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Tim Kramer, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus in Barrington, IL, says that because he also taught ELA and reading, YA lit has always been important to him. “I read for personal enjoyment, yes; but I also read to connect with my students. Especially for the reluctant or struggling readers, if I can connect to them on a personal level, then when I informally mention a book I am reading and loving, I find those students, too, end up giving that book a try. It is, by far, the most “present” aspect of my teaching!”
His top five recommendations:
1. The Testing (series) by Joelle Charbonneau
2. I Hunt Killers (series) by Barry Lyga
3. The 5th Wave (series) by Rick Yancey
4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio-a bit younger, but must read for all ages
Superior thinking desatmtroned above. Thanks!
Nick Yeager writes:
After teaching English at the secondary level for thirteen years, I recently made a move to work more specifically with “at-risk” students. As a teacher and a Licensed Professional Counselor, my new position is wonderful because it allows me to work with students more holistically. At times, I am needed to provide direct academic instruction, while at other times, I am called to work with students in need of social-emotional support. It’s the best of both worlds for me!
Top 5 YA books (Seriously? Hahaha!!)
1) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Powerful and perhaps the most beautifully written book I’ve every read)
2) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Wonderful! Thought-provoking! Emotional!)
3) The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins (Although I enjoyed the trilogy, I especially enjoyed book one. Powerful! Engaging! I never wanted to put it down!)
4) A Long Way Home: Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (Powerfully sad, while at the same time enlightening! This book is a survival story of all survival stories. Additionally, it’s educational in that it chronicles the civil war in Sierra Leone and the trying lives of child soldiers.)
5) Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (A powerful and touching book about the power of love in the face of adversity. This is an interesting book set in midst of civil war taking place in the Republic of Congo. Interestingly enough, the book also provides an unexpected education on the life of Bonobo apes, which was surprisingly touching.)