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

POACHED, by Stuart Gibbs


The story: Teddy Fitzroy is back–so let the mystery commence and the poop flinging begin! In “Belly Up”, Teddy solved the mystery of who murdered FunJungle’s Henry the Hippo…but the stakes are even higher this time around. The bad guys have kidnapped the zoo’s most famous animal, an adorable koala named Kazoo–and even worse, they’ve framed Teddy for the crime. If he can’t find out who really did it, it’s juvie for sure!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: I really liked this story, for several reasons. First, Teddy is a hero who not only does funny stuff, but who thinks in a very funny way. But the humor doesn’t get in the way of the mystery, which involves a little animal that everyone can love; not only that, Teddy has to deal with his lack of friends as the new kid at school, and with the threat of getting beaten up by a particularly nasty school bully. His smart mouth gets him in trouble, his past activities get him in trouble, and he’s enough of a boy that he just can’t stay away when even more trouble comes calling. Start with “Belly Up” if you haven’t read that one.


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