April 10, 2019

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

It was a pleasure to burn.
Bonfire of the Vanities
Tom Wolfe

Bonfire of the Vanities

By: Tom Wolfe
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

The #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. --From the website at Macmillan

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The Burn Journals
Brent Runyon

The Burn Journals

By: Brent Runyon
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

"I don't want to get out of bed. I'm so stupid. I did so many things wrong. I don't know what to do. I'm going to be in so much trouble. What am I going to do? I'm completely screwed." In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match. He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he'd done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life. In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

By: Ray Bradbury
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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A Fire in My Hands
Gary Soto

A Fire in My Hands

By: Gary Soto
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

Few writers capture the everyday moments of life like Gary Soto. In direct and vivid poems, he draws from his own youth in California's Central Valley to portray the joys and sorrows of young people. His writing focuses on Latino characters, yet speaks to readers of all ethnicities. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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