Always on the Run
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
1M ago
Poppy and her family are on the run, from something, or someone? Maybe the police? Poppy honestly doesn’t know. She’s never known. All she does know is she and her family have been running since, well, forever. Her whole life at least. So when they pack up and leave again, while it isn’t great, she isn’t surprised. Just surprised that she keeps making the mistake of thinking her life could be a bit normal, if just for long enough to graduate from high school. But this latest move, things are different. Her mom especially seems different. The house is different and Poppy realizes that if she is ..read more
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World Gets Flipped
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
1M ago
For the longest time, Trev looked up to his stepdad. He seemed to have the answers and so, Trev respected that. Until the day that his stepdad hits Trev’s mom. At that point, Trev feels he can’t believe what his stepdad always told him. And he is scared, because his stepdad said he would get Trev’s mom for calling the police on him and getting him locked up. His stepdad always told him to use his hands to settle a problem. Problem is, Trev doesn’t think he can take on his stepdad when he gets out, and he is getting out soon. So, Trev begins to work out, and looks to find someone who can train ..read more
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No Internet
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
1M ago
Simon is thrilled to be moving to a place in the United States with no internet, or cell phones, or computers or even….microwaves! Yup, nothing like that. He and his parents have moved to the National Quiet Zone which is where there are a ton of radio telescopes. These telescopes listen in on outer space and can’t have anything interfere with that. Which makes it the perfect place for Simon and his family, because Simon doesn’t want anyone to know what happened to him, two years before. And he knows no one can find him if the internet isn’t there! What Simon isn’t expecting though, is on his f ..read more
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Into the Woods They Went
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
2M ago
Five teens went into the woods for an overnight camping experience. But it turns out, one of them has an agenda that hasn’t been shared. The night ends in terror for all of them, and a possible death for one of them. As the four who make it out of the woods begin to tell their story to law enforcement, some of what they say matches, and some of it takes a turn. Petra wants her best friend Maylee to be found. Nolan – Petra’s stepbrother – didn’t even want to go on the trip until he found out he might be able to actually locate a Bigfoot. John was thinking he would just get to spend some time wi ..read more
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When It is One Big Thing
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
3M ago
Every Sunday, Marlene dreads going to the salon. Like, dreads it. Hates it. But, she knows it makes her mother happy. But what is really wrong with Marlene’s hair the way it is, naturally? Marlene decides that enough is enough and she wants to find out what her hair would look like if she just let it be! All of this happens after a party for her cousin (who has the PERFECT hair) brings home just how much everyone in Marlene’s family base things on looks. Especially about how the women’s hair looks. However, when Marlene tries to do things her way, she meets with some disastrous results and it ..read more
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Starts with a Walk
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
3M ago
Class can be boring, or interesting, depending on what comes out of Hoodie’s (yes, like the sweatshirt) friend’s mouth. Because his best friend, Moshe Tzvi could make some interesting arguments with the Rabbi during halacha class where they were all learning about Jewish law. But on this particular day, Hoodie was more interested in the girl who was dancing outside the window of his school. Clearly, the girl was not an Orthodox Jewish girl, the only kind that Hoodie was supposed to notice, if he noticed any girls at all, which he also wasn’t supposed to do. Still, something about the girl was ..read more
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When the Street is On Fire
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
4M ago
For Sage, she understands it is bad, that the area around where she lives, is burning. It feels real, and unreal all at the same time. She hears the sirens, she sees the firetrucks and the burned out shells of former homes, but still, she carries on. So does her mom, even though her mom starts talking about moving from the only home Sage has ever known. How can her mom even talk about leaving the house that Sage’s dad grew up in? With her father is gone, the house feels like one solid connection she still has left with him. The summer is filled with old and new. She meets a new friend, who is ..read more
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How to Get Out
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
4M ago
Tre feels trapped in some ways. Trapped by the shadow of his older brother, Jaxon, trapped by the pressure of reservation life, and trapped by his own expectations. After all, when you live in a place where everyone tells the story of how your father was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play at the Red Lake Indian Reservation high school, and has the stats and the banners hanging in the school to prove it, things can be a bit overwhelming. Especially when all Tre was interested in for years were comic books and video games. But when he started to get into basketball, it was his o ..read more
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The Beat Goes On
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
4M ago
April thinks her life is about to change in a good way. She has decided that she MUST pursue her love of drumming, even though some of her past lesson teachers have not be so supportive. That is okay, because her best friend, Zee, and his dad, are. Even if her mom likes things to be super quiet and calm, April knows she can count on her music loving friend and neighbor to pull her along. After all, Zee and his dad get it. Zee is a musical prodigy on the violin and has even gotten into a fancy music school to start the school year. While April misses having him in her life each day at school, s ..read more
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Play On
Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School » Realistic Fiction
by oneilllibrary
7M ago
When is it more about the play than the player? Is it ever okay to play injured for the sake of the win? Just that one game? Alfie is hoping to be a sports journalist and reporter some day, and she’s getting lots of practice in her middle school with her radio program and the school newspaper. She pays attention to the details and she noticed one of the players from the cross town rival team might be limping a bit in the big opening game of the season. And her sharp eyes aren’t wrong. But her reporting opens up a whole lot more than just a player playing hurt. Walthorne North and South schools ..read more
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