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Looking for booktalks for middle school students? Look no farther than this podcast. Browse through the many titles in all different genres for just the right title to get your students inspired, excited and racing to the library for a copy of the book. Looking for written reviews for more titles? Check out the blog Booksinthemiddle.Wordpress.com to expand your own library and give students more options. New episodes typically release every Monday, however during the summer months, they will release every other week or so. Enjoy!

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Looking for booktalks for middle school students? Look no farther than this podcast. Browse through the many titles in all different genres for just the right title to get your students inspired, excited and racing to the library for a copy of the book. Looking for written reviews for more titles? Check out the blog Booksinthemiddle.Wordpress.com to expand your own library and give students more options. New episodes typically release every Monday, however during the summer months, they will release every other week or so. Enjoy!

    A Pho Love Story by Loan Le (Contemporary)

    A Pho Love Story by Loan Le (Contemporary)

    A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

    Both Bao and Linh are the children of Vietnamese immigrants. Both of their parents' own a Pho restaurant and are in stiff competition with each other. That means they don't want Bao  and Linh associating with each other, even though they go to the same high school. One night though, Bao sees Linh, utterly dejected, sitting in the alley behind her parents' restaurant and does what no one has done before. He crossed the street and offers to help her. That one small act turns into many more and it soon become clear, there is more keeping Bao and Linh's families apart than just the restaurants!

    Recommended for grades 7 and up. 

    • 3 min
    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Mystery)

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Mystery)

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Stevie can’t wait to get away from her parents – parents who don’t share the same beliefs that she does. They work for a Senator that Stevie can’t stand. So when she finds out about an old Cold Case – a murder that hasn’t really ever been solved, and it is at a school – she decides she has nothing to lose and applies to it. However, Ellingham Academy is filled with students who are exceptional in some way. And Stevie isn’t sure how she made it in. Other than the fact that she is pretty obsessed with the Ellingham murders.
    As she meets her house mates, two other girls and three boys, she wonders if she’ll end up being true friends with any of them. Luckily, she was able to chat with two of them over the summer leading up to their arrival at the school, but still. As the school year gets underway, Stevie is fascinated to be at the place where the murders happened – or at least the kidnappings. She decides to make it her school project to solve the murders. But deciding something and doing it are two different things entirely!

    Recommended for grades 8 and up. 

    • 3 min
    Trash by Andy Mulligan (Mystery)

    Trash by Andy Mulligan (Mystery)

    Trash by Andy Mulligan

    One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, or at least a nice sized chicken! That is all Raphael thinks when he finds a leather bag, map, key and some eleven hundred pesos in Trash by Andy Mulligan. And that means enough for a nice chicken for a dump boy and some of his relatives and friends in the Behala dump site. But when police come swarming over the dump site that night asking if any of the trash pickers have found anything of “interest” Raphael and his friend Gardo realize quickly this was no ordinary bag. And so in order to find out why the police are so interested in this bag, the boys will risk their very lives to put an old wrong right, and in the process help themselves a bit too.

    Recommended for 7th grade and up due to some violence. 

    • 4 min
    Chirp by Kate Messner (Contemporary and Mystery Fiction)

    Chirp by Kate Messner (Contemporary and Mystery Fiction)

    Chirp by Kate Messner

    Mia's family is moving back to the place she grew up in Vermont, after having lived in Boston for a few years. Mia is happy to leave Boston and its painful memories behind.  She's just happy she gets to be back with her Gram again and helping her with the business she runs. Mia's mom though, wants Mia to be "involved" this summer and that means Mia can't just park herself in front of the television and watch all the seasons of her favorite shows. What she doesn't expect is to find two really awesome camps and a Gram who is convinced someone is trying to take down her business.

    Recommended for grades 6 and up. 

    • 4 min
    Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Science Fiction)

    Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Science Fiction)

    Under the Never Sky    By Veronica Rossi
    Her life had been pretty predictable up to this point. Aria had her close group of friends, her mother, Luna, and well, the Realms. Life in the Realms made everything seem fine. Until her mother has to leave their pod and go to another settlement called Bliss to do her research, leaving Aria behind. Still, not the end of the world, until contact is lost to Bliss. In an effort to find out what has happened to her mother, Aria befriends the son of the Head of Security, Soren, thinking he must know something. However, things go very wrong when Soren decides to break into a part of their pod that hasn’t been used for years. He and some of the boys start a fire and then attack Aria and her friend Paisley. Out of the burning night a person appears, an outsider, who rescues Aria from Soren’s attack.
    Recommended for mature 8th graders and up. 

    • 4 min
    Ink by Alice Broadway (Fantasy)

    Ink by Alice Broadway (Fantasy)

    Ink by Alice Broadway

    Leora and her mother have just had to say goodbye to her father and husband forever. He has just died. Now they both wait for the moment when they can bring him home, after the Weighing of the Souls ceremony. They won’t bury him, they will instead bring home his “skin book.” Everyone, after they die, has their skin removed and bound into a book. This book will then stay with the family forever. After all, everyone’s story is on their skin. For every important event in a person’s life, in Leora’s world, people get tattoos. Everyone’s story is there for everyone to read, on their skin.
    For as long as she can remember, she has wanted to be an inker – the one who puts tattoos on people. But with her father’s passing, life seems to not be so simple anymore. And when something happens that appears to put her father’s soul in danger at the ceremony to come, Leora is beginning to wonder if there is really anyone she can trust.
     Recommended for grades 7 and up.

    • 3 min

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