Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: Lies, Rumors, and Misinformation

Comeback - (ISBN: 978-1554693108)

by Vicki Grant

Ria runs away with her little brother in tow after her parents’ divorce. She is stuck living with her mother, but her father is just so much more glamorous and exciting. Eventually, she learns that her father has deceived the community and committed major financial fraud. How does Ria come to realize where her place is?

Gossip Girl - (ISBN: 978-0316910330)

by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Who is Gossip Girl? Can the answers be found on her website? This read delves into the superficial but enticing world of clothes, boys, sex, and accessories. Does being cool cancel the shame of getting thrown out of boarding school? What questions come to your mind as you read about this artificial world that has so many true elements?

Nothing but the Truth - (ISBN: 978-0545174152)

by Avi

Phillip is miffed about not being able to join the track team because of his English grades, so he hums during the National Anthem. The crisis he creates in the school for not following directions escalates, and it soon becomes nationwide. This book cleverly asks questions about patriotism, respect, and civil rights. What is your school’s policy concerning the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance?

Rumor Central - (ISBN: 978-0061345715)

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Maya jumps at the chance to have her own teen reality show. Her goals to succeed at it include telling secrets and responding to lies those who resent her rise to stardom tell. Do reality shows really tell the truth? How can you sift the truth out of all the detritus of gossip?

Rumors - (ISBN: 978-0061345715)

by Anna Godbersen

Elizabeth Holland falls from grace, and the focus changes to the companions around her. Scrutiny increases on her sister, her former boyfriend, her friends and even one of her servants. How do secrets and gossip balance in this novel?

Friction - (ISBN: 978-0689853852)

by E.R. Frank

How I Spent My Last Night on Earth - (ISBN: 978-1416954118)

by Todd Strasser

Secrets - (ISBN: 978-0064472814)

by Melinda Metz

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie - (ISBN: 978-0142407806)

by David Lubar

Activities for this Theme

Learn about rumors and their spreading effects with this glitter activity


Take this quiz to see if you are tricked by these optical illusions


If you enjoyed the Duck Rabbit children’s book, share these renowned illusions with your family.


Play the Game Two Truths, One Lie


Watch this video to learn the tips and tricks for making tessellations