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Adolescent Literature

We examine books for young adults so we can better understand what makes them tick. Share your reads with us.

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Comment by Kirsten Cappy on April 21, 2010 at 7:44pm
Grand!! Win a classroom set of a new middle school novel about poor Hamlet Kennedy, the daughter of Shakespeare scholars who dress, eat, and speak 16th Century. Librarians and regular old readers can enter too. Simply link thru, print a Yorick skull, pose, and photograph! Huzzah!

The Hamlet Look-Alike Contest
Comment by Linda Janney on April 18, 2010 at 1:19pm
I just finished the Girl in the Green Sweater; interesting Holocaust survivor story about a family who lives in the sewers of Lvov, Poland for 13 months until they are liberated. The people who aide in their hiding are sewer workers. The human will to survive under the most horrible of circumstances is remarkable.
Comment by Alan Teasley on April 16, 2010 at 5:27pm
Amy: I'm in the middle of HG right now. Don't tell me how it ends! Wait--there's a sequel? Whew! Glad to know the middle schoolers like it. Are you finding ways to connect it to the current craze for Reality TV? Do they get the implied satire/social criticism, or are they just enjoying the really good story-telling?
Comment by Amy Raemisch on April 16, 2010 at 10:36am
In my 7/8 class we are reading Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins too. The students are loving this book! I have never had my students so interested in a novel before...they are asking for me to read to them and they are disappointed if they are absent from class and miss a chapter. I would highly recommend this book. THe class is looking forward to hearing the sequel, Catching Fire, which we will be reading when we finish the first book!
Comment by Shawn LaTorre on March 16, 2010 at 6:11pm
o link with a study of Asia, our students enjoy When My Name was Keoko and Iqbal. Our essential questions varied, but ones that seemed to get the students writing quite a bit upon completion were: How do people cope when times get tough? and How can literature serve as an instrument for change?
Comment by Kristina Ashley on March 16, 2010 at 6:10am
My middle school girls have been LOVING the "What If?" series. It's a throwback to what we remember as "Choose your own adventure" novels, but with a friendship/relationship element that really hits where girls are at at this age. It's gotten a few of my non-readers to really pick up a book!
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 1, 2010 at 7:23am
Hey Everyone, if you're not in the Graphic Novels & Comics group you're missing Stergious' weekly blogs on new and cool GNs. Check out this week's post:

Not quite Twilight - Life Sucks: New post at Graphic Novel Resources!
Comment by Melissa Aviles on February 10, 2010 at 11:57pm
Erin your students are really going to enjoy those books!
Comment by Erin Quinn on February 5, 2010 at 11:59am
So funny, Melissa! I just ordered The Hunger Games and The Knife of Never Letting Go to do as lit circles. :)
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 25, 2010 at 3:04pm
check out the new graphic novel blogroll & comics creation software links above the discussion forum in the Comics group - we're building a pretty impressive set of resources written by MC POPPERS!

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