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

SOUNDLESS, by Richelle Mead

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The story: Fei’s village is trapped at the top of the tallest mountain in the range; forced to mine metals that are sent by pulley line to the valley below. Everyone in the village is deaf, and now some of them have started losing their vision too. Fei, being trained as an artist, has loved Li Wei since childhood, but there’s no chance they’ll ever be allowed to marry: he’s a miner, a lower-caste citizen, and there’s no marriage allow between social classes. But everything changes when Fei sees a vision and then begins to sense the strangest vibrations in her head–and realizes that somehow, some way, she’s regained her hearing. Now it’s up to her and Li Wei to rappel down from the mountain top to find help for their starving village. Neither realizes that the world below is a cruel and dangerous place, or that love might not be enough to keep either of them alive.

The library lady says: This story gets off to kind of a slow start, but it quickly picks up steam and turns into a cool kick-butt action tale with Chinese roots. And if you’re wondering what a pixiu looks like, check ’em out on Google images–very cool.

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