Welcome back for the second post in our back-to-school schedule series!
Period 3: English â€“ Laura Perenic
Today’s curriculum theme is “Humanity Through Diversity.”
Historical Fiction: Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick
In reconstruction Richmond, Virginia, brothers Shad and Jeremiah learn different lessons from attending KKK rallies.
Realistic: Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Laurel Daneau hides from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina by immersing herself in drugs. Estranged from her family and her own emotions, Laurel meets street artist Moses who has a more effective way to dealing with pain. (a 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults and 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers selection)
Science Fiction: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
How much is your life worth to you? How much is your life worth to someone else? Characters trapped in a futuristic world try to escape being â€˜’unwound,’ and their body part sold high paying recipients. (a 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Top Ten selection)
Novel in Verse/Poetry: October Mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard by LeslÃ©a Newman
A collection of 68 poems written in response to the murder of Matthew Shepard, October 6, 1998. (a 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection)
Non-Fiction: Dear Teen Me edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (selections)
Looking back on their own teen years, 70 authors of novels for teens write letters to their younger selves with advice about being a teen and becoming an adult.
Extra Credit â€“ Read approved teen novel and watch its film version. Prepare comparison of similarities and differences with explanation of how changes affect the work’s major themes.
Period 4: Gym â€“ Jennifer Rummel
I loved gym in high school – it was the perfect time to relax and play a game. I was sporty, so I enjoyed being one of the best in the class. Most of the time, we were separated by gender. My favorite unit was basketball, followed by volleyball, and softball. I was useless at archery and orienteering. Here are a few good books that capture that same feeling.
Let Me Play: the story of Title IX : the law that changed the future of girls in America by Karen Blumenthal
An insightful and important look at how Title IX changed sports for girls – from the girls who came before and helped pave the way to the girls who now never had to think about equality and sports in high school and college.
Playing with the Boys: a pretty tough novel by Nicole Leigh Shepherd
Lucy’s mother died; she and her father moved across country to get a fresh start. She tries out for the soccer team but fails. Unsure what to do next, the soccer coach suggests she try out for the football team. They need a kicker. Should Lucy try out for a boy’s team?
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Felton grew up late – but his growth spurt makes him super fast. He’s invited to the summer workouts by the football coach. Felton doesn’t think he’s an athlete, but he wouldn’t mind escaping his home life for a while. (a 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection)
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Not only is Jordan the quarterback of her high school team, she’s also the captain. She loves being one of the guys, but when a new boy appears on the team, she begins to see one of the players as dating material. Can she keep her head on the things that matter the most – like winning a scholarship to a top college?
Travel Ball by Mike Lupica
When Danny’s cut from the travel team; his father (an ex-NBA player) agrees to coach a second team.
Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
Best friends have waited their whole life for this chance – the tournament at Rucker Park. It’s the biggest tournament in street ball and would be their crowning achievement. But the best day of their life turns into a tragedy. (a 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers selection)
Baseball Great by Tim Green
Josh’s father wanted to make it to the big leagues, but never did. Now he’s putting pressure on Josh to be the best ball player. Soon the coach for a travel team pushes him to take protein shakes and other supplements. Josh isn’t sure what the coach is giving him or if he wants to take them.
Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey
Ella and her family moved to Texas. Not sure where she belongs, she tries out for the school softball team. Shocked to discover she made the team, Ella finds herself enjoying the work and the rewards come with playing on a team.
Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
Phoebe’s mother shocks her with the news that she’s engaged to a man she met on vacation. Phoebe’s forced to move to an island off Greece during her senior year of high school. There go her plans for a cross- country college scholarship.
Lunch â€“ Hannah Gomez
Lunchtime’s for the foodie!
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Younger teens will be all over Joan Bauer’s Close to Famous, about a girl who wants to be a TV chef but first starts a cupcake business while trying to keep her mom away from her abusive boyfriend. (a 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection)
Naples! by Giada de Laurentiis
For those who love actual TV chefs, even if they think they’re too old for middle grade, they might be persuaded to pick up Naples! because of its author: Giada de Laurentiis. The new Recipe for Adventure series will follow a brother and sister whose zany aunt comes to visit.
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
If your teens aren’t so into celebrities but want to work in the culinary world, they might like Cupcake by Rachel Cohn, which concludes the Cyd Charisse trilogy and has the heroine heading to New York to work at her brother’s bakery. They should also try Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever for some catering adventures and Carolyn Mackler’s Vegan Virgin Valentine for cafÃ© adventures.
Period 5: Physics â€“ Jessica Lind
Today’s physics lesson focus on the concept of the multiverse. Merriam-Webster defines multiverse as a theoretical reality that includes a possibly infinite number of parallel universes. Therefore, the following titles are based on ideas that we would normally consider to defy the laws of physics by bending the rules of time and space.
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
Sophie Sophia is more than happy to have inherited her love of 80s mixtapes from her father, but she is not so crazy about the “episodes” that reveal panda marching bands or turn her lunch ladies into Ramones-singing rock stars. With the help of her shaman panda, Walt, and new best friend, Finny, Sophie sets out to find her physicist father in order to learn about her episodes and get her life under control.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
One dark and stormy night, Meg and Charles Murry find themselves up late at night with their mother when their mysterious neighbor stops by and tells them that “there is such a thing as a tesseract.” The children soon learn that their father’s disappearance occurred while he was working on a government project related to the idea of a tesseract, or a wrinkle in time. Along with classmate Calvin O’Keefe, the siblings set out on an adventure that breaks all of the rules they thought they knew about time and space.
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Anna and Bennett’s relationship is not the typical boy-meets-girl story. Anna lives in 1995 Chicago while Bennett lives in San Francisco in 2012. Thanks to his ability to travel through time and space this couple has the chance to meet, but each moment is lived with the concern that Bennett could be thrown back to his own time. What are they willing to risk in order to stay together?
Tandem by Anna Jarzab (Release date: October 8, 2013)
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds, many lives–infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Sasha’s ordinary life is torn apart when she learns that the stories her grandfather told of parallel universes are actually true. Suddenly, she finds herself in another life struggling to prevent a war while maintaining two lives.
Once again, thanks to all of our contributors! Check back tomorrow for the final post in this series. While you wait, let us know if you have read any of these in the comments!
– Carli Spina, currently reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson