Middle School Breakfast Club

Today I have a book that has been deemed the middle school Breakfast Club.  It’s been a while since I have seen the movie, but I have to say that I absolutely noticed the similarities.  While the author has certainly used the film for inspiration, I think the story itself will resonate with kids as it moves from a narrative about bullying to understanding.

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Title: It Wasn’t Memiddle school breakfast club it wasn't me

Author: Dana Alison Levy

Target: Grades 5-7

Series: No

What this book is about: 

Theo is in middle school and when he puts up a series of his photos at school they are vandalized.  Five kids were at the scene, but they claim to know nothing of the incident.  Theo’s favorite teacher asks to conduct a Justice Summit, where all the students involved can get to know each other, find out what really happened and figure out how to make sure justice is restored to all parties.  Theo is quite surprised to discover that his assumptions about those involved are not quite accurate at all.

Why I love this story: 

  • I always appreciate stories where we get to understand the motivation of all the characters.  I think we are all quick to judge and slow to understand.  Middle school kids are without a doubt going through a hormone filled, emotional time, so discovering the reasons behind actions can be so illuminating.  Everything is personal to them, even when other’s actions have little to do with them.  I think this can be a surprise.
  • I loved the idea of Justice Summit.  Somehow the thought of not simply punishing students resonated with me.  We all have deeper stories to tell and acknowledging them and letting the individuals wronged help determine what justice looks like seemed so refreshing to me.
  • This one was a great who dun it!  I mean by the end I couldn’t imagine any of the students committing the crime so seeing who and what motivated it, certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.  All the characters are pretty well fleshed out so I was all in.

Who this book is for:

This book is great for kids who enjoyed Because of Mr. Terupt or Speechless.  Great realistic fiction with a mystery that will keep kids reading.

Final thoughts:

I was not too fond of the cover.  Would have liked to see something a little more appealing.

To purchase this book:

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