Books In the Middle Podcast

Books In the Middle Podcast

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Looking for booktalks for middle school students? Look no farther than this podcast. Browse through the many titles in all different genres for just the right title to get your students inspired, excited and racing to the library for a copy of the book…


24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling (Contemporary Fiction)
Aug 3 • 5 min
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti BowlingGus is about to get a mouthful of cholla, a horrible spiny cactus that will hook into you and you need pliers to pull it out! Yeah, because of Bo, the resident bully and his lackeys. Gus’ face is getting closer and…
Guest by Mary Downing Hahn (Fantasy)
Jul 20 • 4 min
Guest by Mary Downing Hahn Growing up in Mirkwood with the perfect babby brother can be a pain. At least that is what Mollie thinks. Yeah, he never cries, and he’s sweet and cute as a button, but sometimes a girl just gets tired of all the attention…
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien (Science Fiction)
Jul 6 • 3 min
Z for ZachariahBy Robert O’Brien After a year she had given up hope; hope of ever seeing another person again. Till the day she noticed smoke far out on the dead plain and watched it get closer and closer. At first it seemed wonderful, but…
This Side of Home by Renee Watson (Contemporary Fiction)
Jun 22 • 4 min
This Side of Home by Renee WatsonMaya and Nicki are named after two of their mother’s favorite poets. And their father is a community activist, always helping somewhere and someone, many of them Maya and Nicki’s friends. Maya has always loved her…
The Dogs by Allan Stratton (Contemporary Fiction/ Ghost Story)
Jun 15 • 3 min
The Dogs By Allan StrattonA new house, a new town, a new school. Cameron has done it all before, multiple times. In fact, he’s getting so tired of the same old story, that he’s beginning to question whether his mom is making things up. Maybe his dad…
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (Fantasy)
Jun 1 • 4 min
Bruiser By Neal Shusterman What if you didn’t have to feel pain, any pain? No physical, no emotional pain, ever. The only problem is that you don’t just get rid of it; you transfer it to another person. Would you still do it, or would you own…
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Science Fiction)
May 25 • 3 min
Among the Hidden By Margaret Peterson HaddixFor years, Luke always thought that when he got a little bit older, he would be able to do everything that his older brothers could. But then the day arrives when Luke is six, and he thinks old enough to go to…
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Contemporary Fiction)
May 18 • 3 min
Dear Martin by Nic StoneHave you ever heard of the expression, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished? Well, Justyce is thinking something along those lines while he sits on the ground in handcuffs after trying to prevent his ex- girlfriend from driving home…
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham (Contemporary Fiction)
May 2 • 2 min
Shark Girl By Kelly Bingham When Jane goes to the beach with her brother and mother one day before the new school year begins, she never in her wildest imagination thought she’d be losing her right arm to a shark. However, now faced with the…
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Contemporary Fiction)
May 2 • 3 min
The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen Jessica runs. That is who she is, how she thinks, what she does. On her way back from setting a league record for the 400-meter dash the team’s school bus gets into a crash. Jessica loses part of her…
Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser (Contemporary Fiction)
May 1 • 4 min
Kissing Doorknobs By Terry Spencer HesserAt first it just seemed like she worried a lot. Really a lot. But then she hears that old saying “step on a crack, and break your mother’s back.” And her life changes. She can’t step on a crack, because what…
Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch (Contemporary Fiction)
Apr 20 • 3 min
Waiting to Forget By Sheila Kelly Welch Waiting can be the hardest part, especially if you are waiting to find out if your younger sister will come out of her coma. T.J. can’t believe that his life has brought him to just such a place, after all the…
Struck By Deb Loughead (Fantasy)
Apr 9 • 4 min
Struck By Deb LougheadClaire has a lot to think about. She wants one of the lead roles in the play at school, she wants her mom and dad to officially call it quits, and she would love to finally understand Math! Plus, there is this guy at school,…
The Blood Guard by Carter Roy (Fantasy)
Apr 8 • 3 min
The Blood Guard by Carter RoyHow would you react to finding out your mom is part of a secret ancient sword wielding society called the Blood Guard sworn to protect a group of “pure” souls around the world, and she conveniently tells you this while you…
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Fantasy)
Apr 8 • 3 min
Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson LevineWhat happens when a gift becomes a curse? That is the life Ella leads after a fairy gives her the “gift” of obedience. The only problem is, this means Ella must obey a direct command. And if anyone finds out about…
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (Fantasy)
Apr 8 • 4 min
Forgive My Fins By Tera Lynn Childs Since deciding to live on land, Lily has been obsessed with Brody, a fantastic swimmer at her high school. Lily is a mermaid, so her obsession with someone who can swim well is understandable. Not only is Lily…
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman (Science Fiction)
Apr 3 • 3 min
The Dark Side of Nowhere By Neal Shusterman Boring….borriiinnnngggg. That is the only way Jason can describe his hometown of Billington. Borning. Nothing ever happened. Then one of his close friends’ diess of a burst appendix, and the school…
The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith
Mar 30 • 2 min
The Size of the Truth by Andrew SmithWhen Sam Abernathy was four years old, James Jenkins threw a ball up in the air so high that everyone playing the neighborhood game of SPUD ran really far – so far that Sam took that one extra step before the ball…
General Announcement from Books in the Middle Podcast
Mar 30 • 1 min
Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka (Nonfiction Memoir)
Mar 16 • 2 min
Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka (Nonfiction Memoir) Growing up one of 6 boys was plenty of fun for Jon. But he didn’t realize all those years ago what those fun days would mean when he was older. For example, lots of ideas for stories for children….
Three Days by Donna Jo Napoli (Contemporary Fiction)
Mar 16 • 4 min
Three Days By Donna Jo Napoli Jackie loves going on trips with her father around the world on business. When she goes with him on a trip to Italy her fun trip turns into a nightmare when her father dies and Jackie is abducted by people she thought…
Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen (Contemporary Fiction)
Mar 16 • 5 min
Jungle of Bones By Ben MikaelsenAfter his father died two years ago covering the conflict in Darfur as a photojournalist, Dylan can’t seem to connect with anyone or anything. He is hostile, angry, and just plain unpleasant to be around. One night he…
Left for Dead by Pete Nelson (Nonfiction)
Mar 15 • 7 min
Left for Dead by Pete Nelson One night watching the movie Jaws, Hunter asked his dad about the shark attacks mentioned on the men of the Indianapolis and finds out it did happen. Hunter begins researching what happened the night so many men went…
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. (Historical Fiction)
Mar 15 • 5 min
Between Shades of Gray By Ruta SepetysIt was a knock at the door and everything changed for Lina’s family. The Soviet secret police came and took Lina, her younger brother Jonas and her mother on an epic journey from the country of Lithuania across…
Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb (Nonfiction)
Mar 15 • 4 min
Nazi Hunters By Neal BascombAfter World War II and the Nuremberg Trials, not ALL the major Nazis were captured and tried. Some escaped justice for a time and some for all time. One major person of interest was Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi official who…
Soldier X by Don Wulffson (Historical Fiction)
Mar 15 • 5 min
Soldier X by Don Wulffson He never imagined he would be forced to fight at the age of 16. After all, he barely knows how to hold his gun, let alone shoot it. Yet Erik finds himself on the frontlines fighting for his country of Germany at a time…
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (Nonfiction)
Mar 15 • 5 min
Bomb: The Race to Build - and steal - the World’s most Dangerous Weapon By Steve SheinkinThis all started when it was discovered by a German physicist that a uranium atom could be split. It wasn’t thought possible at the time. That any atom could be…
Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai (Historical Fiction Novel in Verse)
Mar 15 • 3 min
Dust of Eden By Mariko NagaiAfter the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mina and her family are shocked when they, along with all other people of Japanese ancestry on the West coast, are rounded up, transported in cattle cars and sent to places far away from…
Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury (Historical Fiction)
Mar 13 • 2 min
Hunt for the Bamboo Rat By Graham SalisburyGrowing up in Honolulu in the late 1930s is a good life for Zenji. The only dark spot on his life is the fact his father was killed in an accident at Pearl Harbor before he was 10. It was hard growing up…
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (Contemporary Fiction)
Mar 9 • 3 min
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashely Herring BlakeIvy has felt like she’s been out of control for some time now. Ever since going into middle school, she feels like she isn’t sure what is up and what is down. All her friends want to talk about…
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde. (Fantasy)
Mar 2 • 4 min
Dragon’s Bait By Vivian Vande VeldeAccused of witchcraft by a jealous neighbor, Alys is left on a hillside as bait for the local “small” dragon causing havoc in nearby towns. Alys has just watched everyone she knew and loved be talked into believing…
Eddie’s War by Carol Fisher Saller (Historical Fiction Novel in Verse)
Feb 24 • 3 min
Eddie’s WarBy Carol Fisher Saller Eddie is a young boy when talk of a possible war begins. He sees his older brother, Thomas, think about what the coming war means to him and Eddie begins to realize all the fan fair hides some really serious…
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Science Fiction)
Feb 17 • 3 min
Double IdentityBy Margaret Peterson Haddix Lots of kids have overprotective parents, but Bethany’s parents take it to the extreme. As she gets closer and closer to her 13th birthday, her parents get more erratic in their behavior and finally end…
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Historical Fiction Novel in Verse)
Feb 10 • 2 min
Out of the Dust By Karen HesseBillie Jo’s dad wanted a boy, so he named her after one. But even though Billie Jo tries hard to gain her father’s love and approval, life during the Great Depression keeps getting worse. Living on a farm in the Great…
Strong Deaf by Lynn McElfresh (Contemporary Fiction)
Feb 3 • 3 min
Strong DeafBy Lynn McElfresh Sometimes what the outside world views as different is the norm for you, yet you can feel like an outsider in your own home. Such is the case for Jade. Jade can hear. Her sister, Marla, can’t. But Marla resents that…
Pod by Stephen Wallenfels (Science Fiction)
Jan 27 • 5 min
PODBy Stephen Wallenfels It seemed like a regular day, until the loud piercing noise and then all the lights zapping anyone outside, and cars everywhere. Josh can’t believe it when he sees the papergirl disappear before his very eyes. Meg knows…
The Way the Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen (Contemporary Novel in Verse)
Jan 20 • 2 min
The Way the Light Bends By Cordelia JensenWhen Linc and Holly were little, it seemed nothing could pull them apart. But, now that they are in high school, it feels like nothing can bring them back together. Linc struggles with school, while Holly…
The Enemy by Charlie Higson (Science Fiction/ Futuristic)
Jan 13 • 4 min
The Enemy By Charlie Higson Something horrible has happened. A disease or virus has infected all adults over the age of 16 and turned them into creatures that eat anything, including children. Kids all over England have banned together to…
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Fantasy)
Jan 6 • 6 min
Coldest Girl in ColdTown By Holly BlackWaking up after a sundown party in the tub in the bathroom, Tana struggles to recall what happened the night before. But when she opens up the door, she encounters a horrible scene. Vampires have clearly gotten…
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime By Trevor Noah (Nonfiction)
Dec 30, 2019 • 5 min
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime By Trevor NoahGrowing up in South Africa, Trevor didn’t realize it until he was older, but he was born a crime. His mother was black and his father was white, which made him, illegal. If his mother had been caught,…
Wild Bird By Wendelin Van Draanen . (Contemporary Fiction)
Dec 23, 2019 • 3 min
Wild Bird By Wendelin Van DraanenWren hates her name. Hates that her family moved to a new house, new town, new state. Hates her new school. Hates to make friends. Do you see a pattern here? Then, one morning in the middle of 9th grade, Wren gets a…
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Science Fiction)
Dec 16, 2019 • 4 min
Glow By Amy Kathleen RyanImagine being out in space, with no way of rescue. Kieran and Waverly are both teens on board the Emprean, a ship that left earth with the idea of colonizing another planet. A sister ship, the New Horizon, left a year before…
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (Novel in Verse Contemporary Fiction)
Dec 9, 2019 • 3 min
Other Words for Home by Jasmine WargaJude loves where she lives – by the coast with her mother, father and older brother Issa. The only thing she doesn’t love is the smell of fish some days! She loves looking at the fancy hotels that the tourists come…
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards (Historical Novel in Verse)
Dec 2, 2019 • 3 min
Three Rivers Rising By Jame RichardsHow can so many lives revolve around a man made dam? Such is the case for Peter and Celestia. They meet at the Fishing and Hunting Club, from different social circles and while they want to be together, it seems…
Hidden by Helen Frost (Contemporary Novel in Verse)
Nov 25, 2019 • 4 min
Hidden By Helen FrostWhen Wren is just eight years old, she is kidnapped when a robber steals her mom’s car and doesn’t know she is in the back seat. As soon as the robber takes the car to his house and goes inside, Wren hides in a boat in the…
Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald (Contemporary Fiction)
Nov 18, 2019 • 4 min
Game Changer By Tommy Greenwald It’s been all over the news - the dangers of football, but some people and kids think the risk is worth the reward. Yet as Teddy Youngblood lies in a coma, friends and family try to piece together what happened on the…
Up from the Sea by Leza Lowtiz (Historical Fiction Novel in Verse)
Nov 11, 2019 • 3 min
Up from the Sea By Leza LowtizKai has always struggled with his dual heritage - not all white and not all Japanese. Growing up in Japan with his mother, and grandparents, Kai doesn’t get why his father left when he was younger and went back to…
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (Contemporary Fiction Novel in Verse)
Nov 4, 2019 • 3 min
Garvey’s Choice By Nikki GrimesGarvey is struggling to connect with his father who only seems to want Garvey to do something athletic. But that is his older sister’s area of expertise. Garvey is more into music and reading than running around! It…
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington (Mystery/Suspense)
Oct 28, 2019 • 4 min
Liv, Forever By Amy TalkingtonAmazing things are on the horizon for Liv! She’s been accepted to an exclusive boarding school to pursue her passion for art and even though she knows she’ll be an outsider with this elite group of students, she doesn’t…
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Suspense Horror)
Oct 21, 2019 • 3 min
Anna Dressed in Blood By Kendare Blake His job is to kill ghosts, even though they are already dead. Cas and his mother travel all over tracking down spirits that don’t want to go quietly into the night. With the knife his father used to send…
Acceleration by Graham McNamee (Suspense)
Oct 14, 2019 • 4 min
Acceleration By Graham McNameeAfter Duncan isn’t able to save a drowning girl, his life begins to take a tailspin he isn’t sure how to pull out of. When his dead end summer job in the subways Lost and Found center becomes more than he bargained for…
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Contemporary Fiction)
Oct 7, 2019 • 2 min
We Were Liars By E. LockhartWhat happened? That is what circles around and around in Cadence’s mind. What happened the summer when she was 15, along with all the other liars? Something that left Cadence in the water, almost drown, and no one will talk…
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (Contemporary Fiction)
Sep 30, 2019 • 2 min
Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan MatsonWhat do you do when your best friend disappears…right before what was supposed to be the best summer of your life? Emily goes on a quick vacation with her family and upon her return sends message after message…
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Contemporary Tall Tale)
Sep 22, 2019 • 5 min
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Jeffery, or Maniac, as the people of Two Mills begin to call him, is an orphan who ran away from his aunt and uncle one day after a school concert. He is looking for a home and seems destined to come close, but…
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Historical Fiction)
Sep 16, 2019 • 3 min
Code Name Verity By Elizabeth WeinIt was a stupid, rookie mistake. Looking the wrong way for cars before crossing the street. That is how Queenie is taken prisoner by the Gestapo in France during WWII. She must write her story for the SS commander in…
After by Amy Efaw (Contemporary Fiction)
Sep 2, 2019 • 5 min
After By Amy EfawDevon had everything going for her. She was an awesome soccer player, great student, a good friend, more responsible than her own mother. So where did things go wrong? How could she be accused of attempted murder? Recommended for 8th…
Pop by Gordon Korman (Contemporary Fiction)
Sep 2, 2019 • 4 min
POP By Gordon KormanMoving to a new town is always hard, but it’s even harder when you are a quarterback trying to make a new team that was undefeated the season before. Add to that the current quarterback isn’t happy to see you and his ex-girlfriend…
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (Contemporary Fiction)
Sep 2, 2019 • 2 min
Orbiting Jupiter By Gary SchmidtWhen Jack sat down with his parents and Mrs. Stroud, from the State of Maine * Department of Health and Human Services, he knew his parents wanted to foster a teenager named Joseph. What he didn’t know was just how…
In Case You Missed It by Sarah Littman (Contemporary Fiction)
Aug 26, 2019 • 4 min
In Case You Missed It by Sarah LittmanSammy has the typical concerns. She’s worried about the four AP exams she’ll be taking in a few months, along with her driver’s license test and the SAT. PLUS, the prom is coming up, and she’s desperate for a…
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu (Contemporary Fiction)
Aug 19, 2019 • 5 min
Dirty Little Secrets By C. J. Omololu Ever have a secret so great; you just can’t even begin to think about telling anyone? Lucy lives with a huge secret. Her mother is a hoarder. Nothing ever gets thrown out, and now Lucy lives among towering…
The Swap by Megan Shull (Fantasy)
Aug 12, 2019 • 4 min
The Swap By Megan ShullEver just thought that someone else has it easier than you? Well, Ellie feels like her life is falling apart. Her oldest friend seems to have ditched her for someone new and she is being incredibly mean about it. Jack can’t…
Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli (Historical Fiction)
Aug 5, 2019 • 4 min
Stones In Water By Donna Jo NapoliBeing in Italy during the war wasn’t much fun, but things get deadly one afternoon in a movie theater when Roberto, his brother and friends get taken out by the Germans to work in labor camps. Roberto, and his close…
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (Historical Fiction)
Jul 29, 2019 • 4 min
The Woods Runner By Gary Paulsen In the woods, life in the far away cities seems so removed from Samuel and his family, living on the frontier in the colonies. However, all that changes one day when he is hunting in the woods. His parents’…
Starters by Lissa Price (Science Fiction - Futuristic)
Jul 22, 2019 • 5 min
Starters By Lissa Price Callie is considered a “starter” at the age of 16. In a time when humans can live to be two hundred years old, Callie is just starting her life. However, since the Spore Wars, there are no people in between the young…
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Science Fiction - Futuristic)
Jul 17, 2019 • 5 min
Tabula Rasa By Kristen Lippert-MartinSarah is in the process of having her mind erased. It is for her own good. Something happened in her past and she doesn’t want to remember it. At least that is what everyone at the hospital tells her. She is…
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe (Historical Fiction Novel in Verse)
Jul 3, 2019 • 3 min
Death Coming Up the Hill By Chris CroweAshe is used to living in a war zone. While it is clear both his parents love him to death, they don’t share the same affection for each other. Most of his life has been spent in a cold war situation. With the…
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen (Contemporary Fiction)
Jul 1, 2019 • 6 min
The Raft By S.A. Bodeen Robie wants to prove she is a competent teenager when her aunt has to leave her to go on a business trip. Not wanting to head back to be with her parents on Midway Atoll, Robie says she’ll be careful and a friend of her…
The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence (Contemporary Survival Fiction)
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
The Skeleton Tree By Iain Lawrence After his father died, Chris felt adrift. Not that he had been terribly close with his father. It always seemed complicated with his dad. His Uncle Jack thinks that Chris should come with him and take his boat and…
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Science Fiction)
Jun 3, 2019 • 3 min
The Adoration of Jenna Fox By Mary E. Pearson When Jenna awakes from a coma after an “accident” things feel off. She isn’t sure what is it, and parts of her memory are fragmented. Her parents tell her she will remember in time, but her…
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (Science Fiction - Futuristic)
May 12, 2019 • 4 min
Uninvited By Sophie Jordan Davy is living a pretty awesome life. She comes from a wealthy family, goes to a private school, has been accepted into Juilliard in New York because of her fabulous musical ability and has the best boyfriend a girl could…
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen (Fantasy)
Apr 28, 2019 • 7 min
Evil Librarian By Michael Knudsen So, Cyn -short for Cynthia- realizes that not much can penetrate her laser focus when Ryan is around (the guy she’s been majorly crushing on forEVER but doesn’t know she exists), but still, something is up when her…
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Fantasy)
Apr 28, 2019 • 4 min
The Hunt By Andrew Fukuda Sick of the sweet vampires in Twilight and the whole saga? Well, welcome to a world where vampires have taken over and the only humans living are called hepers and have to live in a special protected dome to keep the…
My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
My Brigadista Year by Katherine PatersonLora is thirteen years old when her country of Cuba undergoes a major political change. Fidel Castro comes to power after he, along with other rebels, overthrow the dictator Batista. One of the first things Castro…
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Historical Fiction and Novel in Verse)
Mar 31, 2019 • 5 min
Inside Out & Back Again By Thanhha Lai With her father missing for years, Ha’s mother must make a decision as the Vietnam War begins to end. Should she try to escape with her family, or wait in Vietnam? Ha’s life changes quickly when she flees…
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson Isabel thinks her life is going to change with the death of her mistress. She believes she will finally be free and so will her younger sister Ruth. However, when the nephew of her dead mistress comes to claim all she…
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 5 min
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. SchmidtHolling Hoodhood (yeah that seriously is his name) is already struggling with 7th grade. The year is 1967 and he knows that his teacher, Mrs. Baker doesn’t like him. In fact, there are days when he thinks she’s…
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Growing up in the south in Mississippi during the Great Depression was not easy for anyone, but it was especially hard for Cassie’s family. Her family must deal with the racism that pervades the…
Call of the Wild by Jack London (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
Call of the Wild by Jack LondonBuck is the master of his domain, the king of his castle, and an amazing dog living an amazing life. Until one day he is kidnapped and forced north due to the Klondike gold rush sweeping the nation. There his life will…
One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 3 min
One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia They didn’t really remember their mother, since she’d left so many years ago. So when their dad sends them off to San Francisco to get to know their mom, Delphine has her reservations. After all, she…
Watsons Go To Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 3 min
The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 By Christopher Paul CurtisWhat happens when you older brother keeps getting into trouble, and your parents have relatives in Birmingham, Alabama who can straighten him out? Kenny can’t believe all the trouble his…
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 6 min
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe Dita is fourteen and living in Family Block 31 in Auschwitz in 1944. What made this block unusal is that families were kept together in the same area. Men and women were still separated, but they could…
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 5 min
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys As World War II is ending, Germany is losing ground to the Russians and many civilians are being caught in the crossfire. As a result, many are fleeing and find themselves at the coast along the Baltic Sea. In order…
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan Esperanza’s life it torn apart after her father is killed and she and her mother must flee from Mexico with little money. Esperanza was used to a life of plenty, but suddenly she is thrown into a new world in…
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson (Historical Fiction)
Mar 31, 2019 • 5 min
Lyddie by Katherine PatersonLyddie is living with her younger siblings in the country in the 1840s when her father decides to leave the family and go in search of fortune elsewhere. While Lyddie and her brother hold onto the hope that their father will…
American Ace by Marilyn Nelson (Novel in Verse)
Mar 10, 2019 • 4 min
American Ace By Marilyn Nelson Connor understands that his father is very depressed after the death of his mom. What he doesn’t realize is that his dad is thinking about a lot of things. It turns out that when his mother died, she left him with…
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Contemporary Fiction)
Mar 10, 2019 • 5 min
Ghost By Jason Reynolds Ghost, or Castle as his mom calls him, feels that he’s been running for some time. It all started one night when his dad got out of control and tried to shoot him and his mother. Since then it feels like he just can’t take a…
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (Novel in Verse)
Mar 3, 2019 • 4 min
Sound of Letting Go By Stasia Ward Kehoe Daisy feels like she is strangling under the pressure from everyone to keep up the facade of being the “perfect girl.” She needs to be that, because without it, she believes her family will fall apart. Her…
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder (Novel in Verse)
Feb 18, 2019 • 2 min
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder What if you had one day? One day to do what you wanted before life as you knew it would change forever? What would you choose to do with it? Amber has one day for herself before things will never be the same. She packs a…
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Historical Fiction)
Feb 18, 2019 • 6 min
A Northern Light By Jennifer Donnelly Mattie is looking for a way out, but can’t see one. All she sees is her life is hard work taking care of her father and the farm and her younger siblings. She wants to go to college, but that seems like a far off…
After the Death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields (Novel in Verse)
Feb 18, 2019 • 2 min
After the Death of Anna Gonzales By Terri FieldsWhen students arrive at school to hear on the morning announcements one of the students has committed suicide, the reactions of teachers and classmates range from despair to barely registering the tragedy….
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (Historical Fiction)
Feb 3, 2019 • 6 min
A Long Way from Chicago By Richard Peck When Joey and his sister Mary Alice find out they have to spend a week at their grandmother’s place, far away from Chicago, they don’t want to go. What will they do to be entertained? But they are the ones who are…
Leon’s Story By Leon Tillage (Nonfiction)
Jan 28, 2019 • 3 min
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Warrior’s Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals (Nonfiction)
Jan 28, 2019 • 6 min
Warriors Don’t Cry By Melba Pattillo Beals As a teenager everyone wants to fit in. Melba did not stand a chance of that happening as one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High in 1957. With a guard posted to make sure Melba…
The Terrorist By Caroline B. Cooney
Jan 21, 2019 • 3 min
The Terrorist By Caroline B. CooneyLaura and her younger brother Billy are trying to adjust to life in London when their father is assigned there for work. However, when Billy gets killed, Laura’s life takes on a new focus and meaning; finding…
Pieces of Why By K. L. Going
Dec 16, 2018 • 4 min
Tia never knew her father, or at least she doesn’t have memories of him. That is because he was sentenced to life in prison when she was only four years old. Her mother won’t talk about him and basically tells Tia to forget about him – that for all…
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Dec 16, 2018 • 2 min
Josh and Jordan are identical twins. Both take after their father, and are fantastic basketball players. However, not everything is perfect in their world. Pressure is mounting on them to step up their games, and now Josh is feeling distance from his…
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Dec 9, 2018 • 5 min
When Travis and his sister head to their grandmother’s Bed and Breakfast for the summer, they think it will be boring. That is until they learn the inn is listed as haunted. Their grandmother doesn’t believe it is, so Travis and Corey decide to make it…
Surrounded By Sharks by Michael Northrop
Dec 9, 2018 • 4 min
So the vacation isn’t starting off the way he, Davey, is hoping or imagining it would. Even though they are in “paradise,” Davey is stuck in a room with his parents and younger, obnoxious brother and, well, the room is getting pretty funky. So why not…
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
Dec 2, 2018 • 4 min
Maud lives in an orphanage and sees no hope of being adopted, until two old sisters come asking for a clever girl. At first Maud can’t believe her good luck. However, over time, she realizes the Hawthorne sisters want her to play a part, a very…
Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz
Dec 2, 2018 • 4 min
Summer is stretching out in front of Nina as one long event, with not a lot going on to break it up. Her parents are super consumed with a big trail case they are preparing for, her older brother Matt is getting ready to head off to college by pulling…
Worst Class Trip Ever By Dave Barry
Nov 23, 2018 • 5 min
One real reason that Wyatt Palmer was looking forward to his 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C.? Yeah, nothing to do with Washington or the sights. It has everything to do with the girl of his dreams, Suzana. Even though she has a boyfriend, he…
Overboard by Elizabeth Fama
Nov 23, 2018 • 6 min
Emily was sick and tired of waiting around for her parents to stop playing heroes. She just wanted to go home; back to America and all the things she was missing. So when she hears her Uncle is visiting, she sees her chance to go back home. Only the…
Trell By Dick Lehr
Nov 23, 2018 • 3 min
Each Saturday like clockwork, Trell and her mother Shey head to Walpole to visit Trell’s father who is incarcerated for the murder of a young girl. He has no possibility of parole. He will live the rest of his life in prison. However, he says he didn’t…
Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
Nov 23, 2018 • 4 min
When Socko (short for Socrates) is told by his mother they are moving out of the only home he can remember to take care of a great-grandfather he’s never met, he wants no part of it. Not that things are great where Socko lives. He and his best friend…
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Novel in Verse)
Nov 23, 2018 • 2 min
It has happened again. Someone close to him has been taken, by violence. Gun violence. Will knows what he has to do. After all, there are rules that have to be followed. For example, no matter how you are really feeling, you can’t cry. You can’t snitch…
Full Cicada Moon By Marilyn Hilton (Novel in Verse and Historical Fiction)
Nov 23, 2018 • 3 min
When her family moves across the country for her father’s new job, Mimi has no idea what to expect. What she finds are people that keep asking “what are you?” Not the most welcoming question to ask a person. She knows she looks different, but that…
Taken by Norah McClintock
Nov 23, 2018 • 3 min
There is a killer on the loose. Two girls that look like Stephanie have disappeared, but Stephanie still decides to walk home by herself one Saturday night in early fall. When Stephanie is kidnapped, she can’t believe it, and she must use all her…
Girl, Stolen By April Henry
Nov 23, 2018 • 4 min
Cheyenne was sick. So sick that she convinced her stepmother to leave the keys in the car while she ran into the pharmacy to get Cheyenne’s medicine in case she needed to warm up the car. Lying in the backseat she realizes, even as sick as she is,…
Backlash by Sarah Littman
Nov 23, 2018 • 4 min
Backlash By Sarah Darer Littman It was hard to say why they had grown apart, at least Lara didn’t know why her once best friend, Bree, decided to pull away. But Lara was moving on and in fact, had gotten a spot on the high school cheer leading team,…