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!

Bad Time for a Walk in the Woods December 9, 2014

When the three of them met up, they had no idea this would end that way it does. After all, Alexis, Ruby and Nick are teen volunteers for the Portland County Search team and don’t have much experience. They are still taking the classes and haven’t become certified yet. Even so, when they meet up to look for an autistic man who has gotten lost in one of the many area forested parks, they don’t think they’ll be in the middle of anything much.

imgres-1It is Alexis who finds the girl’s body. Even though they were all instructed to stay together, Alexis, Ruby and Nick all get spread out along the trail. Alexis thinks at first it is the man they are searching for, but when she gets closer, she realizes it is a teenage girl and she’s dead. Ruby and Nick come at her whistle, and Ruby confirms the girl is indeed dead.

Without realizing it, they have all stumbled upon a murder, a murder they all want to help the police solve. They realize they might have seen the killer on the trail, and if they did, could he be coming after one of them next?

April Henry‘s newest mystery, The Body in the Woods won’t disappoint her fans. Told from multiple perspectives, including the killer, this book will have you up reading late at night to finish.

Recommended for grades 7 and up.


Triplets or Clones? June 14, 2013

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DownloadedFile-2The Originals By Cat Patrick

After such fabulous reads from Forgotten and Revived, I was incredibly excited to read Cat Patrick’s next book, and it definitely did not disappoint! This book draws you in from the very start, as we meet the three main characters that are all sharing one life, as a result of a cloning experiment trying to be kept underwraps. As the girls are maturing and meeting more people in their high school, they start questioning their identities start wanting to know more about how they came to be. Could you imagine only going to school for part of the day, only to have your sister finish out the rest of the day for you? Could you imagine having to stay in during the nighttime while your third sister was out taking other courses? All definitely questions that these three sisters or clones asked themselves. Finally, the idea of dating comes into the picture- would you want to share the same guy with your other two sisters? Probably not… as these girls later come to find out. This book has a lot of great dimensions, is relatable to what most teens go through on a regular-basis, just heightened, and will engage you all the way to the book’s conclusion. There is a ton of great mystery embedded into the book along with drama, romance, and of course some science-fiction! A great read that won’t leave you disappointed!


Burn for Burn January 5, 2013


Burn for Burn written by: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Oh how I love myself a dramatic, girlie, contemporary fiction novel! Burn for Burn was a fabulous addition to my love of drama-filled high school romances and adventures. Written by Jenny Han (a favorite author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series) and new favorite Siobhan Vivian (author of recently read The List), this drama will leave with a great feeling of satisfaction. We’ve all had people that have “wronged” us and this group of girls, naturally all part of different clicks and groups at their high school, come together to seek revenge of those individuals that have indeed done them wrong. I believe that most of us who have been in high school and college, can connect to at least one of the story lines along the way of relationship disasters, jealously, and being queen bee! Some parts are a little mature, as it takes place with junior and senior high school students, but otherwise I do believe there is a great lesson and moral underneath all the intense and understandable drama! Loved it!