Category Archives: Human Rights Issues

Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: Nonfiction: “Missoula”

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer  Missoula, Montana is a college town and just about everyone there loves the University of Montana Grizzlies football team. Yet in the early 2010’s, the team was … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: Nonfiction: “In the Garden of Beasts”

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson    William E. Dodd wasn’t President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first choice for United States Ambassador to Germany in the early 1930s, just as Adolf Hitler rose to power–nor even the president’s second … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “The Harder They Come”

The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle    A cruise to Central America and a stop in Costa Rica sound like a vacation dream for a middle class retired couple. After all, Costa Rica is supposed to be a … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “All the Light We Cannot See”

  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A French girl whose father is the master of the locks at the Museum of Natural History in Paris goes blind when she is only six years old. Her father … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “The Age of Acquiescence”

Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser    I picked up Age of Acquiescence because it was recommended as a companion work to Capital in the 21st Century.  Age of Acquiescence … Continue reading

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“Send”

Send by Patty Blount   “A punch to the jaw wasn’t how I imagined starting my first day at another new school, but fate had a warped sense of humor.” So begins Send, with Daniel (and/or Ken) making the decision … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Readers: “August”

August by Bernard Beckett    I’ve been looking for books for our deeper thinkers. August is one. Unfortunately, the cover description says it’s a “philosophical thriller” and also gives the reader the impression that it will be a love story. … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Bullying: “Give a Boy a Gun”

I’m thinking about my book talks with Read 180 classes tomorrow. I read Give a Boy a Gun for the first time last night–it stands the time of time. Still compelling. Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser   … Continue reading

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Common Core: Adult Nonfiction: “Deep Down Dark”

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar    Although you are very young, you may remember the collapse of the San Jose Mine in Chile back in August 2010. This was such a huge news story. Thirty-three men were trapped in … Continue reading

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Reason to Breathe

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan Emma—Emily—Thomas is good at hiding despite the fact that she’s very involved in school. She’s a straight ‘A’ student and the editor of the school newspaper as well as a track and basketball star. … Continue reading

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