Book List

October 3, 2018

 

To the Teachers Who Want More for Their Kids, 

 

I've compiled a book list of books that worked in my Reading Intervention class at Mansfeld Middle School in Tucson, AZ. I placed the books into tiers for reference. This is NOT an attempt at placing Lexile scores, but a way to zero in on what actually 'worked' successfully in a real-life room with real kids who wanted more than class sets...kids who DESERVED more than to be told what to read and when to read it and how to read it. I'm including a list of the order of books a student read from last year who was in 8th grade. This list is typical of one of the 'lowest' readers in the school who was in my class after coming in having read nothing except maybe Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The only other 'independent' reading they did was class sets of Hatchet and Esperanza Rising...sigh....class sets do not work...Feel free to pass the list onto others, add in books you know to work in your room with kids reporting back they liked the book. This list is absolutely not a list that 'adults' have suggested as being 'good' books. 

 

Also, just so you know, I would give a child a stack of books from each tier with instructions that they had to do two things when reading. 

1. Read all of the words, no skipping, sounding out, faking, skimming...

2. They had to make connections to the words. 

 

If a child could not answer questions about their book or they said they didn't like it, I would ask which of the two things was the problem. If they said number 1 then we'd find an easier book. If they said number 2 then I'd do a little 'connections' lesson with them and then let them reassess the situation to see if they still wanted a different book or if they could go back and try again. 

 

I hope this list helps. 

 

First Tier

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Drive By by Lynne Ewing

The Jacket by Andrew Clements

 

Second Tier

Bluford High Series

Some of students’ favorites: Survivor, The Test, Shattered, The Bully, Promises to Keep, Lost and Found, The Gun, Brothers in Arms, Until We Meet Again, The Fallen, No Way Out, Pretty Ugly

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Third Tier

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson

Lena by Jacqueline Woodson

The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Tears of the Tiger by Sharon Draper

Forged By Fire by Sharon Draper

Darkness Before the Dawn by Sharon Draper

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Patina by Jason Reynolds

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

Mike Morales by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Who Am I Without Him by Sharon Flake

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Hip Hop High School by Alan Sitomer

Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes

 

Fourth Tier (*consider parent permission)

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper

November Blues by Sharon Draper

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

*Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles

*Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

*Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

*Tyrell by Coe Booth

*Bronxwood by Coe Booth

 

Fifth Tier

*Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

*Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

*Looking for Alaska by John Green

*Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Sitomer

*Homeboyz by Alan Sitomer

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

*I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

*Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

*Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

*The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

*The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

*Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

*Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

*Tyler Johnson Wasn’t Here by Jay Coates

 

 

An 8th grader from last year: 

DRIVE BY LYNNE EWING, 83 PAGES

SURVIVOR BY PAUL LANGAN, 131 PAGES

SOMEONE TO LOVE ME BY ANNE SCHRAFF, 168 PAGES

PERFECT CHEMISTRY BY SIMONE ELKELES, 384 PAGES

RULES OF ATTRACTION BY SIMONE ELKELES, 352 PAGES

CHAIN REACTION BY SIMONE ELKELES, 336 PAGES 

THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS, 512 PAGES

13 REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER, 288 PAGES 

SONIA RODRIGUEZ BY ALAN SITOMER, 320 PAGES 

LOOKING FOR ALASKA BY JOHN GREENE, 221 PAGES 

BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT BY JASON REYNOLDS, 304 PAGES

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