Book of the Day Archive

January 18, 2019

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

 

Topics: Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Memoir, Nonfiction
Grades: 6

January 17, 2019

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the ally behind the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.

Topics: American Experience, Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Immigrants, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 10, 11, 12

January 11, 2019

One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night.

Topics: Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Girls, No Controversial Bits, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades:

January 10, 2019

Listen, I was alive once – then I wasn’t.

Topics: Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Humor, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11

January 4, 2019

Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn.

Topics: American Experience, Boys, Coming of Age, Ecology and Nature, Family, Nonfiction, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 10, 11

January 3, 2019

There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.

Topics: Coming of Age, Family, Girls, No Controversial Bits, Novel
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

December 27, 2018

I love being fancy. My favorite color is fuchsia. That’s a fancy way of saying purple.

Topics: Girls, No Controversial Bits, Picture Storybook
Grades: 2

December 26, 2018

The man who had spoken first asked,”You mean the research done in the late fifties? The plans to build a military base on the moon? I thought that was scrapped.

Topics: Adventure, Boys, Girls, Historical, No Controversial Bits, Novel, Science and Tech
Grades: 3, 4, 11, 12

December 21, 2018

One September morning when Kobi was new to kindergarten, her dad, the great Alighieri, came to their classroom and did magic.

Topics: Adventure, Boys, Family, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Girls, Novel
Grades: 4, 5

December 20, 2018

Uncle Satori says mastery is a well-worn path. (At least, that’s how my cousin Akiko translated it for me, though I rarely take her at her word.) If he’s right, then I am mastering a path of hatred, carving it deeper every day like the scars along my thighs.

Topics: Asian, Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Girls, Historical, Immigrants, Love, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 10, 11, 12