Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Are You Reading?

“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for book lovers to share their reading accomplishments as well as what is on the proverbial nightstand. She even does a giveaway. Subsequently Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Textsadded an opportunity for those reading kidlit to join the fun. Since I read both I will post to both. Check them out, join the conversations, and discover more great books.

Books marked with an '*' I would put in my classroom library.
Books marked with a '#' would be in an middle or high school library.
Books marked with a ‘!’ would be good PD/teacher resource.

 The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
A collection of Tupac’s poetry published posthumously.

# The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The journey of a group of high school students brought together as they form a band, and not just a band that plays in someone’s garage. This band actually has the opportunity to go places.

#  Cracked by K.M. Walton
What happens when a boy who attempts suicide ends up sharing a room in the psych ward with his greatest bully? This story uncovers the story and the depth of people you think you know.

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Over all the story is strong, but the middle got very slow for me and I, who have a very hard time abandoning books, nearly did. Glad I stuck with it, but not strong enough for my classroom. Great book for the right kids. The story of two high school boys’ friendship.

!  When Kids Can't Read by Kylene Beers
Strong resource for teachers who want to help kids read. Targeted for secondary teachers, but good foundation for anyone.

#  Played by Dana Davidson
I read this in one sitting – page turner! He is trying to fit in with the cool crowd and she is enjoying the boy she has had her eye on. He is using her. She is falling in love. What happens now?

 Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Starting in the ghetto of Krakow this novel is based on a boy’s experience as the Nazi’s take over.

 Money-Savvy Kids by J Raymond Albrektson
Great ideas, but not a strong resource.


  1. Aristotle and Dante was one of my great reads this year. I enjoyed Saenz' writing so much that I also picked up his "Last Night I Sang to the Monsters" - that one was a very powerful read.

    1. I will have to check out "Last Night I Sang to the Monsters". Thanks.

  2. You have a terrific list here. I am intrigued by Cracked -- I will check that out, as it sounds like something my daughter and I would enjoy. I am also interested in Prisoner B-3087 and When Kids Can't Read.