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Re: [middle_school_lit] what'cha reading this summer?

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  • alixwrites@aol.com
    I go to a lot of author events around here, so my last two YAs read were beach reads with South Florida settings: PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS by Dorian
    Message 1 of 37 , Jun 13, 2008
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      I go to a lot of author events around here, so my last two YAs read were "beach reads" with South Florida settings:
       
      PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS by Dorian Cirrone is sort of a "Woman of the Year" for teens.  Emily Bennet, determined to win the job of editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, competes with her snarky rival, Daniel, to write a story about the gross excesses of the school's prom.  There's romance (between Emily and the hunky boy next door), but as with Cirrone's previous DANCING IN RED SHOES WILL KILL YOU, there's also some scathing societal commentary.  Unlike DANCING, this book is definitely tame enough for middle school libraries.  Set in Ft. Lauderdale, the book's fun chapter headings refer to a recent Hurricane Emily, with titles like, "Emily poses little threat" and "Emily on path of destruction." 
       
      BRALESS IN WONDERLAND by Debbie Reed Fischer.  Andrea is a small-town Central Florida feminist and intellectual.  But when her mother makes her drive her sister to a mall "model search," Andie herself is discovered by a South Beach agency.  Although it is at odds with everything she believes in, Andie decides to take the plunge and model in order to earn money for college (Her parents cannot afford to send her to Yale) and is catapaulted into this glamorous and backstabbing world.  Author, Fischer, worked for a famous South Beach modeling agency, so she writes from experience.  A quick, light first novel. 
       
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    • glfprncs
      I feel so out of the loop around all of you!! Being an 8th grade L.A. teacher, you d think I d be a little more up on the current titles, but I fear that
      Message 37 of 37 , Jun 17, 2008
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        I feel so 'out of the loop' around all of you!! Being an 8th grade
        L.A. teacher, you'd think I'd be a little more up on the current
        titles, but I fear that I'm a good year or two behind most of you
        (even though I read a good 100 adoles. lit. titles a year). That
        said, I'm on a 2-week break of college classes (working on my ed.
        specialist's degree), so I stopped at the bookstore, and have the
        following titles ready to go:

        The Host--Stephenie Meyer--her first 'adult' title, which I'm
        enjoying

        Persepolis--Marjane Satrapi (I'm developing a love of the graphic
        novel)
        The Rules of Survivial--Nancy Werlin
        The Absolutel True Diary of a Part-Time Indian--Sherman Alexie
        Octavian Nothing--M.T. Anderson
        Maus--Art Spiegelman (hard to believe this was written in the 70s!)

        I also have a Jodi Piccoult novel that I've been trying to find time
        to read since May, and about 20 other novels that you all have
        recommended that I can't find ANYWHERE that I live (and limited
        funds to buy online).
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