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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
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Nov 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mentor-text-set, chapter-book
Read in November, 2010

Readers will find more adolescent angst in this novel like Speak, yet the tone is much lighter. Scott, a high school freshman, attempts to cope with life's challenges by writing a "survival guide" for his soon-to-be-born-sibling. He keeps a diary that is both "laugh-out-loud" funny and touchingly wise.

This novel is a perfect mentor text for essays of personal reflection and memoirs. Attract students' attention by isolating passages where Scott's voice resonates. The September 6th entry illustrates Scott's voice and his amusing sense of humor. Add his Tom Swifties to the mix and the students will be hooked on this book. As freshmen can relate to the experiences of this book, they should be able to create a few diary entries of their own using personal experience. From these entries students can build a personal reflection piece based on being a high school freshman.

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