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43519 I can't not also recommend Main Street, over 100 years old now, but still relevant as root cause of small town death and eventual big box takeover.
Jun 23, 2014 07:32AM

43519 You might try Driftless by David Rhodes -- set in Wisconsin, and in part follows the pressures of a private dairy farm against the power of the dairy co-op machine.
43519 Except for the self-questioning bit, Foucault! (He never questions himself...)
Jul 21, 2011 05:13AM

43519 karen, A la Carte looks like a new and interesting idea. Gangsta Rap not so much, but it won an ALA teen book award...I'd read them if you wanted to pass them along.
Jun 15, 2011 08:32PM

43519 Yes, I can see the retribution coming, and I get where Sister Souljah is going, yes, yes. And I'm not pretending that teens don't have sex or use drugs or swear a lot, but I'm real worried about assigning it in a college-bound classroom. "Whad'ya do in class today, dear?" "We talked about that awesome time we got our cherries popped by identical twins in 6th grade." How do you answer that phone call?
Jun 15, 2011 08:16PM

43519 Um, jesus, karen, can I teach Coldest Winter Ever in a school-sponsored high school summer program? I didn't suggest this for the list, but the director snuck it in there, and I can't believe she would have if she'd read it. I'm 60 pages in and don't know what to do with this. I don't believe in censorship, but I do believe in not getting sued by parents!!
Jun 14, 2011 09:29AM

43519 So our group of about 26 kids met for the first time yesterday, and selections for small group reads were made. The boys chose The Contender and Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, and the girls chose Make Lemonade, Black Girl Lost and The Coldest Winter Ever. I'll let you know how they go over...
May 30, 2011 09:37PM

43519 Wow! A bonanza! Each site featured a few on my list and lots more I'm not familiar with. Thank you!
Lisa, the kids are 9-12th grade, but reading level is more 6th-10th grade, but requiring mature urban themes. A trilogy I will absolutely be including is Virginia Euwer Wolff's True Believer series. Outstanding stuff written in short prose; racial identity is never stated, just implied -- had my crying in public.
May 30, 2011 05:24AM

43519 I've heard good things about this series, but it won't work for this group. We need realism that our readers can identify with very literally. But thank you!
May 29, 2011 06:59AM

43519 I'll be participating in a summer program for African-American highschool students, reading urban fiction. It's very hard to find urban fiction that is not sexually graphic. There are a few standards that schools and libraries seem to lean on, but does anyone have some fresh suggestions? Particularly urban fiction set in Chicago would be perfect.
43519 this is...a lot. I think teen might be appropriate. karen, I would prefer one personal recommendation from you (or any reader) rather than a whole list with question marks. Anyone read I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President? I've heard talk...
43519 I'm thinking of starting a discussion group/summer seminar in my bookstore concerned with bullying in our schools. It's a real problem here and just got personal in the last few weeks. My local library is sorely lacking in helpful titles. I'd like a few helpful non-fiction titles for parents and mentors, but I'm really interested in a list of fiction for kids experiencing bullying, ages 10-18. Also, special consideration for titles dealing with sexual orientation. I'll be asking adult participants to consider offering volunteer opportunities for kids that provide "safe environments" to pursue their interests, etc. Any other ideas are welcome.
43519 OMG. karen, are you witnessing the serendipity your book thread has provided?!? Mike, I'm very excited to be working with you in the future. Are you implying that Iowa City is headed for apocalyptic winter? Can't wait! What did you buy at my store? Are you from Iowa?
43519 Peggy is sending me one! Thanks, Mike.
43519 I'm a merch manager at B&N in Iowa City, IA. If you're ever in the area consider yourself welcome to sign stock!
43519 Thanks, karen! Hey, Mike, do my chances improve if I tell you I'm a big-mouthed bookseller? Earthquake at Dawn looks good, too. Thanks for the rec!
43519 Yay! My chances are a strong 1:1228. I'm as good as in. This looks just right. Thanks, Vinaya!
43519 Ooh, what a treat. Thanks for your list, Jaye!
43519 Yes, the plot can be fiction, but the setting should be real. I'm suddenly remembering George R. Stewart, but I think most of his natural disaster stories are out of print...
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