Saturday, February 28, 2009

HELP! Need title suggestions

I'm working on the professional development workshop that I'm giving to middle and high school teachers later this month on using Young Adult Literature across the curriculum. I'm looking for title suggestions - anything that might fit the following categories:
- content area related books (science, math, social studies, foreign language, art, phys. ed. etc)
- important topic/current issue books - ex. the economy, government, war, genocide etc.
- books that would compliment classic texts that are often taught in school (something to compliment Catcher in the Rye or The Crucible etc.)
- any books that you think are "must reads" for either teenagers or teachers

Please send me any titles you've read and enjoyed or even just heard of that you think might fit the bill for this workshop. If you know of good places to research titles, I'd love that information as well.
Thanks! I'll be happy to share my workshop materials with anyone interested - just let me know.

Monday, February 16, 2009

What I'm Reading Now...

I'm currently reading Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. I never really read comic books growing up, so this is my first real experience with the format. So far, I'm intrigued by the story and it's interesting to have pictures to enhance a rather harrowing story. The pictures also nicely compliment the author's voice, since the memoir is told from the point of view of a child. I'll give my final review once I've finished the book.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've found your way here. First, let me offer my apologies, as I am relatively new to blogging. However, since my goal to connect better to books of interest to teens, I figured it was about time that I get on board with the media teens use as well.
I'm a high school English teacher with a cultivated interest in Young Adult Literature. I read a lot of it myself for the book club I run at school, so I'll share thoughts on many titles I've found. I'm also always looking for new titles, so please - share your favorite titles with me, or let me know where to look to find reviews, upcoming releases, old favorites etc. Thanks - and check back soon, I'll try to keep this updated.