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 http://www.buzzsprout.com/229361 and enjoy!

Torn Between Angels and Monsters January 6, 2017

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In this amazing fantasy novel, there are two parallel universes– the one our Earth is a part of, and then the one that holds the planet of Eretz, where the monsters live. Karou appears to be a normal high school art student, but in reality, she works for a chimera named Brimstone, in a workshop that is a portal between the two worlds. As long as she daughter-of-smoke-and-bone.jpgcan remember, Brimstone has sent Karou to collect teeth– sometimes from animals and sometimes from humans. These teeth are often given willingly, and sometimes she knows they have been procured by grave robbery, museum theft, or acts even more sinister. Karou never questions what Brimstone does with these teeth, until the day she tries to enter the portal to his shop and finds the door permanently locked, with a scorched black handprint on the front. Now, she is on the run to find her monster friends, battle an army of murderous avenging angels, and discover what the connection between teeth and wish magic really is. This first in an amazing trilogy will keep you up reading all night long!

 

 

Keys to the Kingdom January 5, 2017

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Arthur Penhaligon has terrible, dangerous asthma. He has to keep an inhaler with him at garth-nixall times, and has been warned to not engage in physical that will make him breathe too hard. However, on his first day at a new school, the gym teacher yells at him for not keeping up with the rest of the class during a run. He tries, and collapses when his throat begins to close! Arthur is sure he is going to die and experiences a dream or hallucination in which an old, stooped man is pushing a young, handsome man in a wheelchair. The handsome man hangs Arthur a key fashioned to look like the minute hand on an antique clock, and tells him it will help him breathe. When Arthur comes to after this strange dream, he is still clutching the key, a mysterious locked book, and is now able to control his breathing. Weirder things begin to happen… a plague seems to be spreading, and Arthur is being hunted by men with the faces of dogs and blood-covered wings who want the key he was given back. They have been sent by the dark Mister Monday who still has the Hour Hand key and needs the Minute Hand key back in order to keep ruling a mysterious old house that might contain a universe within itself… Can Arthur, along with his two best friends, steal the other key from Mister Monday and save the universe? This exciting book for fans of Harry Potter will keep you guessing until the very end!

 

How far will you go to seek revenge? February 15, 2014

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

By: Karen Finneyfrock

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I think we’ve all had a Sandy Firestone in our lives- a person who seems to go out of their way to try and make your life miserable. Well, that is exactly how Celia has felt towards Sandy since their middle school years. And now that they have reached their freshmen year of high school, Celia thought that maybe Sandy would find a new victim in a larger school, but unfortunately for Celia, that just didn’t happen.

When Celia finally reveals just the amount of tormenting she received from Sandy and her minions, I think all readers can connect in some way. Luckily, as her freshmen year continues, Celia meets Drake, who comes with a slew of secrets himself, but stands truly as a best friend to Celia during difficult times. Celia finds herself writing poetry to help clear her mind and get her emotions out, but what happens if that poetry falls into the wrong hands? What happens while her parents are going through tough times, her best friend moves away, and she tries to help Drake uncover his secrets?

A smart, well-written book that I couldn’t put down!