NEW BOOKS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer, tells the true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials and mass hysteria that turned an illness originally affecting two children into a witch hunt that ruined hundreds of lives in 17th century Salem. This chilling and fascinating book has won many awards including School Library Journel’s Best Books of 2011.
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher is a complex and luminous story. Isla is devastated when her father suffers a heart attack, especially as they were chasing a flock of swans together when it happened. During heart-wrenching hospital visits to her father, Isla meets and befriends a boy, Harry, in the cancer ward who listens and doesn’t laugh at her love of birds. How will Isla deal with the feelings she develops for this boy and her father’s illness? Will saving a lone swan she sees behind the hospital magically make both her father and Harry well again?
Shelby has to move to the Louisiana bayou to live with her mother and is teased by all her new classmates. Finally she finds a friend in Gwen, a mysterious girl who lives all alone on the bayou. But Shelby can’t help wondering if her new friend has something to do with the messages she finds hidden behind her house. And why does Gwen seem to have no parents? Circle of Secrets by Kimberly Griffiths Little is sure to haunt you for a long time….
Growing up, changing, looking for love: all can be funny, embarrassing and complicated. Until an accident reminds Joylin of what really matters and who her real friends are. Check out Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes–a story in verse.