September 13, 2011

Wanna Know What Our Seniors Read?

I'm always looking for good books for our students to read. (You: Tell me something I don't know, Ms. Lindsay...)

So when I discovered Mr. Hodara's Senior English website, with a discussion board revolving around what Seniors read over the summer, I was all eyes.

I loved reading the posts!

Mr. Hodara kindly gave me permission to share the summer reads that his students discussed.
(in no particular order)
  1. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
  2. Water for Elephants, Gruen
  3. *Shanghai Girls, See
  4. The Lovely Bones, Sebold
  5. *The Color Code, Hartman
  6. Hunter Games, Collins
  7. Mockingjay, Collins 
  8. Catching Fire, Collins
  9. *Eyes of the Emperor, Salisbury
  10. Under the Blood Red Sun, Salisbury
  11. Dreams From My Father, Obama
  12. Travels with Charley, Steinbeck
  13. Lock and Key, Dessen
  14. That Summer, Dessen
  15. Along for the Ride, Dessen
  16. Gone With the Wind, Mitchell
  17. Looking for Alaska, Green
  18. The Path of the Assassin, Thor
  19. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, Colfer
  20. Ender's Game, Card
  21. *A Dance with Dragons, Martin
  22. The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien
  23. The Two Towers, Tolkien
  24. *The Rogue Crew, Jacques
  25. *The Evolution of Calpurina Tate, Kelly
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling
  27. Into the Wild, Krakauer
  28. *The Sicilian, Puzo
  29. Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
  30. *At First Choice, Sparks
  31. Shantaram, Roberts
  32. *Again to Carthage, Parker
  33. A Long Way Gone, Beah
  34. *Pipe Dreams, Slater
  35. Angela's Ashes, McCourt
  36. *The Social Animal, Brooks
  37. A Room With a View, Forester
  38. Feed, Anderson
  39. Battle Royale, Takami
  40. Forever, Blume
  41. Speak, Anderson
  42. Siddhartha, Hesse
  43. *Thin, Rich, Pretty, Harbison
  44. The Glass Castle, Walls
  45. The Warlock, Scott
  46. A History of Pi, Martel
  47. *Haunt Me Still, Carrell
  48. *Maps of Bones, Rollins
  49. Fallen Angels, Myers
  50. Animal Farm, Orwell
  51. Hatchet, Paulsen
  52. *Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, Rotella
  53. Angels and Demons, Brown
  54. *Seven Summits, Bass, et al.
  55. Nine Stories, Salinger
  56. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  57. Outliers, Gladwell
  58. Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner
  59. Brunelleschi's Dome, King
  60. Ishmael, Quinn
  61. *Flags of Our Fathers, Bradley
  62. A Million Little Pieces, Frey
  63. The Devil in the White City, Larson
  64. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Larsson
  65. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Larsson
  66. *Procession of the Dead, Shan
  67. *Crazy for the Storm, Ollestad
  68. The Hobbit, Tolkien
  69. On the Road, Kerouac
  70. White Oleander, Fitch
  71. *Ahab's Wife, Naslund
  72. *Admission, Korelitz
  73. *The China Study, Campbell
  74. *Uncommon Criminals, Carter
  75. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Shaffer and Barrows
  76. The Diary of a Young Girl, Frank
  77. *The Hawaiians (Version Often Untold)
  78. The Help, Stockett
  79. *Leviathan Wakes, Corey
  80. The Naked Sun, Asimov
* = We don't already have these. Ordering ...

Our Seniors know I treasure these book reviews. Here's a blast from the past (remember Middle School Readers Advisory at lunch?), for our Seniors' enjoyment.

video
Review of The Guardians of Gahoole, 4:06 min.

MAHALO to Brendan, for allowing me to share this golden oldie!  His recommendations have helped a lot of our Middle School readers over the years. And there were other lunchtime book reviewer stars too: Laura, Kyla, Justine, Nick, Haley -- thanks very much!

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