Today’s Book Talks

I asked our media center librarians to visit my sophomore classes to tell us about new books and other titles that might be of interest. Why haven’t I done this before? What a cool class session! Each librarian “talked” a different list, and every student made a list of the titles that caught their attention.

Fifth Period

Susan Campbell Bartoletti: The Boy Who Dared

Mary Hooper: Newes from the Dead

Christine Fletcher: Ten Cents a Dance

Mark J. Ferrari: The Book of Joby

Carol Lynch Williams: The Chosen One

Gemma Malloy: The Declaration

Lori Lansens: The Girls

Padma Venkatraman: Climbing the Stairs

Cory Doctorow: Little Brother

Matthew Dicks: Something Missing

James Riordan: The Sniper

Polly Shulman: The Grimm Legacy

e. Lockhart: Fly on the Wall

Lauren Myracle: Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

Carrie Ryan: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Susan Colebank: Black Tuesday

K.S.R. Kingworth: Secret Speaker

Charles Benoit: You

Alexander Gordon Smith: Lockdown

Kathy Mackel: Boost

Jessica Warman: Breathless

Ryan Smithson: Ghosts of War

David Small: Stitches

7th Period

Oscar Hijuelos: Dark Dude

Yann Martel: Life of Pi

Simone Elkeles: Leaving Paradise

Jodi Picoult: My Sister’s Keeper

Joyce Carol Oates: We Were the Mulvaneys

Kathryn Stockett: The Help

Tony Romano: When the World Was Young

Paul Volponi: Rucker Park Setup

Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees

Mary Roach: Stiff

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner: Freakonomics

Kate Morgenroth: Jude

Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Lynne Truss: Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Julia Alvarez: In the Time of Butterflies

Chris Bohjalian: Midwives

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca

Seth Grahame-Smith: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Jodi Picoult: Nineteen Minutes

Chris Crutcher: Angry Management

Art Spiegelman: Maus

Your comments about these lists or ideas about book talks are definitely welcome.  Thanks for reading.

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One Response to Today’s Book Talks

  1. Grace white says:

    Good to hear you found a way to help students find a book they might like to read. All to0 often, I find it’s not that kids don’t want to read as much as it is they experience difficulty finding th at just right book; the one that I call the edge of the seat reading kind!
    I also invite fellow staff in on various days, to share a talk about their current book. Just to get them to see all types of people read; not just me- their teacher.
    Great stuff, Gary!


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