The main character of Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson is named "Cuckoo" Clarke...that and the fact that this novel is written by James Patterson should be enough to intrigue anyone. The book is a warm-hearted look at a young girl who is undergoing some very difficult events, but she decides to take the lemons that life has given her and make lemonade. She's determined to transform her school with "Operation Happiness." If you're a girl who has ever been labelled or felt like a misfit, this may be a book you will enjoy. It was cheerful and light with humorous illustrations.
Charlie, the captain of the basketball team, and Nate, president of the robotics club, have been best friends since their parents forced them to have a playdate as boys. Charlie finds himself in the middle of an argument between Nate and his ex-girlfriend, the head cheerleader. When Nate tries to solve their problem, "nothing could possibly go wrong", right???
This graphic novel was an enjoyable look at what happens when different cliques in school battle but eventually pool their resources. A preview of the graphic novel as well as some clever alternative endings are available at the authors' website.
Mrs. Carlino: librarian, technology teacher, intrepid reader, armchair (and real when I can swing it) traveler, vegetable gardener, and outdoor lover!
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Other lists of great reads:
A .pdf File from the MA Department of Eduction that outlines suggested reading for grade level. The authors that will help you be "well-read":
I found this nice list of classics for middle schoolers thanks to a teacher in New York. Thanks to Mr. Shapiro wherever you are!