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



The story: When Footer Davis’s mother shoots the head right off a venomous snake, it’s the start of a downhill slide that sends Mom back to the mental hospital and leaves Footer and best boy buddy Peavine to discover the truth about the the murder of Old Man Abrams, the fire that destroyed his property, and the disappearance of his grandchildren. When Footer starts hallucinating about the night of the murder, she has to wonder–is she going crazy too?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re going crazy, this story is for you!  Footer is a wry narrator with an authentic southern voice (and the Mississippi setting seems spot-on, all the way down to the snakes in the ponds, and the elephant gun used to fight them off). Readers will find themselves rooting for Footer and mentally assuring her that she’s NOT really crazy at all.


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