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

THE GLASS ARROW, by Kristen Simmons

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The story: Aya has lived in the wild all her life, avoiding the ugly reality that comes to girls who are caught and taken into towns to be sold to the highest bidder. But now that the Trackers have managed to capture her, she’s determined she won’t go down without a fight. Held in solitary confinement until the next auction day, little does Aya know that the mute Driver, or horse master, across the poisoned drainage ditch–along with a silver wolf named Brax–will end up being her only hope of avoiding a fate worse that death.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you like dystopian fiction, give this one a look (even if you’re a guy).  Aya is a spunky heroine, Kiran is a hunky and mysterious hottie and co-conspirator, and Brax is as cool an animal companion as they come. The setting–where women have gone back to being the proper of men, and some even take part in the buying and selling of others–is fine for readers looking for their next Hunger Games read-alike, and it even looks like it’s a stand-alone book and not a trilogy! So you don’t have to feel like you’re obligated to read two more after this one.  🙂

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