The books on this shelf are ones I've read that are also available for students in our HS Library.
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Hi Patty! Yes, I do plan to put Easy in my library this fall. It is one of the best that I have read at this level. I have students (usually junior & seniors) asking me for books with college chararcters and this one certainly fits the bill. I am attaching the URL for an interview with Tammara Webber on the blog Lady Scribes. She does a beautiful job of explaining this level. I have several students who downloaded and read her trilogy Between the Lines this past year and they loved it. I will be placing it in my collection as well. I always say that you have to know your patrons and what is appropriate for them. I am honored you are following me ~ I am usually the follower. I need to get more of my reviews on Shelfari. I am in a review group at our Region XI Education Service Center in Texas and we have a group on Goodreads. We get books directly from the publishers. I will certainly continue to follow your reading to see what is being read in your area of the country. Below I have also listed Tammara Webber's Facebook and blog along with the interview. Have a great weekend and I will stay in touch! So nice to have a new HS librarian friend. Dana http://ladyscribes.blogspot.com/2012/07/guest-author-nyt-best-selling-author.html http://www.facebook.com/#!/TammaraWebberAuthor http://tammarawebber.blogspot.com/
I also recommend HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING by Mike Brown for your students who love science, especially astronomy. Mike Brown is the astronomer who discovered a mass on the outskirts of the solar system which eventually resulted in Pluto's being demoted to "dwarf planet." I was among those who were very disappointed about Pluto's fate, but thias book puts it into perspective, explaining why it had to happen.
You have a great book shelf. I also like your comments about books you have read. I'm not a librarian (I wish I were, but alas I took another path) and I'm not an educator. I don't look at books for youth and young adults from a classroom perspective, how will this reinforce a principle or augment a lesson plan; I believe that reading is of highest importance, and I find books for young people to be more genuine, more authentic, and more entertaining. I also like your profile picture, an arm full of books, a new reading alternative, and a library shelf in the background. More power to you!
For those of us who fought in Vietnam from the early days there is knowledge not available to the general population.
For instance the Viet Minh which the United States military and political leadership chose to call the Viet Cong we referred to as "Charlie". That was a term of respect for our opponents and our way of showing disdain for the United States military and political leadership who tried to dishonor and dehumanize them. We all felt that we were stuck in mass confusion caused by politicians. The very same United States military and political leadership chose to call the People's Army of Vietnam home we referred to as the PAVN as the NVA. They actually put out an order to that effect that we were not referred to them as PAVN and must referred to them as NVA under pain of pain. That didn't work real well after all what were they going to do us "Cut our hair short and send us to Vietnam?" I suppose we should have told them that our hair was already short and we were all ready in Vietnam.
We referred to the Purple Heart as Charlie's Sharpshooters Badge because when he shot one of us it meant that he had qualified on the weapons range. It's as simple soldiers since the black humor. Before you asked the question soldiers don't hate each other unless someone crosses the line of our customs and traditions that it becomes personal.
I see "Why I Fight" on your shelf. This book has hooked a non-reader: he picked this up from a book talk in the library, and has since read 3 other books. He says he has never read a whole book before! Great read for a tougher kid who is in tune with not quite fitting in. I hope you enjoy it.
Glad to see The Librarian Book of Quotes on your TBR list. I just finished that this weekend; it was great! I found so many excellent quotes to use for various library related stuff and a bunch that were a really pick-me-up! I hope you enjoy it as well!
Yes, Patty, of course I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner! Are you surprised? Angela bought it. It was pretty good. It was fun to get the background of the other vampires before the attack in Eclipse. It also made the movie have more meaning when her character appeared,
I hope you had a great time at ALA despite the heat. I was thinking about visiting the exhibits, but I had to work at a stand at the Columbia Antique and Craft Fair for my son's football team. Thanks for the book recommendations. Judging by your bookshelf, you've been keeping up with the best YA lit. and have read most of the books I would recommend. Right now I'm reading MY BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN, which is the last (I think) book in the BLOODY JACK series.
Darn, I accidentally submitted my message before I was finished. I'm always doing that. Anyway, as I was saying, I'm looking forward to getting MOCKINGJAY in August. Do you attend the PSLA conferences? I am on the Not-Ready-for-Newbery committee, and we always do a presentation on the year's best YA literature. If you are interested, I will give you the address of our wiki from which you can access our booklist. By the way, at which school do you work. I am the librarian at Edward Hand MS in the SDoL.
Even though you asked this question a year ago, I thought I would still give you my input on "Wild Swans." I actually read this in college in an Asian Humanities class. It was extremely good, but it is a bit long winded and I don't know if high schoolers would appreciate it. I would try "The Tao of Pooh," and "The Te of Piglet."
Similiar to A Long Way Gone is War Child by Emmanuel Jal. There is always a wonderful talk that he gives on TED.com about his life as a child soldier and how hip hop music is his way of expression. Iqbal by D'Adamo, of course A Thousand Splendid Suns (my students liked it much better than the Kite Runner, but that was from several female perspectives.) The Princess Sultan series by Jean Sassoon, Blue Jasmine by Sheth, Broken Memory by Combres. That is all I can think of right now. We have an extremely large collection of Mutlicultural Books in our HS library and have them tagged as such. If I think of any more I will let you know..Good Luck
Just finished "Flash Burnout" by L.K. Madigan and highly recommend you add this one to your shelves. A bit too edgy for my middle school collection, this one will have all readers howling and is exceptionally appropriate for reluctant boy readers. Fun to find such a terrific first novel!