Books for when Middle School gets Complicated

Books for when Middle School gets complicated

Ernest Hemingway once said, that there is no friend as loyal as a book, and I don’t think there is a stage of life where that is more true than the middle school years. When those middle school friendships get complicated, it’s nice for our girls to know they aren’t alone. These are my go to books for when middle school friendships change and stretch and sometimes even end.

As long as they have a book to read they will never be really alone.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie
“An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred 

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“Written with understated humor and fine-tuned perception, Frost’s first-person narrative offers a riveting story as well as an uncomfortably realistic picture of middle school social dynamics.”—Booklist, Starred review

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
“This memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion—another Stead hallmark.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

Shug by Jenny Han
Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there’s nothing worse than being twelve. She’s too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there’s not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren’t acting so dear anymore — especially Mark. — Amazon Review

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
“Benjamin’s involving novel features clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible, yet rich with possibilities for discussion…. Her highly individual, first-person narrative makes compelling reading…. An uncommonly fine first novel.”―Booklist, starred review

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
“A heart-stabbing tale of the everyday social agonies of girlhood.” ―Wall Street Journal

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
“Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonder tribute to nonconformity.” — Chicago Tribune


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