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!

Guest Blogger 8th Grader Ariana A. January 29, 2013

Imagine you didn’t know anything about your own mom! What if you didn’t know some of the words she was saying? Imagine not understanding what she was saying or wanted to say to you.

In the book So B. It by Sarah Weeks, Heidi doesn’t know much about her mom. She wants to find out the meaning of the word her mom keeps saying, “soof.” Heidi’s mama is named So B. It.
Bernie is their next-door neighbor. Bernie takes care of mom because Mama’s brain is having trouble. Bernie is more like a nanny to them because she teaches them how to open food cans, how to cross the street, and how to tie their shoes. Then one day Bernie finds some pictures and shows them to Heidi. Heidi thinks that her mom and grandma are in the picture. Heidi has never met her grandmother.
Heidi and Bernie call Hilltop, the place where the pictures were taken, in New York. What Heidi decides to do is to go to Hilltop by herself. When she gets there, she meets a man that knows the word “soof”, the word that her mom says and the word that brought her to Hilltop. She tries to find out the information she needs about her mom and family.

I liked this book because it has some mysteries and a little bit of adventures. If you like finding clues like Heidi does, you will like reading So B. It.