Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick won ALA's Printz Award for excellence in young adult writing, and I can see why. I really enjoyed this book's plot that needed to be pieced together from vignettes that stretched from a futuristic 2073 back to the vampires of the twelfth century and the Norse kings of ancient days. The Island of the Blessed is a mysterious island in northern Scandinavia where the inhabitants have developed the secret to longevity. Their insulated island life is mystery that entwines two lives throughout the centuries. Marcus Sedgwick hadn't come to my attention before I read this book; now I need to go back and check out his Printz Honor book Revolver.
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!