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Teens DO Read for Fun. And No, That’s Not an Oxymoron!. Ann Sciuto sciutoa@campbellhall.org Campbell Hall. Session 1-39 9:30-10:45 am. Offer Teens a Positive Print Experience in a Casual, “Oh, These Were Just Left Laying Out” Kind of Way. Mister O Calvin & Hobbes History of Rock

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teens do read for fun

Teens DO Read for Fun

And No,

That’s Not an Oxymoron!

Ann Sciuto


Campbell Hall

Session 1-39

9:30-10:45 am

offer teens a positive print experience in a casual oh these were just left laying out kind of way
Offer Teens aPositive Print Experiencein a Casual, “Oh, These Were Just Left Laying Out” Kind of Way
  • Mister O
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • History of Rock
  • History of Surfing
  • The Best of Barbie: Four Decades of America’s Favorite Doll
  • Magazines
have fun
Have Fun!
  • Where’s Waldo?
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Guinness Book of World Records
  • Picture Books
  • It’s all about the photos!
  • Read out loud from a variety

of books. Storytime isn’t just

for the little ones!


‘Who am I?’ is the basic young adult question.

What people reads helps define them. Teens define themselves in many ways.

The search for identity brings on even more changes as young adults attempt to say, scream, or whisper in what they say, wear, do, and read this question of ‘Who am I?’

Patrick Jones

“Many young adults come to us out of burden and boredom, which are not the best motivators for a successful relationship.”Patrick Jones
  • Negative attitudes toward reading
  • Low voluntary reading rates
  • Aliteracy (ability to read but choosing not to)
  • Motivation
  • Are they reading but not talking to us about it or seeing it as of value? Closet readers?
fight aliteracy
Fight Aliteracy!

Provide books that

  • your students want to read
  • meet their needs & wants
  • have proven popular
  • have peer approval
remember if your goal is to provide positive print experiences and increase recreational reading
Remember, if your goal is to “provide positive print experiences” and increase recreational reading,
  • It doesn’t all have to be “great literature”
  • Good bad books are great!
  • It’s o.k. to have fun
  • Revise ideas about buying:
    • Sources
    • “Disposables” as well as long-term
    • Do judge a book by its cover
    • Audio books
    • Graphic novels
    • Magazines
    • Budget allotment
your attitude counts
Your Attitude Counts!
  • Try to read as a teen not just as an adult.
  • You have to enjoy it. Be honest.
  • Attitudes in librarians most highly ranked by YAs are:
      • Approachable
      • A respectful, nonjudgmental attitude
      • A knowledge of YA interests and materials
      • Patience & persistence
      • Asks questions
      • Listens carefully
      • Suggests titles & authors
      • Reads widely
      • Has many books available
      • A sense of humor!

Patrick Jones

Access to a school library results in more reading

Having a school librarian makes a difference in the amount of reading a YA does

Larger school library collections & longer hours increase circulation

Larger school library collections mean better results in high-reading scores

Libraries are a consistent and major source of books for free reading

Magazine reading promotes more reading

Young people’s reading choices are influenced by their peers

so how does it work
So, How Does It Work?
  • Read, skim, scan!A lot!
  • Talk about books! A lot!
  • Create a “reading climate”
  • Take risks
  • Weed ruthlessly & continuously
  • Spend money!
  • Commit the time
  • Sell the collection
  • Be customer focused & listen!
Let students know it is o.k. to not finish a book---and give yourself the same permission.

“If you don’t like it, bring it back!”

“A book for every reader. A reader for every book.”

and so on to
And so, on to

The Books!


“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet

nonfiction for young adults
Narratives with the power & drive of story

Targets developing personal interests

Supports visual learning styles

Appealing formats

Less daunting for reluctant readers

Caters to current interests & hot topics

Stimulates patterns for lifelong curiosity & inquiry

Connects with adolescent developmental needs

Attractive to boys

Nonfiction for Young Adults

Mary Arnold,

ALA Annual Conference 2003

From Hardtack To Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals by Barbara Haber

Teens Cook: How to Make What You Want to Eat byMegan and Jill Carle

A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances by Laura Schenone

What's Cooking: The History of American Food by Sylvia Whitman

fatland how americans became the fattest people in the world
Fatland: How Americans became the Fattest People in the World

“25% of all Americans under age nineteen are overweight or obese…. The percentage of overweight six- to eleven-year-olds has nearly doubled in two decades, and for adolescents the percentage has tripled. Pediatricians are treating conditions rarely before diagnosed in young people.”

And …

Decades of Beauty: The Changing Image of Women 1890s-1990s by Kate Mulvey & Melissa Richards

No Body's Perfect : Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity

by Kimberly Kirberger

“With her characteristic wry wit and her unabashedly liberal bent, Ehrenreich brings the invisible poor out of hiding and, in the process, the world they inhabit--where civil liberties are often ignored and hard work fails to live up to its reputation as the ticket out of poverty.”

--Lesley Reed

amazon.com review

adults are stupid
Adults are Stupid

“Bold Self-Experimenters in Science & Medicine”

Encyclopedia Idiotica: History's Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them

The Darwin Awards

Commemorating those individuals who ensure the long-term survival of our species by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion.

and everything you thought you knew is wrong
And Everything You Thought You Knew Is Wrong

The Encyclopedia of Popular Misconceptions: The Ultimate Debunker’s Guide to Widely Accepted Fallaciesby Ferris Johnsen

Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed


And Everything You Thought You Knew Is Wrong

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinkingand

The Tipping Point

by Malcolm Gladwell

  • The Week
  • Mental Floss
  • People
  • Car & Driver
  • Popular Science
  • Dance & Art

Develop a collection for browsers that says to students:

“We know and appreciate your interests.”

themed nonfiction
Themed Nonfiction

Assassination Vacationby Sarah Vowell

Good Brother, Bad Brother : The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Boothby James Cross Giblin

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

The President Is Shot!: The Assassination of Abraham Lincolnby Harold Holzer

Lincoln's Dreamsby Connie Willis (fiction)

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President & Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Assassin by Anna Myers (fiction)

The Murder of Abraham Lincoln: A chronicle of 62 days in the life of the American Republic, March 4 - May 4, 1865 by Rick Geary

Abraham Lincoln

How about expanding the concept of Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth?
  • Compare biographies of other famous brothers, sisters, siblings, parents and their children in pairs of students or reading circles
  • The Bush family
  • Henry VIII and his children (and wives)
  • Queen Victoria and her children
  • Kennedy family
  • Roosevelt family
  • Walt and Roy Disney
  • Wright brothers
  • Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine (actors)
  • Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson (singers)
  • Venus and Serena Williams (tennis)
  • Menendez brothers
  • The brothers Grimm!
  • And I’ve officially gotten carried away with the idea!
narrative nonfiction
Narrative Nonfiction

“Narratives with the power and drive of story”

  • The Things I Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell : An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  • Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  • The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party by Marian Calabro
  • With Their Eyes: September 11th : The View from a High School at Ground Zero by Annie Thomas, ed.
  • The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
hidden history
Hidden History
  • At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers
  • The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
  • The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen
  • Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain by Michael Paterniti
  • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew & the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
  • Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America by Penny Colman
  • Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits by Jenny McPhee
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity,

& the Making of the OED by Simon Winchester

  • Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted

Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash

  • Unsolved Mysteries of American History by Paul Aron
  • We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose
for your intellectuals or call me surprised
For Your Intellectuals (or call me surprised!)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (fiction)
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond
  • Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
  • Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death by Laurence Gonzales
  • Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M. Diamond
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For Your Intellectuals (or call me surprised!)
  • I Believe in Water: 12 Brushes with Religion edited by Marilyn Singer
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

by Charles Wheelan

  • Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy by Christopher Phillips
  • Soul Searching: 13 Stories About Faith & Belief

edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By Malcolm Gladwell
  • The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

by Thomas Friedman

  • The College Board’s “101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers”




Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insectsby Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio

Rats! : The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Richard Conniff

Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants byRobert Sullivan

Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroomby Penny Colman

the fun side of death
The Fun Side of Death
  • Bog Mummies: Preserved in Peat by Charlotte Wilcox
  • Bury the Dead: Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons and Rituals by Christopher Sloan
  • Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial by Penny Colman
  • Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies by Andrew Chamberlain
  • When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS by James Cross Giblin
murder crime forensic science
Murder, Crime, & Forensic Science
  • The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead by Donna M. Jackson
  • Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science by Richard Platt
  • Death at the Priory: Sex, Love, and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick
  • Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection & the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science by Colin Beavan
  • Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
  • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote
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Murder, Crime, & Forensic Science
  • Kings & Queens of England: Murder, Mayhem, and Scandal: 1066 to the Present Day by Brenda Ralph Lewis
  • The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder by Beth Loffreda
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah Story by John Berendt
  • Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and

Binion's World Series of Poker by James McManus

  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • When Objects Talk: Solving a Crime with Science

by Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. & Terry M. Phillips

victorian murder graphic novels written illustrated by rick geary
Victorian Murder Graphic “Novels” written & illustrated by Rick Geary
  • The Beast of Chicago: An Account of the Life and Crimes of Herman W. Mudgett, Known to the World as H.H. Holmes
  • The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Fall River, Mass., 1892
  • Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders 1888-1889
  • The Murder of Abraham Lincoln: A Chronicle of 62 Days in the Life of the American Republic, March 4-May 4, 1865
our most popular non fiction titles
Our Most Popular Non-Fiction Titles
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child & the Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor
  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
  • The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond
  • The Darwin Awards Series by Wendy Northcutt
  • Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
  • Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, A Dreamby H.G. Bissinger
  • The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Childhood by Koren Zailckas
  • Jon Krakauer (Under the Banner of Heaven; Into the Wild; Into Thin Air)
i need a good book by john lithgow
I Need a Good Bookby John Lithgow

I need a good story.

I need a good book.

The kind that explodes off the shelf.

I need some good writing,

Alive and exciting,

To contemplate all by myself.

I need a good novel,

I need a good read,

I probably need two or three.

I need a good tale of love and betrayal

Or perhaps an adventure at sea.

I need a good saga,

I need a good yarn.

A momentous and mighty

Or slight one.

But with thousands

And thousands

And thousands of books,

I need someone

To tell me

The right one.

our most popular fiction titles
Our Most Popular Fiction Titles
  • Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  • Anthony Horowitz’s thriller series about teen spy Alex Rider
  • Carol Plum-Ucci
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
  • Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • Go Ask Alice
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams
  • Hoot and Flush by Carl Hiaasen
  • Joan Bauer
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
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Our Most Popular Fiction Titles
  • Learning to Swim by Ann Warren Turner
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Louise Rennison’s series about Georgia Nicolson
  • Maus by Art Spiegleman
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants trilogy by Ann Brashares
  • Sonya Sones
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Stoner & Spaz by Ronald Koertge
  • Terry Trueman
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Our Most Popular Fiction Titles
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • The Face on the Milk Carton series by Caroline Cooney
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks
  • The Two Sams: Ghost Stories and The Snowman’s Children by Campbell Hall creative writing teacher Glen Hirshberg
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
fantasy teens
Fantasy & Teens

“When reality bites,

readers can escape into fantasy

and learn to bite back.”

Carolyn Caywood

  • Often attracts the best and the brightest
  • Attracts those who enjoy the process of learning
  • YAs need an evil adversary and a fallible hero; the archetypes of legend & myth
among our favorite books fantasy earns its own category
Among Our Favorite Books,Fantasy Earns Its Own Category
  • Garth Nix’s The Abhorsen Trilogy and The Keys to the Kingdom Series
  • Gerald Morris’ funny, exciting spins on the Arthurian legends
  • Terry Pratchett
  • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books (also on audio CDs)
  • Philip Pullman’s His Darker Materials trilogy (also on audio CDs & The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials by Mary and John Gribbin)
  • Herbie Brennan’s The Faerie Wars series
  • Suzanne Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series
  • Jonathan Stroud’s The Bartimaeus Trilogy
  • Charles de Lint
  • J.R. Tolkien
  • The Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde
  • Vivian Vande Velde
celebrate banned challenged books
Celebrate Banned & Challenged Books

“Three of the 10 books on the "Ten Most Challenged Books of 2004" were cited for homosexual themes - which is the highest number in a decade. Sexual content and offensive language remain the most frequent reasons for seeking removal of books from schools and public libraries.”


the books in order of most frequently challenged are
The books, in order of most frequently challenged, are:
  • The Chocolate War for sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive language and violence
  • Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflowerby Stephen Chbosky, for homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language
  • What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones,

for sexual content and offensive language


In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak,

for nudity and offensive language

King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland,

for homosexuality

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck,

for racism, offensive language and violence

Off the list this year, but on the list for several

years past, are the Alice series of books by

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Go Ask Alice by

Anonymous, It's Perfectly Normal by Robie

Harris and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain.



“Sexual content and offensive language remain the most frequent reasons for seeking removal of books from schools and public libraries.”


The Laramie Project

by Moises Kaufman


by David Carter

  • Absolutely,Positively Not by David LaRochelle
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
  • Fifteen Love by Robert Corbet
  • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
  • Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
  • One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
  • by Sonya Sones
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
  • A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan
  • What Happened to Lani Garver?
  • by Carol Plum-Ucci
  • Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
  • Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez
  • Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez
yes we re a college prep school
Yes, We’re a College Prep School


  • We have reluctant readers.
  • We have students who have difficulties with reading comprehension.
  • We have students who struggle with the mechanics of reading.
  • We have students who struggle with reading fluency.
  • We have BUSY students!
  • And I bet you do, too!
ideas for reluctant readers verse novels
Ideas for Reluctant ReadersVerse Novels
  • Mel Glenn, especially Split Image
  • Learning to Swim by Ann Turner
  • Shakespeare Bats Cleanup and

Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge

  • Sonya Sones
ideas for reluctant readers
Ideas for Reluctant Readers

Terry Trueman

  • Stuck in Neutral
  • Inside Out
  • Cruise Control
ideas for reluctant readers visual graphic format non fiction
Ideas for Reluctant Readersvisual/graphic format non-fiction
  • epilectic by david b
  • Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick
  • Buddha biographies by Osamu Tezuka
  • Rick Geary’s series on Victorian murders
  • A Thousand Ships & Sacrifice by Eric Shanower(Trojan War)
  • Fagin the Jew by Will Eisner
  • Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima series byKeiji Nakazawa
  • Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
  • Persepolis & Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
ideas for reluctant readers thrillers
Ideas for Reluctant ReadersThrillers
  • Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  • Finding Lubchenko

by Michael Simmons

  • Caroline B. Cooney
    • Code Orange
    • Face on the Milk Carton series
    • Driver’s Ed
  • Alex Rider series

by Anthony Horowitz

  • Bloodline by Kate Cary
  • Hawksong,and Falcondance and Snakecharm and Shattered Mirror

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

  • Midnight’s Choice by Kate Thompson
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  • Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
  • The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
better than chick lit
Better Than Chick Lit
  • Sarah Dessen
    • Dreamland
    • Keeping the Moon
    • This Lullaby
    • Someone Like You
    • The Truth About Forever
  • Sonya Sones
    • What My Mother Doesn’t Know
    • Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
    • One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Speak
    • Catalyst
    • Prom
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Better Than Chick Lit
  • Meg Kantor
    • Confessions of a Not It Girl
    • If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where is My Prince Charming?
  • Joan Bauer
    • Rules of the Road
    • Best Foot Forward
    • Hope was Here
    • Squashed
  • Ellen Wittlinger
    • Razzle
    • Zig Zag
life after death
Life After Death
  • The Afterlife by Gary Soto
  • A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
  • Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
  • God Went to Beauty School

by Cynthia Rylant

  • The Great Blue Yonder by Alex Shearer
  • The Heavenly Village by Cynthia Rylant
  • Restless: A Ghost's Story by Rich Wallace
  • The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

by Mary Roach (nonfiction)

  • Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin
guilty pleasures
Guilty Pleasures
  • The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demonsby Dan Brown
  • The Historian by ElizabethKostova
  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging series

by Louise Rennison

  • The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts series

byCherry Whytock

seniors read these books before you go off to the dorms
“Seniors: Read these books before you go off to the dorms!”
  • anything by Kurt Vonnegut
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

by Robert Pirsig

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
sneaking in some personal favorites shhh
Sneaking in Some Personal Favorites(shhh!)
  • Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: or, How We Found the

Bishop's Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis

  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • America by E.R. Frank
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • anything by Robin McKinley
  • Robin Hood
surprise by beverly mcloughland
“Surprise”by Beverly McLoughland

The biggest


On the Library shelf

Is when you suddenly

Find yourself

Inside a book----

(The hidden you)

You wonder how

The author knew.