Best Practice for Middle School Libraries - Connecting Middle Schoolers and the School Library

Recommended Books for Reading Discussion Groups: (discussed on ISLMANET April 2009)
Boy-centered books =
Girl-centered books =
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
by Wendy Mass
Red Kayak
by Priscilla Cummings
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
by Linda Urban
(from Connie Workman, V.I.T. CUSD #2, Table Grove, IL)

Highland Middle School Book Club Page - (from Erin Wyatt Highland Middle School Libertyville, IL)
This link will take you to current year book selections for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade book clubs as well as a link to selections from previous school years.

6th grade
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonneblick
Heat by Mike Lupica
Shug by Jenny Han
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
7/8 Girls

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Perfect by Natasha Friend
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
7/8 Boys

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Gym Candy by Carl Deukker
Slam by Walter Dean Myers
Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
(from Jessica Zindell)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi
(from Pat Mathews, Dr. Howard School, Champaign, IL)

So B. It
by Sarah Weeks
All-American Girl
by Meg Cabot
Finding Miracles
by Julia Alvarez
Diary of a Wimpy
Kid by Jeff Kinney
Things Not Seen
by Andrew Clements
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
(from Kelly Wood, District 58, Downers Grove, IL)

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan (first in the series of 12)

- Life as We Knew It (girl's rural viewpoint) and the dead & the gone (boy's NYC viewpoint) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Read one at a time or have members in the group choose which one appeals to them and then compare and contrast!
- Elephant Run by Roland Smith
- Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
- The Secret Hour by Scott Westefeld (first book in a series of three called The Midnighters)
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (our bookclub was also known as the Scott Westerfeld Fan Club for a few months!)
- Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(from Tracy Voels, Algonquin Middle School, Algonquin, IL)

Here's a link to
Roselle Middle School's
book club titles from the past 6 years. All are for grades 6-8. Excuse the crazy URL! :)
(from Carrie DeForest, NBCT, Roselle Middle School, Roselle, IL)