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!

Love? As IF! August 16, 2013

imgresSo what do you do when you are surrounded by people who want to make a big deal out of your birthday, when it already IS a big deal? As in, it is Valentine’s Day. Who wouldn’t love to have Valentine’s Day as their birthday? Piper, that’s who. She is anti romance, and she has her mother’s two failed marriages to back her up.

What does romance get you but a big headache? After all, just ask Piper’s friend Claire, who seems to not realize her boyfriend, Stuart, is about to dump her. Jillian, Piper’s other best friend, is determined to get them all great dates for the BIG day this year. However, Piper is doing everything she can to fight against this plan. Yet as the day gets closer, and Jillian’s plan, however strange and bizarre, seems to actually be having results, Piper has to decide if romance and love are really so horrible, or if she and those she loves, might actually have a shot at it

Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler is a sweet (pun intended) book about a girl growing up and having a hard time doing it. Certainly a great book to pick up and enjoy!

Recommended for 7th grade and up.