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

WATCH THE SKY, by Kirsten Hubbard


The story: Jory’s family keeps to themselves. His stepfather, Caleb, is sure that something big–and terrible–is coming: he says “the signs are everywhere.” Jory isn’t quite sure what the signs mean, but he knows Caleb just wants to keep the family safe…so when Caleb has the family start digging a bunker in the canyon behind their farm, Jory helps out even though his grades tank and his friends are starting to get curious. Somehow, Jory has to decide how to deal with the signs (and his stepdad’s obsession with them) and figure out his own way to keep the family together.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: What would you do if you thought one of your parents was paranoid and obsessed–but you love them anyway?  Jory faces a tough decision that might involve making his stepdad hate him.  It’s a lot harder than it might seem.


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