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Aug 28, 2010 02:00PM

17941 That's good to hear. I just picked this up from the library, so I'll be reading it soon.
Aug 01, 2010 10:25AM

17941 I taught this one a couple of different ways. My honors students had done literature circles with it, where they guided their own discussion. I also had students emulate the writing and create their own vignettes. I loved some aspects that you could run with in a classroom, like fortune telling, that made it fun but also a great learning experience. This is a great book to be used in a classroom, if done right, of course, because it can be read on many different levels.

I only had one student who ever hated it. Her complaint was that it "broke" all rules of good writing.
Aug 01, 2010 10:20AM

17941 Thanks for posting this, Heather. It looks like a useful link!
17941 That sounds like a good idea, Cheyrl. Kind of like what Mic did with the bullying books...
Jul 31, 2010 08:43AM

17941 Ok, now that I am awake, I remembered the book. I haven't read it yet either, but I have heard people talk about how well it portrays bullying and the potential consequences.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown. It's about a girl who helped her boyfriend create a list of people they hate and he used it for his targets when he went into the school with the gun. She then returns for her senior year to deal with the aftermath and the implications of a list she helped create.

When I do read it, I can add more.
Jul 30, 2010 09:12PM

17941 Thanks. It sounds really good! I'll keep you posted.
Jul 30, 2010 09:08PM

17941 This is a good idea. I came across something recently that would go well here, but it has slipped my mind. I will find it and post it.
Jul 30, 2010 10:39AM

17941 I recently finished Need by Carrie Jones. I am about to start North of Beautiful and Bad Girls Don't Die.
17941 Welcome, Kirsten. That sounds like an interesting site. I think my students brought me back to YA, it was if I needed an excuse. However, on GoodReads, you can see we are not alone.
17941 Thanks Kellee! I just pulled out an old copy of English Journal and there was an article on Graphic Novels. It's a sign!

Amy, that link didn't work, but thanks for the attempt. I am taking a look around.
17941 I am definitely going to look the graphic novels sites up and Kellee, if you can let me know the name of the book when you go back. I know it will be awhile. So no rush :)
17941 This is the first year of teaching our lab classes. Essentially they are designed to build skills to pass the state test. It's a pretty open curriculum, so I can certainly give it a try. I also went to a workshop, but it wasn't the best, more like a list of graphic novels. Thanks for the suggestion and the welcome, Amy!
17941 Hi all, I teach high school English, currently ninth and tenth grade. A few years back my students and I had an informal book club after school which introduced me to a lot of YA titles. I have been exploring the genre ever since. Next year I will have a class of struggling readers and I am hoping this experience will help find something to engage them.
Jun 08, 2010 06:34PM

17941 Hey all, it's been a long time since I have read a YA book. I just got Birthmarked by Caragh O' Brien. Has anyone read it?
Sarah Dessen (8 new)
May 29, 2010 08:01AM

17941 My favorite of the three I have read was Just Listen. I also enjoyed Lock and Key. I have heard lots of good things about Truth about Forever. I believe I started a Sarah Dessen Thread awhile ago, you may find some good recommendations there. Good Luck
Dec 30, 2009 09:36AM

17941 I am reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It's really interesting so far.
Dec 22, 2009 06:14PM

17941 Cat 2: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (March 2009)

Oct 24, 2009 08:47AM

17941 I know one group has a list of books that the nominations are ongoing for and the mod randomly selects numbers and those are the books to vote off of for that month. You could do that with categories, the only problem is I think some months lend themselves well to certain categories and we might want to take advantage of that. With that being said I guess I feel pre-selecting may be better, even if it is just for the next three or four months. It might be more manageable than trying to pre-select for a year.
Sarah Dessen (58 new)
Oct 20, 2009 04:07PM

17941 I haven't but it does look good. I usually check out what's in the library, because I read them way too fast. I'll check it out and if you do get to it, I'd love to hear what you think about it.
Sarah Dessen (58 new)
Oct 19, 2009 05:36PM

17941 Dreamland was not one of my favorites. I think my problem was with the character, not the book or the writing though. I don't want to say too much because I don't remember what the description of the book said and I don't want to give too much away.

I would recommend Just Listen though, if you haven't read it. I still have to read Truth about Forever.
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