July 5, 2019

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A Separate Peace

By: Jonathan Knowles
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. —from the Scholastic website
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  • The Chocolate War
    Robert Cormier

    The Chocolate War

    By: Robert Cormier
    Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

    This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders and John Knowles's A Separate Peace. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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  • The Boy Who Owned the School
    Gary Paulsen

    The Boy Who Owned the School

    By: Gary Paulsen
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    Jacob Freisten's goal in life is to go about unnoticed. He's perfect at gliding past the jocks' lockers and sneaking into his English class. That was, until now. If Jacob wants to pass English, he must work for extra credit on the stage crew of the school production of "The Wizard of Oz". Jacob, who is usually in a fog anyway, has the the job of running the fog machine. The problem is that Maria Tresser, the girl of his dreams, is cast as the Wicked Witch. Jacob's already made a fool of himself in front of Maria. How can he face her again? —from the Scholastic website

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  • God Went to Beauty School
    Cynthia Rylant

    God Went to Beauty School

    By: Cynthia Rylant
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

    A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world. Cynthia Rylant takes teens on an invigorating spiritual journey as she explores what God's life on Earth might be like. Rylant's reflective and often humorous verse follows God as he tries out human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti. God Went to Beauty School combines the awesome with the everyday in an accessible, thought-provoking, and intelligent manner. --From the website at HarperCollins

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  • A Separate Peace
    Jonathan Knowles

    A Separate Peace

    By: Jonathan Knowles
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. —from the Scholastic website

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