February 14, 2019

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Romeo and Juliet

By: William Shakespeare
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.  --Simon & Schuster
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Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
  • Eleanor & Park
    Rainbow Rowell

    Eleanor & Park

    By: Rainbow Rowell
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

    Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we're 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2014. 2014 Michael Printz Honor Book. —from the website at Macmillan

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
    Benjamin Alire Saenz

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2013. 2013 Michael Printz Honor Book. Stonewall Book Award Winner 2013. Lambda Literary Award 2013 —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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  • Star Crossed
    Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Star Crossed

    By: Elizabeth C. Bunce
    Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9

    16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship (and some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - and rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion. --from Scholastic.

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet

    By: William Shakespeare
    Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

    In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.  --Simon & Schuster

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    Score a physical copy of the book.