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

SWEET, by Emmy Laybourne


The story: How far would you go to be perfectly thin? Celebrities and rich folks have gathered on a deluxe cruise ship, eager to try the new food additive Solu. Viv’s dad has paid for Laurel and Viv to be there too–maybe they can both lose a few pounds by the end of the trip. They never imagined that instead of being a dream come true, Solu will become a living nightmare that turns a holiday for the rich-and-famous into a cruise from hell…

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a story that’s not only a can’t-put-it-down thriller, but that also tackles America’s obsession with body image and how far we’d go to achieve the “perfect” figure. Here’s a story for an 8th-grade (or HS) book club told from alternating points of view (Laurel and TV star Tom) that both boys and girls will like.


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