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

ATLANTIA, by Ally Condie


The story: After the Divide, humans live both below and above the sea. Rio lives Below, where she hides a deadly secret: she is a Siren, someone who can use her voice to influence other people’s actions–even against their will. Devastated when her twin sister chooses to live Above, Rio begins to question their mother’s death, her city’s government, and the circumstances that will force her to spend the rest of her life Below. And the more she finds out…the more dangerous her life becomes. Will the truth ultimately kill her?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a story set in an undersea world that is far grittier than anything from the Little Mermaid. Rio is a fascinating narrator, Condie’s writing is strong, and her world-building is interesting and thought-provoking.


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