Author Archives: Mr. Pearson

The Misfits

The Misfitsmisfits

James Howe

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 274

Age Range: 11 and up

Year: 2001

Genre: Humor, Realistic

This book is about four seventh grade friends named Bobby, Addie, Joe and Skeezie who are the “Misfits” of their school. After being taunted by their peers for being different in some sort of way they decide to band together to run against the popular kids in the classroom in a political race. At first many people get upset with them, but then soft-spoken Bobby really tells what it is like to be name called all the time. At that point everybody in the school starts to take the group very seriously and gives Bobby a lot of credit.

Perfect book for any preteen or middle school age kid. It talks about bullying and stereotyping in a fun easy read. I really think all kids between 11-14 would really like this book and find it very relatable.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: James Howe, Genre: Humor, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Scary Stories Treasury

Scary Stories TreasuryScary Stories Treasury

Alvin Schwartz

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 325

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1985

Genre: Horror

Just how scary are these tales of horror? They are so frightening that this is one of the most often banned or challenged books in the country! This edition collects all three of the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books in one place. In these classic tales, perfect for reading out loud over a campfire or just creeping yourself out at night, you will encounter ghosts, living scarecrows, haunted houses, evil animals, escaped murderers, invasive insects, and sinister strangers. Balancing out the horror, many of the stories have a lot of humor too!

This is a perfect book for the horror lover. Many of the tales and images haunt me to this day. After I first read these stories as a kid, I was scared to even open the book again! My favorite story is “Harold”. A warning: the Scary Stories series has recently been republished with new illustrations by Brett Helquist. The original drawings by Stephen Gammell are far better and much scarier. Make sure to pick up a copy of the books with Gammell’s illustrations!

– Mr. Pearson

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Alvin Schwartz, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 1980s

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2007

Genres: Realistic

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book about a teenage girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind cassettes to tell why. Clay, the boy who had a crush on her, discovers the tapes on his doorstep and his life is forever changed by finding out the thirteen reasons why Hannah took her life.

This is a powerful book that takes on a tough topic. Would be a great book for any adolescent to read to get a better understanding of the power of human relations and suicide.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jay Asher, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil

Page Count: 512

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Two girls, Agatha and Sophie, are the best of friends. In a small village of Gavaldon, two children will get selected to attend the school of good or the school of evil. Sophie, hoping to get selected for the school of good actually got put into the school of evil and her friend Agatha got put into the school of good. As they try to switch places, things happen to prove they were put into the right schools.

Everyone will enjoy this novel because it talks about the importance of friendship. Whether you are good or evil, true friendship conquers all.

– Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Soman Chainani, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 2010s

Half Upon a Time

Half Upon a Time

James Riley

Quick Stats:Half Upon a Time

Page Count: 416

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The main character, Jack, son of the infamous Jack and the Bean Stalk, lives in the fairy tale world. Trying to restore his family’s reputation, he embarks on an adventure with a princess name May. May, however isn’t a princess, she is from our world. Together with Jack, they both adventured on this crazy and wild fairy tale land.

This book is fun and hilarious, I know every one will enjoy it. For City of Lakes AmeriCorps members, it’ll bring back childhood memories and for middle school students, it’ll help them realized how fun it is to be young and full of energy.

– Ms. Nancy

 

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: James Riley, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 400-500, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

Letting Ana Go

Letting Ana GoLetting Ana Go

Anonymous

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 279

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Realistic

Letting Ana Go is the journal of a 16 year old girl who develops an eating disorder after her parents divorce. She is on the cross country team at school, and is one of their fastest runners. She starts restricting her calories and running extra miles to keep up with one of her best friends who is trying to lose weight for a ballet audition, and she believes that her boyfriend will dump her if she isn’t perfect. This book is an inside look at how an eating disorder can take hold and disrupt a person’s life, and it shows how quickly you can lose control.

Anorexia is a deadly disease, but because our culture idolizes rail-thin models, a lot of young girls don’t realize that they are harming themselves if they don’t eat enough, and they feel proud of themselves for having control over their bodies. I would recommend this book to young girls who are worried about their bodies or who feel like they need to be skinny to be happy and to have friends. I would also recommend it to people who know somebody who might have an eating disorder because this book might help you to understand what they are going though. By reading Ana’s journal, you get to see how hard it really is to get better once you have started. The book is tragic, but very honest.

– Miss Rachel

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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Author: Anonymous, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

Katie Sise

Quick Stats:The Boyfriend App

Page Count: 320

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2013

Genre: Mystery, Realistic, Romance

Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to graduate. The once popular girl who had lots of admirers and friends isn’t quite the same after her father’s death and the loss of her one time best friend Blake… the resident mean girl. A contest is announced that will provide the winner with 200k to use to attend the college of their choice. Audrey needs to win. And so… The Boyfriend App is created.

Readers who enjoy twists and turns (and stories about redemption!) will love The Boyfriend App. The story goes places you wouldn’t expect from a tech-savvy romance.

– Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Katie Sise, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Realistic, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s