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

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE, by Steven B. Frank


The story: Armstrong is getting bused to a different school in LA in the fall of 1973. Charlie’s always been there, and he doesn’t know what to think of the black kids who are volunteering to come all the way across town. He also doesn’t know what to think about Armstrong, who’s kind of a Rebel while Charlie’s more of a Rules Boy. Even so, as the kids get to know each other, they find out they’re more alike than they could ever have guessed.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  I liked the story a lot, and you could tell that the author actually went to this school and lived some of these experiences, because he gets them exactly right.


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