Middle School Reads

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose🙂🙂👍👍

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler:  Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose is an account of the exploits of the Churchill Club during WWII in Denmark.  Knud Pedersen was 15 years old, when the Danish did not put up any resistance to Germany taking over their country. While Germany did not cause damage, they sent in many soldiers and forced the country to follow German rules.  Knud, his brother Jens and some friends began a club of saboteurs. On their bikes with little knowledge but lots of bravery they rearranged signs, cut wires, blew up vehicles and other ways to make life harder for the Germans.  


The book is written with direct memories of Knud Pedersen, pictures and news accounts. The information is incredible and is written in such a way that student’s attention is gained and kept.  The book introduces so much information about WWII with the German invasions.   


This book is an amazing read for Middle Schoolers.  It allows the students to see how much can be accomplished by those who are dedicated and determined. I found the books chapters a little long, but the students didn’t seem to find the same issue.  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose is a special read for many students.


The Tornado by Jake Burt🙂🙂👍👍👍

The Tornado by Jake Burt is a GREAT story about bullying in Middle School.  The story is not preachy or overwhelming with its message. The book was well written and I thought just the right length.  There is nothing like the unexpected changing the status quo of a situation.


Bell Kirby has been tormented by Parker Hellickson ever since he accidentally broke his toe before a big soccer game.  Parker is so good at bullying that he never gets caught and even when he does, his dad is the principal. Bell has put together a whole system about how to avoid Parker until the new girl Daelynn Gower moves into his school.  Suddenly Bell does not need to hide anymore when Parker starts to focus on her.  Meanwhile, Daelynn gets sadder and sadder and everything Bell does to help her seems to make it worse.  Until it is time to stand up!


The Tornado is a good read by Jake Burt.  The lesson, the characters and the plot line are ideal for an early Middle School reader.  It is a book that I am going to recommend to students.




Latest comments

25.11 | 11:05

Much media suggest teachers teach only subjects, but really: "... our job as teachers to help her learn to read, understand and think critically on her own."

29.08 | 02:19

I love reading. I will start reading Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley after my https://www.goldenbustours.com/grand-canyon-tours/ and hope it would be interesting.

10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!