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!

Shusterman Fanatics February 8, 2013

If you haven’t read any of Neal Shusterman’s books, you need to pick one up!  I recommend starting with Unwind.  At Herrick our seventh grade teachers have absolutely started a Shusterman craze and students and teachers just can not get enough of him.   All of the teachers started by teaching Full Tilt.  Full Tilt is a fast paced novel that takes place at a super natural carnival. The main character is forced to figure out different puzzles in the form of rides to save himself and his friends from being stuck in the carnival forever.  This book is so popular with the students that the unit was expanded into an author study which currently includes The Eyes of Kid Midas and Unwind.  As I said Unwind is one of my favorite Shusterman books.  I worked with a small group who loved it just as much.  When UnWholly came out in the fall we all ran to get it.  Shusterman is one of the few authors who writes sequels that are even better than the original.  I can not wait until Unsouled comes out next fall.  It will mostly definitely be the book everyone is reading come October.  Currently, I’m working my way through the Skin Jacker Trilogy.  If you have ever wondered what happens after you die, read these books!

 

Guest Blogger – Mrs. Ferroli 7th Grade LA teacher November 20, 2012

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I just finished reading UnWholly written by Neal Shusterman. UnWholly is the sequel to Unwind.

       

 

Although I enjoy series, I often think the best book of the series is the first book. I enjoyed Unwind, however, I LOVED UnWholly. I liked that the book continued the story of several of the main characters from the first book and also introduced a few new characters that should have an integral role in the third book. Although I found the book to be dark and actually had to put the book down and walk away from it at times, I really enjoyed the last 200 pages. My only frustration is having to wait until Fall of 2013 for the third book, UnSouled.  🙂