Books Can Be Wonderful!Mrs. Mohr’s Book Shopping Adventure for Period 6
What is this about? This weekend, I went shopping for books. I went with a printout of your survey responses in my hand. With your responses in mind, I went out in search of books you might like. I thought of your personalities and your reading desires and picked books that I felt you would truly love.
Who do I think would like this?CindyOscar S.I have a copy to lend! First come first serve! NightJohn “Imagine being beaten for learning to read, shackled and whipped for learning a few letters of the alphabet. Now, imagine a man brave enough to risk torture in order to teach others how to read; his name is Nightjohn, and he sneaks into the slave camps at night to teach other slaves how to read and write.” - Amazon.com (Used copies available for as little as $4)
Who do I think will like this?- Jose N- Oscar S Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totallynormal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Stevens world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brothers illness and his parentsattempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis. $7 at Barnes and Noble
Getting the Girl Cameron Wolfe is the quiet one in hisfamily, not a soccer star like his brother Steve or a charming fighter with a new girl every week like his brother Rube.Cam would give anything to be near one of those girls, to love her and treat her right. He especially likes Rubes latest, Octavia, with her brilliant ideas andbright green eyes. But what woman like that would want a loser like him? Maybe Octavia would, Cam discovers. Maybe hed even have something to say. And those maybes change everything: winning, loving, losing, the Wolfe brothers, and Cameron himself. Who do I think would like this book? Available on Amazon for $4 Jose N Rolando C
Project 17 High school senior Derikconvinces some classmates to spend the night in an abandoned mental institution. Derek plans to film the experience and enter it in a contest, hopingto save himself from a future of working in his parents diner. $3.60 on Amazon Who would like this? Karina Nayeli Victor
Free? Stories about Human Rights A boy who thinks that school is "slavery" learnsthe true meaning of the word when he stumbleson a secret child-labor factory. A Palestinian boy,mute from trauma, releases kites over a wall to a hilltop settlement, each bearing a message of peace. This inspiring, engaging anthology gathers an international roster of authors toexplore such themes as asylum, law, education,and faith — from a riveting tale of an attempt to find drinking water after Hurricane Katrina; to a chilling look at a future where microchips track every citizen’s every move; to a hilarious police interrogation involving the London Tower, the Crown Jewels, and a Ghanaian boy with a passion for playing marbles. Used copies available from Amazon for $6.50 Mrs. Mohr has a copy to lend. First come first Paola, Oscar S, and David would serve! probably enjoy this book.
Recommended for…- Naomi- Jose N Twisted High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn?t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father?s boss?s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy? and Tyler?s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world. Available on Amazon for $8
A comedy/sci-fi fantasy about Oliver Watson, an overweight 12-year-old from Omaha, NE, who fools his family and classmates into thinking that he is slow-witted when in fact he is the worlds third-richest person. He overthrows foreign dictators, owns corporations, is a successful inventor and investor, and is on the way to attaining his goal of world domination. This evil supergenius, who makes Artemis Fowl look ready for sainthood, has the appeal of acartoon villain. His father and arch nemesis is too involved in running a local PBS affiliate and too uninvolved in his son. What Oliver really wants is his dads approval and attention. He decides that the way to get this is to win the election for president of the eighth-grade class at Gale Sayers Middle School. Lieb perfectly captures the wise-guy sarcasm and trash mouth of a seventh-gradeevil genius. Readers will love the sci-fi/fantasytouches, from Olivers elaborate undergroundlair to the transmitter implanted in his jaw and his installing root beer and chocolate milk atthe schools water fountain (of course, only he knows how to make it work). For Zanette & Brandon $6 on Amazon
The Wave (Note: Mrs. Mohr HIGHLY recommends this book. It is short but impactful). The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969. The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action, " sweeps from the classroom through the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before its too late.Limited copies available on Amazon.Copies at Barnes and Noble for $6 Who would like this? Oscar S., Jose N., Nayeli
Small StepsTwo years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin,Texas, trying to turn his life around. But its hard when you have a record andeveryone expects the worst from you. Theonly person who believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake,comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X- Rays plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly Armpits life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: hell never be the same again. Available on Amazon from $5-$10 This one is totally for David, but Jose N & Denise will probably like it too
We Beat the Street Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck,George,and Sampson could easily havefollowed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. It took a lot ofdetermination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Amazon $8 Recommended for David, Paola, and maybe Jose N
Three Little Words (True Story) An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real- life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice. Amazon $10Recommended for Paola & Alejandra … maybe Michelle (but be forewarned it is a littlelong)
Books by John Green Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, The Fault in our Stars TOUCHING STORIES INTELLIGENT HUMOR, Zanette for sure would LOVE these. Paola, Denise, and Naomi would probably really like these too!Will make you laugh and cry, possibly in the same moment. ~$10 on Amazon
The Pregnancy ProjectA true story from a girl who decided to pretend to be pregnant to see how people would treat her. Limited copies available on Amazon for $8 Honestly… I didn’t really have someone specific in mind for this book, but it looked really good.
The Future of Us What if you could see how your lifewould unfold--just by clicking a button? Its 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an AmericaOnline CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend.They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders whattheir destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. Naomi, Gerry, and Paola might like this. It is by the author of Thirteen Reasons Why.
American Born Chinese Graphic Quick Read for Anyone Who Likes Novels (This one is in color)Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boyfrom Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin justwants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but totransfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands ofyears and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they Brandon & Cindy will like this book want fix the disasters their lives have become. $10 on Amazon (possibly used ones cheaper)
Stuck in Neutral Shawn McDaniels life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he cant even move his eyes. For all Shawns father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawns life is in danger. To the world, Shawns senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life. Recommended for Nayeli and possibly Victor$9 on Amazon. Mrs. Mohr has a copy to lend, first come, first serve
Friends with Boys Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie toface the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend— one who isn’t one of her brothers.Brandon is going to love this book. Gerry, it might be your style too! $10 on Amazon, some used copies available cheaper
It is my heart’s desire that youall always have a book that you can hardly put down!Many of these books are in our library. I am happy to help you search for cheap prices on buying these books online!