Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: Pockets

A Pocketful of Rye - (ISBN: 978-0451199867)

by Agatha Christie

In this classic Miss Marple mystery, one of three murder victims has rye grass in his pocket. Gradually, Miss Marple relates that victim and the two others to the beloved nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Read the book to find out which characters represent the king, queen, and maid in the children’s chant. What other pieces of nursery rhymes have you heard in other contexts?

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence - (ISBN: 978-0877017882)

by Nick Bantock

The relationship between Griffin and Sabine begins as Sabine comments on one of Griffin’s enigmatic postcards. A playful but sometimes obsessive back-and-forth continues with more postcards and missives in tiny pocket envelopes. The artistic styles of each correspondent are different; how do you know who is writing what? Have you ever received messages that you could identify just by the handwriting or drawing style?

Out of the Pocket - (ISBN: 978-0525479963)

by Bill Koningsburg

Young Bobby has trouble reconciling the fact that he loves sports, but he’s also gay. Although members of his team find out about his preference and have different reactions to his “coming out,” Bobby continues playing and helps the team when they are vying for a championship. Why does Bobby’s coach insist he is not really gay? How does Bobby finally become accepted by his father, his team, and his community? Why do they use a pocket as the metaphor in the title of this book?

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - (ISBN: 978-0553494792)

by Ann Brashares

Four close friends come to adulthood in different ways, but their friendships continue when they share a pair of thrift store jeans, pockets and all. Each girl has her challenges, self-image problems, and personal growth issues to go through, but when each girl receives the pants in the mail from another friend, the jeans magically fit, and the problems resolve, at least somewhat. This book is best for mature teens because of some sexual content. Have you ever shared an item with a friend? What did it come to represent?

The Pocket Guide to Mischief - (ISBN: 978-1423603665)

by Bart King

For harmless but fun pranks and other recipes for mini-trouble, try this different approach to a how-to book. Codes, jokes, quizzes, and other amusing activities fill this well-written and complete approach to self-made entertainment.

Pocket Money Museums in England: 700 Museums to Visit with over 340 Free Admission - (ISBN: 978-0953254903)

by Melvyn Davies Angela Davies

Poem in Your Pocket: 200 Poems to Read and Carry - (ISBN: 978-0810906365)

The Pocket Guide to Brilliance - (ISBN: 978-1423605041)

by Bart King

The Second Summer of Sisterhood - (ISBN: 978-0553495010)

by Ann Brashares

Activities for this Theme

Make a pocket apron with a pot holder as the pocket.


Make a cell phone pouch to keep your phone safe


Make a tote bag out of old blue jeans


Have a pocket book-making party with family or friends


Make the most of annual "Poem in Your Pocket" day events with these 7 easy suggestions


Make a peanut pocket doll


Make delicious smelling apple pockets.