Suggested Readings for Middle School

Sci-fi suggestions for those who may be in-between the Young Adult and Middle Grade Books.


Suggested Readings High School

Interested in the Sci-Fi Genre but don’t know where to start? Here are some Young Adult suggestions and for the more “advanced” reader some adult suggestions.

Updated Reads from your Librarian

Your YA librarian has just finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Binti is a short science fiction novel based in African culture. Binti is given an exciting opportunity to go to the best university in the galaxy, Oozma University. Accepting the offer means leaving her family and way of life behind which isn’t something anyone in her culture does or has done. Binti is willing to take the chance and to gain the best knowledge there is but getting there takes a turn for the worst when the Meduse come on board her ship. The Meduse are an alien race set on waging war against her university. Now Binti must survive and get to her destination.

At 96 pages you can fly through this award-winning tale of space and community.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a character-driven YA novel set in the late 80s as two boys come of age.

Ari is an angry but kind teen who hasn’t had many friends. He’s the youngest in his family with his other siblings much older and his brother in prison. No one talks about his brother and this angers him more. Ari’s father is aloof since coming back from the war and his mother is a mother just hanging around too much for his teen self to like.

Dante is a creative thinking happier teen who befriends Ari when he offers to teach him to swim and they begin a friendship that Ari has never had.

Both loners create a special bond that helps lead to discovering more about themselves and who they want to be in the world.

Both books are available at the library in physical, ebook, and audiobook!

Bohemian Rhapsody

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If you haven’t seen it yet hopefully you have enough interest to watch Bohemian Rhapsody the movie that set “all time box office records” for biopics.

Seriously, if you guys have any interest in Queen and Freddie Mercury this is one flick you cannot miss. Come check it out at the library before someone else grabs it up!

Be prepared to sing your heart out and enjoy the PG-13 take on Mercury and Queen.

Off the Shelf!

From our current Newsletter

Free 3D Movie and Lunch for Young Adults

The library will provide lunch and 3D glasses to watch the movie.

Please call the library or stop in to register!

For Grades 9 -12 *

PIXELS (Rated PG-13)

Sunday, February 17


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Nonfiction 2019

I’ve become a bigger fan of nonfiction in the past few years after fighting the idea that nonfiction is only boring biographies. But honestly, there’s some good interesting stories out there. As a librarian I like to spread my wings and read a little differently and opening so I’m participating in a challenge on one of my personal social media apps. #Nonfiction2019 Bingo has been a fun way to keep track of some ideas in nonfiction that can be read.

So far I’ve read:

How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery: a short book about a woman and how some major points in her life have been surrounded by what she loves most, animals! It’s a memoir but packs some good information about how the animals she discusses live and connect with others including humans.

Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly: This is less than 100 pages and is available online for free. It took me a while to read because I couldn’t find it in any of the libraries I had a card at and I had no idea it could be found online. But this was worth the wait for me. Nellie’s experience in an 1887 New York asylum and how easily she was able to get into one has left a legacy and helped create improvements in how we regulate our asylums. This was toward the beginning of investigative journalism and she truly has made an impact.

The Rules do not Apply by Ariel Levy: A story marketed as grief as this journalist/writer’s family slowly comes unraveled. This has little pockets of feminism and how one woman advocated for her right to be independent, work hard, and wait to have her family in order to enjoy her career and personal life.

Down below is a blank copy of Nonfiction Bingo and hopefully you can find something you’re interested in!

Zombies! Oh My!


Could you survive a zombie apocalypse? Interested in some zombie stories? Try out these and work on your survival skills!

All books are available in our collection.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead: A traditional zombie apocalypse story

The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant: No more cancer but a new virus taking hold.

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey: Why does this girl have human emotions when she’s actually a zombie?

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: Less of a focus on traditional zombies and more of a murder mystery. 

Cell by Stephen King: Did you know your cell phone can turn you into an actual zombie??

Zombie: a love story by Patricia Lee Macomber: A zombie crosses the U.S. to get to his living girlfriend.

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer: Girl begins dating a goth only to find out he’s not quite just a “goth”.

The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson: Recipes for the post-apocalypse survivor

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida: Half human, half ghoul (who craves human flesh) trying to manage turf wars.

Or maybe try your hand at survival guides. Come to the library to browse!


Researchers have looked into how an outbreak could spread across the United States! Head for the Hills!

If you want to know more about why we’re so interested in zombie stories and survival stories alike check out “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Trauma and Transformation in AMC’s The Walking Dead by George Hagman in our Academic Search Premier database!

Off the Shelf Update

From our current Newsletter

3D Movie and Lunch for Young Adults

The library will provide lunch and 3D glasses to watch the movie.

Please call the library or stop in to register!

For Grades 7 & 8 *


Sunday, January 20, 2019


*students in Grade 6 may also attend

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For Grades 9 -12 *

PIXELS (Rated PG-13)

Sunday, February 17


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