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Best Books of January 2011

February 1st, 2011 (06:52 pm)

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Current Song: Without a Trace score music

January 2011: 21 books + scripts read

Non-Fiction Must-Have
Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business by Bonnie Gillespie

Recommended for ages 7 and up
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han

Recommended for ages 10 and up
Wish by Joseph Monninger
Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle
Violet in Bloom by Lauren Myracle
Thirteen Plus One by Lauren Myracle

Recommended for Teens
Sphinx's Queen by Esther Friesner (sequel to Sphinx's Princess)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart (fourth and final volume in the Ruby Oliver series)
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

The Play's the Thing
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) libretto by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
8th Grade Recommendation

I just came across your site and love the various reading lists you've put together. Perhaps you can help me with my dilemma.

I've been reading A Separate Peace as a whole-class novel with 8th graders (I inherited the curriculum), and although both the backdrop (WWII) and themes (coming-of-age, competition, friendship, identity. . .) are compelling, the writing is too difficult for a handful of students so they resort to cliffnotes and sparknotes. Do you have any suggestions for one or two alternative novels?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 8th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: 8th Grade Recommendation

Hello there! Here are two titles I highly recommend for your classroom:

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - Perfect for that age, intelligent mystery, wonderful cast of characters (various ages, races, interests, and backgrounds; strong characters of both gender)

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - Great discussion topics and messages.

Please let me know if you'd like additional recommendations. I'm always thrilled to assist with curriculum line-ups.

Here's my booklist of Middle School Must-Haves:

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