2016 RI Teen Book Award Nominee
This is a book that every teenage girl should read. Really, every teenager, but I can see why a boy may not want to be caught with a powder blue book with a paper doll on the front. The thing that I like the most about this book is that it was written by a middle school student for other middle school students about that age old desire to be Popular. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen is a memoir during which the author recounts her year in eighth grade when she decides to follow the advice of 1950's teen model Betty Cornell in an attempt to be popular. She discovers that the secret to popularity has nothing to do with her clothing, hair, or makeup. It has everything to do with how you treat other people. A great book to read to realize that you are not alone!
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!