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We just got a great grant and I can buy a few sets of books for my 7th grade reading remediation students. They are not low readers, just more like motivation readers. What titles would you get? I teach in a predominantly African-American school, mostly boys in my classes, smallish town, and semi-conservative.

I know I'm getting The Outsiders, and we're reading Maniac Magee
right now. I would like some kind of animal-based book, but Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller and Sounder are all taught in the elementaries here.

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The book that hooks in a lot of my 7th grade boys is "Crossing the Wire" by Will Hobbs. It deals with a young boy crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico mostly by himself. He has numerous adventures along the way involving coyotes (human ones), the Border Patrol, and figuring out how to survive the trip in general. I teach in Arizona, but I think it would work anywhere. Glad you got a grant for books!
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Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Myers is an award-winning author and several of his books could prove to be useful for you! His books are pretty popular.

Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson. Since its publication, this story was turned into a TV miniseries on "The N" network, and so it could be watched and extended in a lesson comparing the book to the TV version.

There was a similar topic on another site, and I also suggested The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. I think it's a really good book and appeals to boys.


I suggested The Outsiders, too! I think that is a great pick.
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Crossing the Wire sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Since you mentioned animals, try Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. It's another award-winning adventure about a troubled boy who spends time in Alaska, where he encounters a bear.


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Gary Paulsen (Hatchet, Harris and Me, etc.)
Freak the Mighty
Crash by Jerry Spinelli

animal book--how about White Fang?

I read about the Bluford High series, but is it aimed more at girls?

I discovered this web site through PT
http://www.guysread.com/books/
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Christopher Paul Curtis.... Watson's Go to Birmingham

If you are looking for a book to "hook" your readers. Sort of a lower reading level, but the content is def. middle school
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What about Animal Farm? I taught that to seventh graders my first year teaching.

I also would consider Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and/or its sequel Let the Circle Be Unbroken. (There is a third book in the series, but I can't remember its title.)
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Try nontraditional
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The kids always read the same books in school. Try something more to date. I would suggest The Maximum Ride novels. They are on level and good reads. James Patterson is big on getting kids to read more.
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I would be wary of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian--there is some mature content there!


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Tangerine by Edward Bloor is a favorite of my 7th grade students, especially boys.
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Too mature in theme
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Don't you think the Absolutely True Diary is a little mature with all the language, sexual content, and other content? I think there are many other books out there that would be a lot more appropriate for 7th and 8th graders. Just my 2 cents.
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You think so? I didn't think it was too much worse with the content than something like The Outsiders , and I've certainly seen it popular with male readers, but you may be right. It may be more appropriate for high school students.
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Erin Hunter's books...
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"The Warriors" (cat clan) and "The Seekers" (bear clan) series are great animal books. Lots of my 7th graders are hooked on these books.
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My students have really enjoyed SPIRIT BEAR and a book entitled GAMES. GAMES is about two boys who are constantly fist fighting with each other. The principal has the boys spend the next several weeks of lunches in his office alone with nothing but their lunch and a board game. By playing the games and talking they find their lives are not as different as they thought.

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Another one
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I forgot to mention the Hunger Game Series.
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I second Freak the Mighty!!! Our students LOVE it!
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Question about Tangerine
Old 11-14-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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I've heard this book is great. Can you tell me a little more about it? I've read the description on Amazon, but what do you think the kids like about the book?
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