forced to face some tough choices and makes a few mistakes along the way.

This is a good book for mature readers who enjoy realistic fiction about some of the struggle teens face.