Tag Archives: bullying

“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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Nonfiction: Common Core: “The Sociopath Next Door”

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout   Something that has always interested me about people who are charismatic is how often they turn out to be evil. In school, we all learn this about dictators–watch film of them mesmerizing … Continue reading

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“I’ll Give You the Sun”

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson “How can love be such a wrecking ball?” Noah and Jude are twins who have distinct personalities but sense that they are two halves of a perfect whole. While both are artistic … 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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Adult Books for Teens: “A Tale for the Time Being”

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki     Nao, a Japanese American girl, was born in California’s Silicon Valley, her father a successful ‘dot-com’ programmer. But as time passes, her dad and his projects become superfluous. In dire straits, … Continue reading

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“My Side”

          My Side by Norah McClintock Addie is trying to pull her life back together after being lured into the woods and then having a sack thrown over her head by a knife-wielding, masked person. When she is locked in … Continue reading

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“Please Ignore Vera Dietz”

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King  I’m sorry I ignored Vera Dietz for so long, but I finally had the chance to read her story. And loved it. Smart, witty, tragic, redeeming. By turns, of course. Charlie Kahn … Continue reading

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“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass”

     Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina You’d think that this was just a titillating title for a silly girl-drama book. But you’d be wrong. Yaqui Delgado wants to Kick Your Ass is a really good … Continue reading

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“Responsible”

Responsible by Darlene Ryan I know everyone is focused on finals and the winter break. Study hard and then then relax with a good book over the holidays!  I’m thinking about the Read 180 classes because they are the first … Continue reading

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“Stupid Fast”

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach  Felton Reinstein has never had it easy. Only five years old, he was the one who found his father dead, hanging in the garage. His mother decided the best thing to do was to burn … Continue reading

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