- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
- member since September 19, 2011
Mrs. Kirr, following are a few YA coming-of-age stories I think your students would really like (Please feel free to read the reviews about each story on my Shelfari Bookshelf):
"The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch,
"Carter Finally Gets It" by Brent Crawford,
"Swim The Fly" and "Beat The Band" by Don Calame,
"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline,
"Down Under" by Bill Bryson,
"The Rho Agenda Trilogy" by Richard Phillips,
"Psion Series" by Jacob Gowans,
"Mageborn Series" by Michael G. Manning,
"The Farseer Apprentice Trilogy" by Robin Hobb,
"The Riyria Revelations Series" by Michael J. Sullivan,
"The Bartimaeus Series" Jonathon Stroud,
"The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart,
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton,
"Call of the Wild" by Jack London,
"Nightlamp" by Jack Vance,
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" by Mark Haddon,
"The Rangers Apprentice Series" by John Flanagan,
"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card,
"Scott Free" by John Gilstrap (fairly intense),
I hope they enjoy these stories, I sure did. Most of these stories were recommended to my by a Middle Grades School teacher in New Zealand. Also, thank you for your contributions to the literacy and worldliness of your students, we need more like you...READ ON!
Hello Mrs. Kirr,
YOU are walking on Miami Beach in Florida; the sky is dark and threatening to rain. You see a handsome Egyptian man walking down the beach carrying a leather pouch over his right shoulder, he looks back anxiously, as if someone might be following him but when he does so he stumbles and falls, spilling the seeds in his pouch. Asim hurriedly picks up the seeds, counting them as he drops each one back into his case.
It starts to rain and he quickly rushes off, not knowing that he has lost a single seed. It starts to rain harder as you see something protruding from the sand, and then a beautiful red rose grows almost instantly. You must be seeing things.
You approach the rose and when you bend down to examine it something amazing happens.
“Quick,” says the rose. “Hide me before he comes back. I grant wishes and all the wishes he wants are evil ones. Please take me home with you.”
You dig up the flower and head back to your hotel.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers. But I continue to write and hope.
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Knights of the Dragon:
Leander is under siege. It seems their wizard is dying. A dragon befriends a boy and hires knights to save his kingdom. Alexa is a match for any man, except perhaps for Stone; they’ve had eyes for one another for years, though neither will admit it. A dragon is born that turns out to be a wizard, a rare dragon indeed.
And there are whispers of a boy wizard.
It’s a tale of wizards, dragons, romance and knights.