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Middle School News & Reviews - Page 2 of 8

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Symposium

Early in November, I was fortunate to attend the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Symposium! It was my first time in Reno, Nevada, where it was held.    Here are some of the sessions I attended. Pleasure Reading for English Language Learners - Finding ways to help students where English is their second language… Read More

The Rules of Never: A Middle School Survival Guide by Phil Adam 

Phil Abrams wants what any sixth-grade boy wants: Fit in with classmates. Get along with teachers. Stay out of trouble. Play by the rules. In short, survive his first year of middle school. No such luck. Instead, from day one, Phil is plunged into a wacky whirlwind of wrestling matches, stuck zippers, exploding chili, errant spitballs, sagging… Read More

Cross Ups by Sylv Chiang, Art by Connie Choi 

The Glen Ellyn Public Library has books 1 – 3!    Book One: Tournament Trouble Twelve-year-old Jaden loves to play his favorite video game Cross Ups but has to hide his gaming from his unapproving mom. When an epic match wins him a chance to play in a tournament, Jaden and his friend Devesh hatch a plan to… Read More

Energy please!

Does a long day of school leave you drained? Looking back at my middle school days more than 30 years ago, all the learning and processing new information was taxing. After school at times, I would do an extracurricular activity - and I can’t forget homework.  Yikes! Somehow, I got through it, and you can… Read More

Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

In the eerie town of ‘Allows, some people get to be magical sorceresses, while other people have their spirits trapped in the mall for all ghastly eternity. Then there’s twelve-year-old goblin-witch Beetle, who’s caught in between. She’d rather skip being homeschooled completely and spend time with her best friend, Blob Glost. But the mall is… Read More

Middle School Marvels: Jaida

What's your Name? Jaida What grade are you in? 6th What is your favorite or least favorite food? Hmmm... Mac and Cheese or Dumplings What's a book, movie, or TV show that you recommend? Definitely Teen Wolf! Great story! If you could have any pet, what would it be? Hmmm... a Pegasus! What would you… Read More


If the work gets done, that’s what counts, right?  But we know the cons – staying up all night, stressing out, and the work completed is not the best.  The sooner you get the work done, the sooner you can go play that video game, read that book, or shoot some hoops with friends. Did… Read More

Write a Review!

We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions about books, movies, TV Shows, Video Games, and Music! It only takes a few minutes to write a review!… Read More

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac 

Malian was visiting her grandparents on the reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Now she's staying there, away from her parents and her school in Boston. Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but on the reservation, everyone protects each other, from Malian caring for her grandparents to the local dog, Malsum, guarding their house. They always… Read More

Back to School

Another school year, and it’ll be a good one! Here are some helpful tips to start the school year. right and stay strong Create a daily routine. Whether in person or virtual, it’s important to create a daily routine for the school week. An “early to bed, early to rise” routine along with a consistent… Read More

The Middle is Open!

The Middle has re-opened with guidelines to make sure that everyone can have fun and be safe. What can you do in The Middle? Meet up with friends, play board, card, and video games, use art cart supplies, and check out Tom's reading recommendations specifically for middle school students. If you're in 6th, 7th, or… Read More

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