Twice a year, in the fall and spring, I do booktalks at a nearby middle school. This year I started visiting another middle school and their excitement about the books I brought was just thrilling! I have been doing this for three years now, and usually every time I end up with at least one or two duds in the group of books I bring. This spring was the first time there were kids wanting to read all ten books. There were no duds!
These are the books I shared with around 300 seventh and eighth grade students this month:
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose*
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
The Siren by Kiera Cass*
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman*
A week later, I am still having kids coming in and asking for these books! They are all great picks for middle school kids.