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YAL - help me pick my summer reading book club!

The high school where I teach started a wonderful new program last year -- summer reading book clubs. Since summer reading is not mandatory kids of course do not do it. To make it more meaningful than just doing a poster, we did book clubs last year and it was hugely successful! My choice was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and while the kids who picked my book really enjoyed it, I do not feel like there were many options geared toward teenagers!

I'm half-ready to pick The Hunger Games, but that was the Principal's book club last year, so tons of kids have already read it.

Please sell me on an engaging, intruiging book for young adults!!!

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Re: YAL - help me pick my summer reading book club!

  • I just finished reading Stolen by Lucy Christopher.  I think you could have some amazing conversations about this book.  Check it out!
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  • I just finished Please Ignore Vera Dietz and think it would work really great for a hs book club - there's a lot of opportunity to discuss a lot of issues like alcoholism, the death of a friend, domestic violence, etc. without getting preach-y about any of it.
  • Stolen is amazing!  Thirteen Reasons Why is also a great read and would lend itself well to discussion.
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  • image Kate&Mark:
    I just finished Please Ignore Vera Dietz and think it would work really great for a hs book club - there's a lot of opportunity to discuss a lot of issues like alcoholism, the death of a friend, domestic violence, etc. without getting preach-y about any of it.

    YES. I loved that book.

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    Thirteen Reasons Why is also a great read and would lend itself well to discussion.

    This!

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  • Oh man. So many good ones. 

    The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

    Looking For Alaska by John Green

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

    Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu

    Sea by Heidi R Kling

    The Things A Brother Knows by (oh man, I forget the author) 

    Those would all lead to some really good discussion! 

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    image Read2Me:
    Thirteen Reasons Why is also a great read and would lend itself well to discussion.

    This!

    I probably sound like a broken record... Thirteen Reasons Why is about consequences, choices, perceptions vs. reality and how ones actions (whether it's realize it or not) affect others. I've said it many times before, 13RW should be on HS required reading list. LOVE this book.

    Another one I think would be really good for discussion is Hate List by Jennifer Brown for the same reason as above with acceptance and forgiveness sprinkled in.

    Both books are realistic fiction that deal with tough subjects (suicide and school shooting).

    You've got a great list of suggestions so really you can't go wrong with any of them.

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  • I think a good choice might be "The boy who never slept and never had to"  It was a fun read about 2 high school boys and government conspiracy.
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