Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

CINDER, by Marissa Meyer


The story: Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in a futuristic world where a plague has killed millions and soldiers from another planet are waiting to invade. Kai is the emperor’s son, about to be offered to the lunar queen as a husband to keep her from unleashing that storm of soldiers. There’s no way the two would ever meet. And yet…they do. Could a prince ever fall in love with a cinder girl? And if he did, could they ever live happily ever after?

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Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a Cinderella story unlike any other you might have read. Meyer takes the original elements of the classic fairy tale–girl forced to work hard by a stepmother who’s looking for a good marriage for her own two daughters; a ball, and an unlikely romance–and weaves them into a futuristic action and romance novel that boys and girls alike will enjoy–grown-ups too! Keep an eye out for the sequels: Scarlet (based sort of on Red Riding Hood); Cress (based sort of on Rapunzel) and, coming in 2015, Winter–maybe based on the Snow Princess?  Each of the stories adds more characters and more classic fairy-tale mashups into the mix of cyborgs, androids, space ships and sci-fi…with very cool results.


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