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Old 07-25-2011, 05:20 AM
 
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I decided this year I really need to spend more time reading some YA (11-13 year old specifically) books to make recommendations formy students. Want to do a lot more with giving students freedom to choose writing, but not sure where to start. Looking for more than recommendations, but places I should be looking, lists if you will, about books my kids might like. I read a great book this summer called [I]The Mosaic of Though.[I] That gives great advice, but those books are obviously not all geared towards my kids.
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My own children are really into fantasy, so that's pretty much all I can recommend.

In addition to Harry Potter, of course, there are several other series they like:

• Percy Jackson and the Olympians --- Rick Riordan
• The Kane Chronicles --- Rick Riordan
• The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel --- Michael Scott
• Charlie Bone --- Jenny Nimmo
• Erec Rex --- Kaza Kingsley
• The Underland Chronicles--- Suzanne Collins ( Gregor the Overlander is the first book in the series )
• Savvy ( Book 1 ) / Scumble ( Book 2 ) --- Ingrid Law
• The Missing --- Margaret Peterson Haddix

Lois Duncan has a lot of cool books --- usually with girls as the main character, and usually with some sort of paranormal storyline.


Non-fantasy books my kids like:

• The Mysterious Benedict Society --- Trenton Lee Stewart
• The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III --- Cressida Cowell
• The 39 Clues -- different authors

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This site is great for book lists, etc.

http://atn-reading-lists.wikispaces.com/

Do you use Goodreads? I've found it helpful in finding new books. I want to have my kids use it this year, but I haven't worked the kinks out of that yet.

For my personal recommendation, my kids are really into Hunger Games, Sarah Dessen's books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Bluford series.
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I would ask my students to recommend books. I always try to be reading the same books they are. I realize you are looking to GIVE recommendations, but find out what authors are popular from your students and go from there. Another great source for lists is goodreads dot com. There are dozens of lists of great YA lit on the site.
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Here are the book lists from Nancie Atwell's school site (author of the classic, In the Middle)--recommended by her students.

http://www.c-t-l.org/kids_recommend.html

I copied this from PT to keep for myself:

"In her 3 part article at Teacher Magazine web site, Miller (The Book Whisperer) lists "13 Books You Have To Read Before You Turn 13" which was compiled by one of her classes - these are kid recommendations. They are:
The City of Ember
*Where the Red Fern Grows
The Thief Lord
Tangerine
*Holes
The Schwa Was Here
The lightening Thief
The Outsiders
The View From Saturday
The House of the Scorpion
*The Boy Who Saved Baseball
*Maniac Magee
*The Giver"

Sorry, I don't remember what the asterisks stand for -- maybe Newbery medals?


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Forged By Fire
Darkness Before Dawn
Monstor
Theodore Boone Books ( there are two of them)
Miracles Boys
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If you recommend "The Giver," you must follow it with the other two books in the trilogy, "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger." Lois Lowery is also writing a fourth book to add to the trilogy right now.

My students also loved the trilogy "The Hunger Games", and the 4 book series "The Uglies."

Reluctant readers have always enjoyed "What Jamie Saw," and "The Willoughbys'"

They like it when you are able to recommend quality books they will enjoy reading. It is great that you are devoting this time to delve into literature to recommend them.
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My students LOVED The Hunger Games, (I want to pair it with Unwind by Neal Shusterman) Also popular is anything by Rick Riordan, Sara Dessen, and Darren Shan (Cirque du Freak)-this is perfect for reluctant readers.

I loved Anthony Horowitz's teenaged spy Alex Ryder: Point Blank, Ark Angel and others ; Zusak's The Book Thief ; Stork's Marcelo in the Real World ; anything by Chris Crutcher ; Little Brother by Cory Doctorow ; and Condie's Matched.

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