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Recently my students compiled a list of their favorite books they’d read to share with friends and family. I posted last year’s list and it was viewed many times by relatives wanting gift ideas for teens, librarians, and other teachers. Please feel free to post on FB and spread the news on Twitter. My students would love if you linked here from other blogs, too! Please help us keep track by utilizing this link: http://bit.ly/ijOrnI

Now, without further ado or delay….drum roll, please….
MRS. LIGHT’S TRAILBLAZER TEAM BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2011

2011 Trailblazer Book Suggestions

ACTION/ADVENTURE
Zack’s Lie and Jack’s Run by Roland Smith
Alex Rider – a series by Anthony Horowitz
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikkelson

FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL
Bone Chiller by Graham McNamee
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (and sequels)
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zeven
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympians by Rick Riordan

HUMOR
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Heads or Tails and Jack’s Black Book by Jack Gantos
Joey Pigza Swallowed a Key and others by Jack Gantos
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne and Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies

SCIENCE FICTION
I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore

MYSTERY
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funk. (Higher-level readers)
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Treton Lee Stewart
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
A Mango Shaped Space AND Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard. Full of drama
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford
 
HISTORICAL FICTION
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

DYSTOPIAN
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Two sequels:
    Catching Fire & Mockingjay
Matched by Ally Condie
The Enemy by Carles Higson

NON-FICTION
A Child Called It by David Pelzer About child abuse.
Kids Cook by Betty Krofer. Cookbook for kids: tasty/easy

GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Bone by Jeff Smith.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

Authors with many popular books:
P.B. Kerr: The Children of the Lamp - a series
Sara Dessen: Along for the Ride, Lullaby, Someone Like You, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key
Laurie Halse Anderson: Fever, Chains, Speak, & more
Meg Cabot: Run Away, Airhead, Being Niki, Princess Diaries.
Ellen Hopkins: Novels in verse. Glass, Crank, Burned
Margaret Peterson Haddix: The Shadow Children Series, Double Identity, The Missing, Running Out of Time, & more
Mike Lupica: Bat Boy, Safe at Home, The Big Field, Heat, Travel Team, Miracle on 49th Street, Summer Ball, and others
Darren Shan: The Cirque du Freak series
Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl, Airman, & Supernaturalist
Carl Haissen: Flush, Scat, and Hoot
Gary Paulsen: Hatchet, NightJohn, Brian’s Winter, The Haymeadow, Lawn Boy, Soldier’s Heart, and Woods Runner
Ben Mikaelsen: Petey, Touching Spirit Bear, Rescue Josh McGuire, Countdown, and Sparrow Hawk Red
Jerry Spinelli: Milkweed, Crash, Maniac Magee, & Loser




Comments

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wordsrmylife
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
This is a great list, Marjorie! It's always good to see what kids are actually reading and recommending.
Ms. Yingling
Nov. 1st, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Great list
This list is not too different from the liast my students have, but there are a few new ones for me to check out!
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