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A few days ago I asked for some fresh ideas for books appropriate to be taught in 
9th or 10th grade LA classes.  Here is a what was sent to me:
One of my favorite novels I remember reading in 7/8 grade is "The Illustrated Man" 
by Ray Bradbury.  
Feed by MT Anderson is one of the best, most intriguing Sci-Fi works I
have read in a long time.  It has strong language, but the themes and
content are phenomenal.  It was a runner up for the National Book
Award...and written just for teens.
First book that came to mind was The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. I 
kept trying to work it into my curriculum when I taught 9th grade - was going to do 
it along with The Odyssey and have  kids compare it to the epic format, but I never 
got around to it and was worried it would be too easy for them. This might be a 
good choice.
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd has been added to our curriculum and has 
been well received by staff and students.  Students are reading Godless by Pete 
Hautmann and My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  Check out the Best Books for YAs 
lists and Kay Vandergrift's Hot 100 ( search Kay Vandergrift Rutgers University on 
any search engine and her awesome pages will be hits).
Sleeping Freshman Never  Lie - David Lubar!!
Northern Light by Donnelly
Sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer
against the wishes of her father and boyfriend, takes a job at a hotel
in 1906 where the death of a guest renews her determination to live her
own life.

Just finished Horse Thief by Peck - lovely language - alliterations,
similes, metaphors, hyperbole, colloquial phrases.  1939ish Orphan boy
loves horses.  Boy and woman doctor and the doc's horse thief father
decide to save 13 horses from the dog food plant.  A bit of romance.
Different chapters told from different points of view.  Lots of literary
angles to pursue.
Life of Pi by Yan Martel
Cayla Armatti
Library Media Specialist
Lake Weir High School
Ocala, Florida
(352) 671-4820, or 5-8971
Outside a dog, a book is a man's best friend; inside a dog it's too dark to read. 
Groucho Marx

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