March 15, 2019

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This book was born as I was hungry.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
Allen Zadoff

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have

By: Allen Zadoff
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11

Life used to be so simple for Andrew—hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat, eat, eat. He's used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants. But then Andrew meets April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he's going to have to make some changes. Fast. Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the girl of his dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together? How far should you go to be the person you really want to be? Andrew is about to find out. —from the website at Lerner Publishing Group

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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)
Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)

By: Suzanne Collins
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before, and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. —from the Scholastic website

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Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan

Omnivore's Dilemma

By: Michael Pollan
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore's Dilemma is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

Life of Pi

By: Yann Martel
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat after the shipwreck, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional — but is it more true? —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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