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!

WWI Steampunk Style November 1, 2016



This alternate history, steampunk novel is set when the world is about to plunge into World War I. The Austro-Hungarian and German forces have manufactured war machines they call Clankers. These giant machines are powered entirely by steam, and are fitted with giant machine guns and reloadable ammunition—the world has seen nothing like them before! In retaliation, British forces having been breeding animals to become machines. The pride of their air force is a giant machine called the Leviathan—it is a whale crossed with a plane, deadly and with a mind of its own.

The prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Aleksander Ferdinand, who has no royal blood on his mother’s side, has been forcibly removed from his palace and is on the run from being murdered by members of his own court. At the same time, British Devyn Sharp, a young woman with a passion for flying, has disguised herself as a boy to join the British Air Service. With war looming, the two should be enemies, but when their paths cross, they might decide to become heroes together.


Student Blogger Samantha H. Reviews UGLIES: SHAY’S STORY November 24, 2013

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld is the story of Shay’s life in Uglyville. Shay thinks that “This whole game is just designed to make us hate ourselves.” When the teenagers of Uglyville turn 16, they get the operation called “the Surge”. It turns them into Pretties and moves them into New Pretty Town where all day long they get to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Shay meets David and finds out that getting “the Surge” isn’t her only option. She can stay ugly forever, but it comes with a price. To have a life of perks being a Pretty or stay Ugly and have the rewards of being real – which would you choose?

I liked this science fiction graphic novel a lot because it was super short. Personally, I was able to read it in a day. Uglies: Shay’s Story also gave me a different view on the book Uglies since it was told by Shay instead of Tally. This book would be great for anyone that wants a short book to read, and/or for someone who likes graphic novels/ science fiction. If you liked Uglies, then you will like this book.