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!

Bodies and Tweets, piling up! July 10, 2014

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Thinking this new school will be her chance to break free of her old self, Brianna heads back to MacHale after winter break with mixed feelings. She thought going to the private arts boarding school would allow her to finally get out from under her mom’s thumb and get into acting. However, after the fall session, she isn’t sure anyone will take her seriously as an actress or even as a friend.

When she gets to her room for the beginning of the Winter session, she is surprised to find it full, of not only her roommate but some of the most influential upper classmen guys on campus. Including, Eric, the guy she’s been secretly crushing on since her arrival months ago. Eric is an amazing actor, and Brianna hopes her try out for Hamlet will land her a starring role, opposite Eric.

However, her hopes are quickly dashed when the old director dies, and a new teacher comes in. His style is very different and Brianna gets a role of being the play’s imgressocial media person. The new director wants her to tweet about the show and all the happenings. Very quickly though, the production is plagued by bad luck, and some cast members actual die! Brianna grows more paranoid as tweets from a mysterious person seem to predict these dire events. More and more of her classmates seem to think Brianna is the one behind these awful events.

Can Brianna figure out who is really behind the tweets and the murders before she finds herself caught in the murderer’s sights?

Followers by Anna Davies is a mystery that will leave you with some questions at the end, but if you want a mystery, grab this one for a quick read.


#lovestory June 15, 2013

Tweet Hearts by Elizabeth Rudnick is not your typical book! Find out about BFFs Claire and Lottie by reading their tweets and emails.

Lottie is a huge flirt! Claire is shy and has a huge crush on a popular lacrosse player named JD. Lottie wants Claire to talk to JD but she can’t – all she can do is talk about him to her friends. Will, one of the guys they hang around with, gets to hear all about Claire’s love for JD. Unfortunately he happens to have a crush on Claire.

Will creates a fake Twitter account to pretend he’s JD and tweets Claire. Well of course she’s over the moon because JD tweets her – or at least that’s what she thinks.

And of course things spin out of control – Claire now thinks JD is into her and Lottie wants Claire to talk to JD now that they are Twitter friends. Will can’t find the right way to tell Claire he’s been the one tweeting her the whole time and he has a crush on her.

Find out what happens to the bunch and if any of them find true love.