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

THE HONEST TRUTH, by Dan Gemeinhart

Honest truthThe story: Mark wants to climb Mount Rainier before he dies. The problem is–he could die any time. He’s has cancer since kindergarten, but now it’s back and worse than ever. The 7th grader makes a huge decision: to run away with only his dog for company, make his way across the state, and climb that mountain before it’s too late. Only his best friend Jess knows where he’s gone, but will she keep his secret? Mark doesn’t know, and he doesn’t know how this is all going to end. He only knows he has to try…before it’s too late.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s an unlikely adventure story where you end up really wanting the hero to succeed, no matter what–and it’s only when you get to the end that you realize success may be really different than what you imagined earlier. Recommended!

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