Category Archives: middle school


Jacqueline Wilson, 2007. Sylvie is a sweet late-bloomer type who’s torn between her innocent first relationship with childhood friend Carl and the excitement of her new bad-girl best friend, Miranda. ¬†She loves the fantasy world she and Carl have created, … Continue reading

Posted in 2007, european, gay male, Jacqueline Wilson, middle school, problem novel, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 1 Comment

The Misfits

James Howe, 2001. This delightful novel follows the exploits of four seventh-grade outcasts: Addie, the tall nerdy one; Skeezie, a rather uncouth and unclean kid; Bobby, fat and happy; and Joe, proudly gay. They decide to enter a third-party slate … Continue reading

Posted in 2001, asian american, black, fat, gay male, James Howe, middle school, realistic, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

Luv Ya Bunches

Lauren Myracle, October 2009. This fun middle-grade novel doesn’t break any new ground, but has a good time with an old story: Fifth-grade queen bee Modessa and her clique enjoy tormenting other girls, who band together to get her back … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, asian american, Lauren Myracle, middle school, passing mentions, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic | 1 Comment