The books for elementary age kids are always great. But the books for middle school readers are a bit spotty. Here's what I love about some of the middle school readers:
- Main characters from other cultures. I think it's good for middle schoolers to see things from another culture's vantage point.
- Main characters who are trying to make the world better. I read one book (Acceleration by Graham McNamee) about a teen who discovers a serial killer's diary. Even though the book has violent elements and a few swear words, I like that the boy steps out of his selfish world to become a hero. (I recommended it for grade 9 and up.)