Young Adult Novels--Literature Circles


Young Adult Novels--Literature Circles

I am looking for new young adult novels to use in my 7th and 8th grade English classes. Give me your reviews.

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Great Literature for young Adults

Started by Bonney. Last reply by Jamie Jul 30, 2008. 2 Replies

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Comment by Lori Lisai on August 6, 2010 at 7:57pm
What books are your "must haves" for the classroom library this year?
Comment by Anne Akers on July 8, 2010 at 12:21pm
Another excellent book is The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman. (Starred review from School Library Journal; 2005 award from Boston Globe/Horn Book Magazine for fiction.)

This is a tale of a middle grades friendship that develops among three intertwining characters: "invisible" Calvin Schwa; Antsy Bonano the main character, and Lexie, the romantic interest who is also invisible in her own way. Humorous and thought-provoking, The Schwa was Here is a definite treat!
Comment by Anne Akers on March 6, 2010 at 1:51pm
Has anyone read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - it is a page turner!
Comment by Laura Gonzalez on March 1, 2010 at 10:51am
We use The Outsiders to introduce 7th grade students to literature circles. It's our hook-students-on-reading novel.
Comment by Danette Grossnickle on March 1, 2010 at 6:27am
I used this book as a read-a-loud. "Code Talker", by Joseph Burchac.
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Comment by Greg Flowers on March 1, 2010 at 6:09am
I know it may not seem like it, but Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was actually a pretty good read and there are multiple opportunities to teach Greek Mythology along with it. I read it myself and shared it with my nephew who absolutely loved it and can't wait to get his hands on my copy of the 2nd book.
Comment by Danette Grossnickle on February 28, 2010 at 3:09pm
At the beginning of this school year, I used "Where the Red Fern Grows", by Wilson Rawls. It was a huge hit. Afterwards, we watched the movie, which follows the book pretty closely, at least I thought.
Comment by Daniel Herrera on July 20, 2009 at 12:42am
I highly recommend Anna of Byzantium. It is mostly based on actual history. It celebrates the obscure life of one of the first female historians to ever be surpressed. The bottom line: kids dig the story because they can relate to it.
Comment by Terri Jacobson on August 2, 2008 at 6:24pm
I'm teaching The Misfits by James Howe this summer to 6th grade, The Watsons go to B'ham 1963, and a host of others. Favorites are The Giver for 7th or 8th grade, Wringer by Spinelli for 6th, Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne for 6-8th, and a new addition.... True Story of a Part time Indian by Sherman Alexie (tie in with Watsons on discrimination). All of these are meaty books that can encourage a host of discussions and unit ideas.
Comment by Connie Mitchum on July 31, 2008 at 6:14am
Diary Queen and The Off Season By Catherine Murdock, Space Station Seventh Grade by Jerry Spinelli are the biggest hits in my classroom. Sorry I took so long getting back to you on this.

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