8th Grade Reluctant Reader-Realistic Fiction-Mostly!
Annotation:This book was first thrust into my hands by a middle school boy who insisted I read it. Since then I've shared it with many other young fans. This author has several books, all of them about young men in trouble trying to figure out how to survive their circumstances. This story is about two boys who commit a crime...and who shoulders the consequences for that.
Annotation:I haven't read much Matt de la Pena, but I hear from high school students that really think he is great. Again, the theme of his books are young men in difficult circumstances, and often tackles issues around racism.
Annotation:This is an older book-but one that a lot of teens tell me they like. It really makes you think twice about the role of bullying and anger management.
Annotation:Could you survive the worst snow storm in North America trapped in your school? Leadership, sacrifice, bravery, wits are required for survival, and not everyone survives.
Annotation:Definitely a book filled with issues-growing up in poverty, bullying, and being different. But also a story that is full of humor. I love the cartoon illustrations.
Annotation:This is a sci fi book that has been popular about a group of teens trying to escape a maze. If your reader likes this one there are a ton of other series that will probably appeal like Unwind, Found, I am Number Four and Among the Hidden.