Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


by Ally Condie
From the publisher:
"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."

I loved this book. It is a dystopian book, so it's like The Hunger Games in that respect, but there was hardly any violence. The author created a very interesting world, and I loved the important part that poetry and art played. I'm getting very tired of the ever-present love triangle, but I really like both of the guys too, so I can understand the angst:)

No bad language, no sexual situations (a couple sweet kisses), a little violence.

Suggested ages:
Publishers Weekly - Ages 14 +
School Library Journal - Grades 7 +
*Mrs. Duke says - I have no idea why Publishers Weekly would say 14 and over.  This was a very clean read, with way less violence than The Hunger Games.  I would let my kids read this before The Hunger Games for sure."

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