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

MECHANICA, by Betsy Cornwell

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The story: In this futuristic Cinderella tale, our heroine isn’t waiting around for a handsome prince to come and save the day. And while there’s a stepmother, and two really awful stepsisters, there’s no fairy godmother–just Mechanica’s own hard work and smarts. Handsome prince? Check. (But things don’t quite go the way you’d expect there, either.) If you liked Cinder, take a look at this one too!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: You have to admire a girl who’s not waiting around to be rescued by Prince Charming. Mechanica (as her stepsisters rudely name her, not realizing she’ll come to appreciate the title) is hard-working, smart, and curious. This isn’t your standard fairy-tale mashup, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a happy ending.

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