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

NEED, by Joelle Charbonneau


The story: NEED looks innocent enough at first: get five of your friends to sign up, and you’ll get something you need, like an iPad. Or a new dress for the dance. Sweet! Then, once you’ve completed the task and gotten your reward, you can sign up for a new task. It’ll be a little harder…or maybe a lot harder. Maybe it’ll ask you to do something illegal. Maybe it’ll even be deadly. But as the kids at Nottowa High School are sucked into completing assignments for this mysterious website, only Kaylee asks for something she truly needs–and maybe that’s why she’s the only one who can see it for what it’s turning out to be. But NEED has ways of keeping tabs on you–and of shutting you down if you talk. What Kaylee really needs right now? A way out.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This is a thriller in the real sense of the word: you won’t be able to put it down.  By the author of “The Testing” series, it’s less dystopian, but still a chilling look at the world of the very near future.


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