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The Misfits

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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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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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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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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines

John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 272

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2008

Genre: Realistic

Right after intellectual child-prodigy Colin Singleton graduates from high school, his girlfriend (who, like the 18 young women and girls whom he claimed as girlfriends over the years, is named Katherine) breaks up with him and sends him into a total funk. His best friend, Hassan, determines that he can only be cured with a road trip. After some rather aimless driving, the two find themselves in Gutshot, TN, where locals persuade them to stay. There, Colin spends his spare time working on a mathematical theorem of love, hypothesizing that romantic relationships can be graphed and predicted.

Anyone who has enjoyed John Green books should like this one! Like most of his novels, it’s told from a male teenager’s perspective, but the female character is more well-rounded than in Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. Our main character, Colin, loves anagrams and math, so anyone with those interests might enjoy the story.

Ms. Ashley

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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Page Count: 205

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1968

Genre:Fantasy

Duny is a boy living on an island. One of the best-written fantasy novels of all time, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of his life as he grows in knowledge not just of magic, but of the world, and himself.

Anyone who likes fantasy will like this book, but it will also appeal to those who don’t always enjoy fantasy, as it is a very original and thoughtful take on the genre, and is much deeper and more relatable to real experience than many fantasy novels.

Mr. Coleman

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Quick Stats:

Age Range: 14 and uph

Page Count: 224

Year: 1979

Genre: Humor, Scifi

This funny spoof on sci-fi novels is one of the most classic humorous books ever written. Arthur Dent is a very normal man living in England, until one day his house is slated for demolition in order to build a highway bypass. Will Earth suffer a similar fate? Arthur travels throughout the whole galaxy on a quest to discover the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Anyone with a good sense of humor will like this book, although it is probably better suited towards 8th graders and older. Definitely not intended for children, but accessible and enjoyable to teens nonetheless.

Mr. Coleman

 

 

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The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 215e

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1986

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

April moves in with her grandmother, Caroline, temporarily so her mother can pursue her dream of a singer/actress. April does not make friends easily but when she moves into la Casa Rosada, she meets Melanie. Melanie and April share the interest of Egypt. With the help of Marshall, Elizabeth and later on Ken and Toby, the Egypt Game came to life. But when a murder happens in the neighborhood, suddenly the game seems a little too real.

The book is filled with life events many students can relate to as well as witnessing and reading the absolute power of imagination. This is a fun read for anyone in 7th grade and up.

Miss Samantha

 

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