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

GOODBYE STRANGER, by Rebecca Stead


The story: Bridget, Emily, and Tabitha swore on a Twinkie that they would always be friends and never fight–but their promise gets a little harder to keep as they enter 7th grade and find their interests going in different directions. Bridge gets a not-boyfriend and starts wearing cat ears for reasons even she doesn’t understand, Emily’s curves are attracting a lot of attention–not all of it good–and Tab is turning into quite the feminist activist. Not to mention there’s an unnamed person running away from her life for just a day, whose reasons become clear only as the books progresses.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This is a fun coming-of-age story whose characters prove that a friendship can endure even when those friends grow up and branch out.


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