I spy Middle School Fiction

Check these middle school fiction books out!

Middle school is full of challenges.

Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it’s all worth it. . . .

Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri’s heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah—as well as over the course of the big day itself.

Cliques. Crushes. Comics. Middle school.

Ever since Tyler started getting into art and hanging out with Emmie, his friends and teammates have been giving him a hard time. He wonders why can’t he nerd out on drawing and play ball?

Emmie is psyched that she gets to work on a comics project with her crush, Tyler. But she gets the feeling that his friends don’t think she’s cool enough. Maybe it’s time for a total reinvention. . . .

This is the story of two totally different girls—
quiet, shy, artistic Emmie
popular, outgoing, athletic Katie
—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. . . .

All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary novel.

Middle school is all about labels.

Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done.

Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club.

The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school…

The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are.

Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back . . . right?

Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered .

I spy Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are awesome!
Wish there were more of these when I was a kid.
Check these out.

Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She’s sweet, geeky, and creative, but it’s hard for her to make friends and connect with other people, and her depression seems to take on a vivid, concrete form. She calls it her Matter. 
 
The Matter seems to be everywhere, telling Mona she’s not good enough and that everyone around her wishes she’d go away. But with therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand her Matter and how she can turn her fears into strengths. 
 
Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starris a story about battling your inner doubts and fears—and finding your creative genius.

Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have taken their toll and a catastrophic ankle injury now means one terrible thing: she has to give it all up forever. Distraught beyond consolation, Miriam runs from the studio and discovers a secret room she’s never seen before. Inside she finds a pair of gleaming white and gold slippers and a mysterious voice whispering to her in the dark. If she tries on the slippers, it says, she’ll regain the strength to raise en pointe. It speaks the truth!

Soon, Miriam is back, but each achievement means danger for everyone around her and negotiation with the spirit who claims it wants just one little harmless thing in return . . . to join the ballerinas and dance, just like her.

The Super-Secret Spy Service’s mission is to keep the world safe from maniacal villains. And Agent 9 is one of its best operatives. Although Nine always manages to complete the mission, there is occasionally some collateral damage (like the priceless Pigasso painting that was destroyed while foiling an art heist). So Agent 9 is now on probation.

But when bumbling supervillain King Crab manages to overtake S4 headquarters, there is no one else to turn to. Nine—along with a robotic partner named FiN—is all that stands between King Crab and his diabolical plans to melt the polar ice caps and build a massive water park. Can Agent 9 prove to be the right cat for the job by overcoming impulsive behavior and saving the world from a complete flood-a-geddon?

Well That Was Awkard

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Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 – 6
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (February 27, 2018)

Gracie has never felt like this before.  One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything—and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.

 But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.

It’s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying.

Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and  finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

 

So I saw this book on the cart and picked it up reading what it was all about.  I thought to myself this could be a book that I would have read if I was in middle school.  (If we go back in time I was mostly into ghost stories and vampires and historical books…I still read those!  Anyways…)    I thought this book might help middle age kids understand that everyone tries.  We all are trying in life and doing the best we can.   

Perhaps someone out there will read this book!  Maybe I should put this in my to read pile. I do like the title and the book cover is eye catching!  It’s modern and hip in  way.    Let me know what you think of this book. 

Tell Me Who Review



Disclaimer: I checked this book out from the library to read to give it an honest opinion!



Tell Me Who

Author: Jessica Wollman
Hardcover
Pages: 224
Published January 22, 2009
Dutton Juvenille


Want to know the name of your future spouse? Try tarot cards, Ouija boards, or . . . the Who-Meter! When Molly and her best friend, Tanna, discover an antique machine that reveals their future husbands, news spreads fast! Now every kid in their class is lining up for an appointment. Knowing the future is fun at fi rst, but when things get sticky, Molly wonders if the unknown is preferable to discovering too much too soon. This fast and fun novel is perfect for Valentine’s Day and everyone who has ever wished for a glimpse into the future?

My Take
I saw this book at the library and figured to give it a go. It’s geared towards tweens! The cover caught my attention while browsing about at the library.

Anyways, a girl named Molly is a 6th grader and her life isn’t so great. Her father is remarrying to someone who she is not fond of at all. Molly tells her friend Tanna and they try to come up with a plan to stop her from marrying Molly’s dad.

Somehow Molly and Tanna ends up finding a antique machine that reveals future partners in marriage! Tanna sees it as a way to make some money and let others know who they’d marry. Molly on the other hand does not really agree with Tanna’s ideas but goes along with it for a bit. Then drama breaks loose. People change and think a bit differently. Molly seems to stay true to who she is!

This book was cute, fun and quick to read. There were some unexpected surprises in the book as well. I think this book was geared mostly towards friendship, drama, family and that communication is important! If this book was around when I was a tween I’d be reading it! So go to your local library or bookstore to see if this book is around!


Story: B
Cover:B

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