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!

7th Grade Guest Blogger – Katie A. March 31, 2013

I loved this book! I originally picked up One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones because I had just read What My Mother Doesn’t Know – also by the same author.

This book is about a girl named Ruby. You can probably tell by the title, but her mother passes away. This 15 year old is forced to move to L.A with her father, who she has never met, and absolutely hates because he abandoned her and her mother. What’s different about her father, Whip, he’s a super famous movie star. Ruby has to leave her best friend, Lizzie and her boyfriend, Ray.

When she gets to Whip’s mansion, her entire life is flipped around. She gets whatever she wants including her dream room and so much more. The only thing is that she still hasn’t seen the good side of Whip. Ruby is forced to go to a new high school and to spend time with the horrible Whip. She emails her boyfriend, best friend and even deceased mother everyday, but its just not the same. Will Ruby finally warm up to Whip? Is he even really the bad guy? Read this amazing book to find out!

Like I said, I really liked it. Personally, I like books that get straight to the point. That’s one of the reasons I liked this book, it got straight to the point. I would recommend this book to anyone, although it’s a little bit more on the girly side, I think boys could read it too. Like I said, it’s poetry so if you like poetry or novels in verse, you should read it!


7th Grade Student Guest Blogger – Sydney H. March 22, 2013

Stop PretendingI read Stop Pretending – What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones.

This book is about a girl named Cookie. She is 13 years old and has an older sister that is 19 years old. One day, Cookie’s sister comes home from the mall with many bags of clothes. She keeps pulling out the same sweaters, just in different colors. Later, Cookie realizes that something is wrong with her sister. Cookie’s sister is put into a mental hospital for awhile. Cookie is going through her own life wondering what went wrong with her sister. She faces many challenges of trying to hide the secret of her sister with friends at school, and is going through a very rough time, but then something good finally happens, and Cookie’s life is getting better.

I picked this text because it seemed like it was going to be very interesting and a story about a girl just like me, but something different happens to her. I liked this book because it is talking about how Cookie is trying to live her life the way it normally was, but it is so hard. I would recommend this book to a friend, it is more of a girl book, but boys can read it as well.