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!

What would you do if you were constantly on the run? February 15, 2014

Filed under: Mystery and Ghost Stories — lhorn1217 @ 10:51 am
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Don’t Turn Aroundimgres-6

By: Michelle Gagnon

Tags: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Science Fiction

Our two main characters here are Noa and Peter. We begin with Noa- a foster kid who doesn’t have a family to call her own. The book starts with a heightened sense of thrill when Noa wakes up on a table in a warehouse in nothing but a hospital gown. In not recollecting anything that had taken place beforehand, she instantly tries to escape. Using her incredible street-smarts she’s picked up while primarily caring for herself for so long, she is able to do so.

Then, we meet Peter- a rich kid who takes pleasure in computer-hacking and not his parents money. When he begins to search through his father’s secret files one night, a man breaks into his home, steals his computer, and leaves.

How do these two stories come together? Well, when Peter continues to delve into this program that obviously has some restrictions and danger, he reaches out to other computer hackers for assistance, which happens to be none other than Noa. As they both continue to explore their own situations, they begin to see how their stories really do intertwine.

This story has a lot of complexity in following along the various plot lines, but the intensity, suspense, and smart creativity used along the way is like none other. As Noa and Peter continue to try to solve this mystery, get the “bad guys” while also potentially saving other people’s lives, they continue to ask themselves if it will be enough. The book ends rather abruptly with a lot of unanswered questions, which is why I cannot wait to begin the sequel: Don’t Look Now! Read if you dare!


Action, Adventure and True Love!


By: Jonathan Friesenimgres-4

I definitely wish I had the adrenaline-junkie vide that is created with our main character Jake in Rush, a definite surprising-action adventure that I couldn’t put down. With a touch of romance, as Jake’s love for his long-time best friend continues to grow, this book really does have it all, for both boys and girls!

When Jake is on the fast-track to become a fire-fighter and join a prestigious crew, his limits are definitely pushed and the rush that he receives is definitely heightened. It all boils down to how far he is willing to take his rush and how much he is willing to risk… In the end, I believe Jake learns not only an answer to this question, but a great lesson in pushing the limits.


Scars and Tattoos and Guns, oh MY! April 4, 2013

Filed under: Romance,Science Fiction Books — oneilllibrary @ 8:44 am
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For Anna, waking up in the middle of the night to sneak down into her basement is something she has been doing since she was 13. And you would too if your basement held four hunky guys locked up in cells who you don’t know why they are there but that your father is doing some kind of experiments with them. In Altered by Jennifer Rush, Anna slowly comes to find out her father works for a group called Branch, and when she gets older, her father pulls her into the basement to work with the four young men. She knows they have been in her basement for around 5 years or so, and has some idea why they are being held, but is never sure. One thing they all know, none of the boys can remember anything about their lives beyond living in the cells in the basement of Anna’s house.

imgresOne morning, during what she believes will be a routine check by some higher ups from Branch, a gunfight erupts and Anna is forced to flee with the four young men. Anna has always felt connected to the boys in some unexplained way, but especially to their leader, Sam. She worries Sam knows how she feels about him, but as they are forced to flee and follow the clues that might lead them to their past lives, the connection between Anna and Sam is tested.

If you enjoy a great romance, lots of puzzles and breaking codes, gun shoot outs and non stop action, this will be a great read for you. I luckily was on vacation when I started this book and was able to read it straight through. I have a feeling you’ll want to do just that too!

Recommended for 8th grade and up.