May 9, 2019

Think you know books?

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

I wondered about you when you told me never to leave a box of wooden, strike-anywhere matches out around the house because the mice might get into them and start a fire.
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression. They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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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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Playing With Matches
Suri Rosen

Playing With Matches

By: Suri Rosen
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt — but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “Match- Maven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One. A cross between Jane Austen’s Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker, Raina’s double life soon has her barely staying awake in class. Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her tanking grades mean a second expulsion? In her debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself. --From ECW Press

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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
Billy Collins

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems

By: Billy Collins
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12, College Plus

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with generous selections from his four most recent books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. . --From the website at Penguin Random House

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