Middle School novel recommendations..?

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  1. CDOR79

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    Hi all,

    I was wondering if anyone had any great recommendations for the next novel I plan on reading with my students. I need one for my 7th graders and one for my 8th graders. If there was ONE you think might work for both, that would be even better! Lol. I’d like to have it be more current/modern that the students can really relate to.

    I’ve been doing my research but there hasn’t been any that I’ve found that really convinced me yet. Plus there’s SO many, it’s hard to choose! Just thought I’d reach out to everyone on here.

    Thanks so much!
     
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  3. a2z

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    Do you have any ideas? What have you eliminated and why?

    Your question is way to vague for any suggestions to be more than throwing darts blindfolded after being turned around in circles by someone who will will the bet if you miss the board.
     
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    Well, we just finished “Night” and “Of Mice and Men” so I’d like to do something a little “lighter” and positive.

    I’d also like to do a book that the students could perhaps relate to on a personal level.

    A2z- do you teach ELA?
     
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    What have you eliminated and why?
     
  6. showmelady

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    Not exactly heavy reading, but I recently gave a copy of "Down The Long Hills" by Louis L'Amour. to a middle schooler who wanted something easy to read, and he loved it.
     
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    The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt -about a 7th grader over 1968-69 year which shows a lot of history such as Vietnam and MLK and Robert Kennedy assassination. Very entertaining, funny in many parts. Was runner up for Newberry Award.

    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie--very well written, funny, yet touching story of an 8th grader who thinks he knows what he wants until he finds out his Kindergarten brother has cancer.

    Schooled by Gordon Korman

    Those all are real page turners that they are sure to enjoy. They are great for class discussion with good lessons within the book.
     
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    What about Little Women?
     

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