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!

Taking Over a Dead Girl’s Bucket List… March 18, 2014

1-Goodbye-Rebel-BlueRebecca Blue does not fit in at Del Ray high school.  Raised by her professional photographer single mother, Rebecca (aka Rebel) grew up on the road chasing the perfect photographic happenings throughout Central and South America.  When her mother is tragically killed, however, Rebel moves in with her aunt, uncle, and Cousin Pen… all of whom seem impossibly tight-laced and perfect.  The one constant in Rebel’s life is now detention, where one afternoon she connects with perky, passionate, civic-minded Kennedy Green.  For their detention assignments, the two create Bucket Lists.  Rebel’s is full of jokes and dares, while Kennedy’s is full of ideas to make the world a better place.  When Kennedy is killed in a car accident eerily similar to the one which killed her mother, Rebel decides to complete Kennedy’s Bucket List.  Can Rebel choose to save endangered species and perform Random Acts of Kindness, without losing her sense of the artistic, free-spirited wanderer that she has always been?