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Tony Varrato

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Salisbury, MD, The United States
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Koontz, Patterson, Gaiman, and Flemming

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August 2008


I am a high school English teacher and YA author.

Both my YA books "Fakie" and "Outrage" were chosen for YALSA's 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.

"Fakie" was chosen as "Honor book" for Nebraska's Golden Sower Award for 2010-2011 and nominated for New Jersey's Garden State Teen Book Awards and the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award for 2011.

When my district switched our classroom websites to Blackboard, I lost years of student book recommendations.


So as one of the last assignments, I asked my ninth graders to pick their favorite independent novel from this year and write one sentence why they liked it. So you can stock your classroom libraries for next year, the top vote-getters with unedited rationales follow.


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Average rating: 3.66 · 183 ratings · 59 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Fakie

3.72 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Outrage

3.33 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2008
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One Last Scar

3.22 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2010
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This was entertaining and thought provoking. There's a lot more to this driver's tale than just the tale. And he went a few places I wasn't expecting. Dark humor and satire that I can see using with my AP Lit class.
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I loved the reinvention of Alice as a hard-core demon slayer in Wonderland. The fight scenes were also lots of fun.
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#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
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This book is labeled YA Horror.
But think Final Destination or Friday the 13th part 5 instead of Stephen King.
Lots of fun. High body count. I had a hard time putting it down.
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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
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This is classic Holly Black, with all the magic and twists and humanity...and twwisted humanity..oh yeah, and Faeries! and people with sharp, pointy things.
My students recomended it to me, and they can't wait for the sequel.
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
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A definite first-day recommendation for my high schoolers. I like how Reynolds showed that the situation is more complicated than just race.

I would recommend this with The Hate You Give as similar topics but different approaches.
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Wow. Beautifully told tale with magic and dragons and all those things.
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