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

NIGHTBIRD, by Alice Hoffman


The story: Twig and her mother keep to themselves, and no one knows they’re hiding a strange secret: the result of a 200-year-old curse. When a new girl moves into the cottage next door, it turns out she’s the descendant of the witch who cast the curse on Twig’s ancestors all those years ago. Now the time is right and the ingredients are in hand for the girls to try to reverse the curse…but will they be able to do it before the rest of the townspeople find out the truth about the Sidwell Monster?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This is for any girl who’s ever wished for magic–or even for a best friend.


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