I'm making changes to the middle school wish list after meeting with a local media specialist who's familiar with what kids in our area are into reading these days.
She tells me if I collected nothing else, most of the students would be thrilled with books from the Bluford Series from Townsend Press. I can't believe they're only $1. I pay $.75 at some thrift stores for used books!
She says the kids also love books by Jacqueline Woodson, and graphic novels, especially the Bone series by Jeff Smith, and the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.
Things I'm removing: the "stallion" books by Walter or Terri Farley, and CS Lewis books. I have lots and lots of both but they aren't on the "hot list" these days, so I don't need to actively look for more.
Thanks for your help Shawn!