The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos is a semi-autobiographical novel about Jack Gantos' troubled childhood and the beginning of his slide into juvenile delinquency. I felt some sympathy for the main character, but it is easy for the reader to tell that Jack's admiration for the delinquent next door is not going to end well for him. I'm not sure I can say that I "liked" this book, but it is a realistic portrait of the struggles of young adults to find find their own identity in a difficult world.
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!