I just received an email from my advisor/YA Lit professor with a list for what we’ll be reading this semester. It’s at least a few books a week (so I’ll be achieving Jo Knowles’s recommended amount!).
Here’s the list with my notations:
Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy.
Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. – Own it, haven’t read it. (Bought it at a library sale.)
Head, Ann. Mr. And Mrs. Bo Jo Jones.
Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender.
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. – Read it in middle or high school.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Winter Girls.
Frank, E.R. America.
Johnson, Angela. First Part Last.
Dessen, Sarah. This Lullaby. – Sarah Dessen lives in Chapel Hill and I think both of her parents are professors at the university. (I think her mom, in fact, is a Classics professor who spoke to my students once when I taught in Chapel Hill.) It’d be cool if, you know, she came to our class. She probably won’t, though.
Gaiman, Neil and Terry Prachett. Good Omens. – Read it a few years ago, and I’m pretty sure Will owns it.
Lynch, Chris. Slot Machine.
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief
Blundell, Judy. What I Saw and How I Lied
Nixon, Joan Lowery. Name of the Game is Murder.
Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. – Read it a year and a half ago and gave my copy away. I wish I’d thought to keep it, but I know it won’t be hard to find again. (I just hope I can get it used instead of new.)
Jones, Diana Wynne. The Pinhoe Egg.
Westerfeld, Scott. The Uglies. – Read it a little more than 2 years ago, still have it. It’ll be good to re-read as I never finished the series.
Myers, Walter Dean. Here in Harlem.
Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Helfer, Andrew. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography.
Pardes, Bronwen. Doing it Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices about Sex.
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
De la Pena, Matt. Mexican WhiteBoy.
Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese.
Hale, Shannon, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale. Rapunzel’s Revenge.
We also need to keep a journal about these, informal, to refer to during class discussions. I think my reviewing process here has prepared me really well for that. Yay!
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