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!

8th Grade Student Guest Blogger March 18, 2013

The book Gone by Michael Grant is the first book in the six-part Gone Series. Now I know six books may sound intimidating, but these books are so good you can’t put them down. Six books won’t seem like enough! The story starts in Perdido Beach, California with Sam Temple. Sam’s a pretty regular kid. He loves to surf with his


best friend, Quinn, and he has a crush on a girl named Astrid. However, Sam has noticed something odd that’s happened to him, he can create and shoot light with his hands. If that isn’t freaky enough, on a seemingly ordinary day in Perdido Beach all the adult disappear. No explosion, no magic spell, just gone. After all the initial chaos dies down, Sam discovers he isn’t alone. Other kids have amazing powers just like him. One girl can teleport, another has the ability to cancel gravity. Most kids use their powers to help the kids in town, but not everyone. The power-hungry Caine and other kids at Coates Academy are working against Perdido Beach. They want control but if they have it, they’ll abuse their power. Oh yeah, and all these kids are trapped by an impenetrable dome.

Review by Claire O’Meara


Starters…the “new” Hunger Games? December 11, 2012

Filed under: Science Fiction Books — lhorn1217 @ 11:18 am
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startersnewI was instantly drawn to this book Starters by Lissa Price, and I have to say it had everything to do with the cover! I had seen it laying around the library and on my students’ desks and I kept picking it up and I am SO glad that I did! This nail-biter from the first page, had me hooked. There were so many interesting events, relationships, and twists and turns along the way that kept me wanting more- even up until the final pages! When (of course) I found out that there would be a second novel in the series, that luckily for me came out today!
This is a science-fiction book in a utopian/dystopian society where a war has broken out and taken and “kill” the main character’s parents. She is then left to fend for herself and younger brother on the streets. In search of money and a better way of life for she and her younger brother who has grown quite ill, she hears about a place called the “body bank” where young teenagers are able to rent their bodies out to elders in search of their youth and recapturing their “best” days. As she grapples with this decision, her brother is getting worse, they are forced to leave their hiding spot and are now “squatting” in an abandoned building. She doesn’t seem like she had much of a choice and decides to go through with the rental… As she undergoes the process, she thinks that things are going really well. Until she enters her third rental that is due to last a full month- that’s a full month that her mind is sleeping, while someone else whom she has never met gets to go around acting like a careless teenager. This is when everything goes wrong!
This is a fabulous high-energy intense novel that really keeps you enthralled the ENTIRE way through! A great book for both boys and girls, especially ones that enjoy trying to solve mysteries and circumstances, especially dealing with creative science and technology! 🙂