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  • aray233
    I am a long-time lurker who enjoys reading all of your suggestions everyday -- but now I need some help of my own! I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka:
    Message 1 of 11 , Oct 1, 2008
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      I am a long-time lurker who enjoys reading all of your suggestions
      everyday -- but now I need some help of my own!

      I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka: older than his peers) who
      has just discovered he DOES like to read, as long as the content piques
      his interest. A librarian's DREAM! He has enjoyed "The Outsiders" and
      other Hinton books, just finished "Monster" and is on to "Fallen
      Angels" by Walter Dean Myers. I'm running low on ideas for what he
      should try next, based on those books he's previously enjoyed.
      Suggestions?

      Amanda Emery
      Middle School Librarian
      Milford Middle School
      Milford, NH
    • Brenda Kahn
      If he enjoyed Fallen Angels, then Myers follow-up to it, Sunrise Over Fallujah is an absolute must read. Richie Perry s nephew, Robin deploys to Iraq. It s
      Message 2 of 11 , Oct 1, 2008
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        If he enjoyed Fallen Angels, then Myers' follow-up to it, Sunrise Over Fallujah is an absolute must read. Richie Perry's nephew, Robin deploys to Iraq. It's intense and amazing.

        Sounds like he likes realistic fiction, but my reluctant readers have enjoyed the Alfred Kropp books. The first is The Extraordinary Adventure of Afred Kropp.

        ANthony Horowitz's Alex Rider Adventures (Stormbreaker, Point Blank + 5 or 6 more.

        Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (language caution if community is sensitive about it)

        Carl Deuker's Runner (and almost anything else by him for good sports action along with an interesting non-sport plot)

        Todd Strasser's Boot Camp

        Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson recommended to me by a 7th grade boy.

        Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians

        Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and Notes from the Midnight Driver

        Neal Shusterman: The Schwa was Here - hysterically funny. He also has a series called Dark Fusion where he combines fairy tale and legend into something new. Some favorites from that were Red Rider's Hood and Dread Locks.

        David Lubar: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie or Dunk

        Chris Crutcher: The Sledding Hill or Deadline (or anything else by him)

        Gail Giles: Shattering Glass, Right Behind You or What Happened to Cass McBride

        Laurie Halse Anderson: Twisted (a little mature maybe but intense)

        Alex Flinn: Breathing Underwater or Breaking Point

        Pete Hautman: especially Godless or Rash

        Janet Tashjian: The Gospel According to Larry and its sequel Vote for Larry


        Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
        School Library Media Specialist
        Tenakill Middle School
        Closter, NJ


        --- On Wed, 10/1/08, aray233 <aray@...> wrote:

        > From: aray233 <aray@...>
        > Subject: [middle_school_lit] Long-time lurker needs suggestion!
        > To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
        > Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 12:14 PM
        > I am a long-time lurker who enjoys reading all of your
        > suggestions
        > everyday -- but now I need some help of my own!
        >
        > I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka: older than his
        > peers) who
        > has just discovered he DOES like to read, as long as the
        > content piques
        > his interest. A librarian's DREAM! He has enjoyed
        > "The Outsiders" and
        > other Hinton books, just finished "Monster" and
        > is on to "Fallen
        > Angels" by Walter Dean Myers. I'm running low on
        > ideas for what he
        > should try next, based on those books he's previously
        > enjoyed.
        > Suggestions?
        >
        > Amanda Emery
        > Middle School Librarian
        > Milford Middle School
        > Milford, NH
      • Kendra Newton
        I also have had a number of these types of kids. Believe it or not, they like the Beatrice Sparks edited books (eg: Go Ask Alice, Jay s Journal, etc). How
        Message 3 of 11 , Oct 2, 2008
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          I also have had a number of these types of kids. Believe it or not, they like the Beatrice Sparks edited books (eg: Go Ask Alice, Jay's Journal, etc). How about Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers? If you get a list going of books for this student, I would appreciate it if you pass it on. I am always looking for books for these kids.
           
          TIA!
          Kendra Newton
          Glenview Middle School
          EMSD 37

          On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 11:14 AM, aray233 <aray@...> wrote:

          I am a long-time lurker who enjoys reading all of your suggestions
          everyday -- but now I need some help of my own!

          I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka: older than his peers) who
          has just discovered he DOES like to read, as long as the content piques
          his interest. A librarian's DREAM! He has enjoyed "The Outsiders" and
          other Hinton books, just finished "Monster" and is on to "Fallen
          Angels" by Walter Dean Myers. I'm running low on ideas for what he
          should try next, based on those books he's previously enjoyed.
          Suggestions?

          Amanda Emery
          Middle School Librarian
          Milford Middle School
          Milford, NH


        • Melanie Duncan
          I highly recommend the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz (I m addicted to them). He might also like Eoin Colfer s Artemis Fowl series, D.J. MacHale s
          Message 4 of 11 , Oct 2, 2008
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            I highly recommend the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz (I'm addicted
            to them).

            He might also like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, D.J. MacHale's
            Pendragon series, John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, or James
            Patterson's Maximum Ride series.

            Sincerely,
            Melanie C. Duncan, MLS
            Reference Librarian
            Washington Memorial Library
            1180 Washington Ave
            Macon, GA 31201

            M.L.S.: Melanie's Library Shop, www.melanieslibraryshop.com
            M.Z.S.: Melanie's Zazzle Shop, www.zazzle.com/mcduncan
          • Richards, Susan
            I would like to suggest HATCHET by Gary Paulson I knew this author has an interesting background but forgot all the details, so I ve found the following link
            Message 5 of 11 , Oct 2, 2008
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              Re:Long-time lurker needs suggestion!

              I would like to suggest HATCHET by Gary Paulson

              I knew this author has an interesting background but forgot all the details, so I've found the following link which your

              young patron might well be interested in.

              http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/paulsen.htm

              I read it quite a while ago and it was extremely gripping, a real survival tale.

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            • Geri Dosalua
              I have some suggestions as well. The Iain Lawrence series (adventure); Ken Oppel s adventure series Airborn and Skybreaker being the titles; K.M Grant and her
              Message 6 of 11 , Oct 2, 2008
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                I have some suggestions as well.  The Iain Lawrence series (adventure); Ken Oppel's adventure series Airborn and Skybreaker being the titles; K.M Grant and her trilogy, Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper, and Blaze of Silver (set during the crusades). Also, don't forget Eoin Colfer's book, Airborn, a change from Artemis Fowl (another adventure).

                Geri Dosalua, MLIS
                Youth Services Librarian
                Artesia Public Library
                Artesia, NM  88210

                ----- Original Message ----
                From: Melanie Duncan <duncanm@...>
                To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2008 10:33:46 AM
                Subject: [middle_school_lit] Re:Long-time lurker needs suggestion!

                I highly recommend the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz (I'm addicted
                to them).

                He might also like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, D.J. MacHale's
                Pendragon series, John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, or James
                Patterson's Maximum Ride series.

                Sincerely,
                Melanie C. Duncan, MLS
                Reference Librarian
                Washington Memorial Library
                1180 Washington Ave
                Macon, GA 31201

                M.L.S.: Melanie's Library Shop, www.melanieslibrary shop.com
                M.Z.S.: Melanie's Zazzle Shop, www.zazzle.com/ mcduncan




              • Ann Walker
                How about Ender s Game by Orson Scott Card? Ann
                Message 7 of 11 , Oct 3, 2008
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                  How about Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card? 

                   

                  Ann

                • Linda Kay
                  Fallen Angels has a recently published sequel that features the character son in Iraq I think the title is Sunrise over Fallejah (My copy is at school) Linda
                  Message 8 of 11 , Oct 3, 2008
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                    Fallen Angels has a recently published sequel that features the
                    character son in Iraq I think the title is Sunrise over Fallejah
                    (My copy is at school)

                    Linda Keel
                  • Pam Lingelbach
                    Great suggestions!   I ll add:   Bottled Up by Jaye Murray Shadow Children series (Among the Hidden, etc.) by Margaret Peterson Haddix We Beat the Street:
                    Message 9 of 11 , Oct 4, 2008
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                      Great suggestions!

                       

                      I'll add:

                       

                      Bottled Up by Jaye Murray

                      Shadow Children series (Among the Hidden, etc.) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

                      We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper

                       



                      ----- Original Message ----
                      From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...>
                      To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11:44:05 AM
                      Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Long-time lurker needs suggestion!

                      If he enjoyed Fallen Angels, then Myers' follow-up to it, Sunrise Over Fallujah is an absolute must read. Richie Perry's nephew, Robin deploys to Iraq. It's intense and amazing.

                      Sounds like he likes realistic fiction, but my reluctant readers have enjoyed the Alfred Kropp books. The first is The Extraordinary Adventure of Afred Kropp.

                      ANthony Horowitz's Alex Rider Adventures (Stormbreaker, Point Blank + 5 or 6 more.

                      Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (language caution if community is sensitive about it)

                      Carl Deuker's Runner (and almost anything else by him for good sports action along with an interesting non-sport plot)

                      Todd Strasser's Boot Camp

                      Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson recommended to me by a 7th grade boy.

                      Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians

                      Jordan Sonnenblick' s Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and Notes from the Midnight Driver

                      Neal Shusterman: The Schwa was Here - hysterically funny. He also has a series called Dark Fusion where he combines fairy tale and legend into something new. Some favorites from that were Red Rider's Hood and Dread Locks.

                      David Lubar: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie or Dunk

                      Chris Crutcher: The Sledding Hill or Deadline (or anything else by him)

                      Gail Giles: Shattering Glass, Right Behind You or What Happened to Cass McBride

                      Laurie Halse Anderson: Twisted (a little mature maybe but intense)

                      Alex Flinn: Breathing Underwater or Breaking Point

                      Pete Hautman: especially Godless or Rash

                      Janet Tashjian: The Gospel According to Larry and its sequel Vote for Larry

                      Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                      School Library Media Specialist
                      Tenakill Middle School
                      Closter, NJ

                      --- On Wed, 10/1/08, aray233 <aray@...> wrote:

                      > From: aray233 <aray@...>
                      > Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Long-time lurker needs suggestion!
                      > To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                      > Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 12:14 PM
                      > I am a long-time lurker who enjoys reading all of your
                      > suggestions
                      > everyday -- but now I need some help of my own!
                      >
                      > I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka: older than his
                      > peers) who
                      > has just discovered he DOES like to read, as long as the
                      > content piques
                      > his interest. A librarian's DREAM! He has enjoyed
                      > "The Outsiders" and
                      > other Hinton books, just
                      finished "Monster" and
                      > is on to "Fallen
                      > Angels" by Walter Dean Myers. I'm running low on
                      > ideas for what he
                      > should try next, based on those books he's previously
                      > enjoyed.
                      > Suggestions?
                      >
                      > Amanda Emery
                      > Middle School Librarian
                      > Milford Middle School
                      > Milford, NH


                    • Little Willow
                      Amanda wrote:
                      Message 10 of 11 , Oct 4, 2008
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                        Amanda wrote:

                        << I have a 15 year old 8th grade student (aka: older than his peers) who
                        has just discovered he DOES like to read, as long as the content piques
                        his interest. A librarian's DREAM! He has enjoyed "The Outsiders" and
                        other Hinton books, just finished "Monster" and is on to "Fallen
                        Angels" by Walter Dean Myers. I'm running low on ideas for what he
                        should try next, based on those books he's previously enjoyed.
                        Suggestions? >>

                        Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
                        Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
                        The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
                        As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

                        . . . and here are some more books with teen male protagonists:
                        http://slayground.livejournal.com/212714.html

                        Let me know if you want any more recommendations. I'm a bookseller and reviewer specializing in teen fiction (though I also read adult fiction and juvenile fiction as well, and non-fiction in my areas of interest) and I'm always happy to help!

                        Sincerely,
                        Little Willow
                      • aray233
                        Thanks to everyone for their great suggestions -- this gives me some direction. I compiled the list of suggestions (minus any comments) for those who are
                        Message 11 of 11 , Oct 6, 2008
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                          Thanks to everyone for their great suggestions -- this gives me some
                          direction. I compiled the list of suggestions (minus any comments)
                          for those who are interested:

                          • Sunrise Over Fallujah, Myers
                          • The Extraordinary Adventure of Afred Kropp
                          • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
                          • Todd Strasser's Boot Camp
                          • Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson
                          • Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians
                          • Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and Notes
                          from the Midnight Driver
                          • Neal Shusterman: The Schwa was Here, Dark Fusion
                          • David Lubar: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie or Dunk
                          • Chris Crutcher: The Sledding Hill or Deadline (or anything
                          else by him)
                          • Gail Giles: Shattering Glass, Right Behind You or What
                          Happened to Cass McBride
                          • Laurie Halse Anderson: Twisted (a little mature maybe but
                          intense)
                          • Alex Flinn: Breathing Underwater or Breaking Point
                          • Pete Hautman: especially Godless or Rash
                          • Janet Tashjian: The Gospel According to Larry and its sequel
                          Vote for Larry
                          • Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
                          • The Iain Lawrence series (adventure)
                          • Ken Oppel's adventure series Airborn and Skybreaker being the
                          titles
                          • K.M Grant and her trilogy, Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper, and
                          Blaze of Silver
                          • Eoin Colfer, Airborn
                          • Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
                          • Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
                          • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
                          • As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
                          • Bottled Up by Jaye Murray
                          • We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by
                          Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper
                          • HATCHET by Gary Paulson


                          (A list of Teen Realistic Fiction compiled by a bookseller)
                          http://slayground.livejournal.com/212714.html
                          Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
                          Funny Little Monkey by Andrew Auseon
                          Nothing but the Truth by Avi
                          Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
                          Candy by Kevin Brooks
                          Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
                          Beastly by Alex Flinn
                          Breaking Point by Alex Flinn
                          As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
                          Playing in Traffic by Gail Giles
                          Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
                          Looking for Alaska by John Green
                          An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
                          Paper Towns by John Green
                          Godless by Pete Hautman
                          Totally Joe by James Howe (Sequel to The Misfits)
                          Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player by Antony John
                          Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
                          Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
                          Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
                          Wide Awake by David Levithan
                          Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
                          Play Me by Laura Ruby
                          Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
                          Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
                          Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
                          Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
                          The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
                          Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
                          So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
                          I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak


                          Amanda Emery
                          Milford Middle School
                          Milford, NH
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