Source: A Place in the Middle
Grade Levels: Elementary School: 4th Grade, 5th Grade; Middle School: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade; High School: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
A Place in the Middle is the true story of Ho’onani, a remarkable eleven year old girl who dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be “in the middle” – the Native Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. As student and teacher prepare for a climactic end-of-year performance, together they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s inside a person’s heart and mind.