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Middle School

The Teen Room @Cary is open to middle school and high school students in grades 6-12. So, even if you are technically not yet a ‘teen’, there is still plenty going on for you in the Teen Room @Cary! While our entire teen collection is available to all of our patrons, books in our designated BeTween collection have been selected specifically because they may appeal to middle school students. The BeTween collection can be found on shelves located in the middle of the Teen Room.

Most programs scheduled in the Teen Room are open middle school patrons. Drop-in Crafternoons, movies, and the bi-weekly wellness group are appropriate for and open to middle schoolers. Check out the Event Calendar for more information about our many other programs for tweens and teens @Cary.

Teen Book Clubs

We currently have three monthly book clubs specifically for middle schoolers. Online registration for all three clubs will open on Monday, August 26th at 7pm. Book selections for the first meeting will be announced at that time. Book selections for the remaining meetings will be decided by each club. 

  • Discuss & Dine is our new monthly book club just for 6th graders. Come join us on Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm. We will supply the pizza, (or you can bring your own dinner), and we will munch away and discuss books! Session dates are 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12.
  • BookIt (at NIGHT) is our monthly book club for 6th & 7th graders. We meet on Mondays evenings from 7-8pm. We have some laughs, eat some delicious snacks (always includes brownies), and discuss books! Session dates are 9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16.
  • BookIt (with brownies) is our monthly book club for 7th & 8th graders. This club meets on Saturday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.  We also have some laughs, eat some delicious snacks (of course includes brownies), and discuss books! Session dates are 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 1/4.  

Please contact the Teen Services Manager at  lexteen@minlib.net if you have ideas for other teen book clubs @Cary.

Some titles BookIt has recently read include:

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti BowlingInsignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This book follows the story of thirteen-year-old Aven Green, who was born without arms. Following her family’s moves from Kansas to Arizona, Aven navigates her life in a new home and explores her family’s history. 

 

Star-Crossed / Barbara DeeStar-Crossed by Barbara Dee. Star-Crossed follows the story of 12 year-old Mattie, as she navigates her role as Romeo in this year's school play Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with her growing feelings for Gemma, the cute, funny and BRITISH girl who is playing Juliet.  

 

The Selection by Keira CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass  Cass’s novel takes place in a future dystopian world marked with distinct castes, great disparities in wealth, and much political unrest. The story revolves around seventeen-year-old America Singer and her role in the unique lottery the ruling family has devised for ‘the selection’ of a wife for the prince. Fans of The Hunger Games may also enjoy The Selection!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A cross between fairy tale and dystopian fiction, Cinder tells the story of cyborg/mechanic with a mysterious past, whose life becomes entwined with a prince and an intergalactic struggle for power.  

 

I am Princess X / Cherie PriestI am Princess X by Cherie Priest. This hybrid of a mystery and graphic novel tells the story of two best friends who together create a comic book character, Princess X.  When, following the death of one of the girls, the other begins to find new references to the comic book character around town, she begins to doubt the death of her friend. There are plenty of plot twists, lots of suspense and a graphic novel woven throughout.


Fever Crumb / by Philip ReeveFever Crumb by Philip Reeve. Fever Crumb lives in a dystopian London far in the future. She is a foundling, adopted by a member of the Order of the Engineers at a time when women are considered incapable of reasonable thought. At the age of 14, she leaves her protected world to live with and assist an archaeologist in a secret project. She begins to have memories that cannot be her own, and she finds herself at the center of hostile discrimination, as this steampunk London lurches.


Divergent / Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth.  Divergent is set in a dystopian future Chicago.  When citizens of this society turn 16 years old, they take an aptitude test and decide the faction to which they will belong for the rest of their lives. Beatrice (Tris) was born into the Abnegation faction (defined by their selflessness), but she must decide if she will remain with this sect, or forsake her family forever and join a new one. She is drawn to the Dauntless sect know for their bravery) faction, but worries about a life without her family.


Orbiting Jupiter / Gary D. SchmidtOrbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt.  This book tells the complicated and heartbreaking story Joseph, who is a father at the age of 13 but who has never met his daughter, Jupiter.  Told from the perspective of his foster family’s 12 year-old son, Jack, this novel examines the power of friendship and family and the sacrifices they require.