“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” –Thoreau

26 August 2010

Reading list:

My soon-to-be mother-in-law works as the head of an alternative school, and she recently asked me to recommend some books for her teaching staff to use with their kids. Most of the students are in 9th-12th grade, but some are as young as 5th. Here is the short list I gave her. I starred the books which might work for younger kids. I'd recommend any of these titles to anyone, regardless of age. They're great books.


POPULAR WITH BOYS
***The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
"Ender's Game" by Orsin Scott Card
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
"I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov
"Looking For Alaska" by John Green
"One L" by Scott Turow
"The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
***"Keeper" by Mal Peet


POPULAR WITH GIRLS
"Trickster's Choice" by Tamora Pierce
***"Wise Child" by Monica Furlong
"Jacob Have I Loved" by Katherine Patterson
"Graceling" by Kristin Cashore
"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
***"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
"The Only Alien on the Planet" by Kristen D. Randle
***"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi
"Before We Were Free" by Julia Alvarez
***"Catherine Called Birdy" by Karen Cushman


POPULAR WITH BOTH
***The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
"The Hunger Games", "Catching Fire", and "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins
"The Dead Father's Club" by Matt Haig
"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi
***"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
***"Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld
"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
***"The View From Saturday" by E.L. Konigsburg
"The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman
"Wait Till Next Year" by Doris Kearns Goodwin