Book of the Day Archive

September 21, 2018

Eleven-year-old Virgil Salinas already regretted the rest of middle school, and he’d only just finished sixth grade. He imagined all those years stretching ahead of him like a long line of hurdles, each of them getting taller, thicker, and heavier, and him standing in front of them on his weak and skinny legs.

Topics: Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Girls, LGBTQ, Latino / Caribbean, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 5, 6, 9

September 14, 2018

When the deacons at our Bible Belt church cued up a horror flick aimed at dramatizing Hell according to the apocalyptic book of Revelation, I figured I better get right with God, and soon.

Topics: African American, American Experience, Biography, Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Humor, Latino / Caribbean, Memoir, Nonfiction
Grades: 10, 11, 12

September 13, 2018

Today I moved to a twelve acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water.

Topics: Coming of Age, Ecology and Nature, Historical, Humor, No Controversial Bits, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 5, 6, 10, 11, 12

September 7, 2018

My name is LaVaughn and I am 15. When a little kid draws a picture it is all a big face and some arms stuck on. That’s their life. Well then, you get older and you are a whole mess of things, new thoughts, sorry feelings, big plans, enormous doubts, going along hoping and getting disappointed, over and over again. Nno wonder I don’t recognize my little crayon picture.

Topics: African American, Coming of Age, Girls, Love, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 9, 10, 11

September 6, 2018

It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

Topics: Adventure, Boys, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Novel
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9

August 31, 2018

Miyax pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun. It was a yellow disc in a lime green sky, the colors of six o’clock in the evening and the time when the wolves awoke.

Topics: Adventure, American Experience, Classics, Ecology and Nature, Girls, No Controversial Bits, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades:

August 24, 2018

They didn’t say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back. I lay face down on the cobbled floor in a pool of nameless muck, my arm deep inside the straining cow, my feet scrabbling for a toe hold between the stones.

Topics: American Experience, Coming of Age, Humor, Memoir, No Controversial Bits, Nonfiction, Science and Tech
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

August 23, 2018

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Topics: American Experience, Boys, Coming of Age, Family, Historical, No Controversial Bits, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7

August 22, 2018

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came.
Topics: Adventure, Boys, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Girls, Mystery, No Controversial Bits, Novel, The Dark Side
Grades: 7, 8

August 17, 2018

I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA¬č, a country caught between Black and White.

Topics: African American, American Experience, Coming of Age, Family, Historical, Novel, Real Life Fiction
Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11