August 21, 2019

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

One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Peter Cameron

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

By: Peter Cameron
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him-including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected. —from the website at Macmillan

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Call it Sleep
Henry Roth

Call it Sleep

By: Henry Roth
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

When Henry Roth published his debut novel Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greeted with considerable critical acclaim though, in those troubled times, lackluster sales. Only with its paperback publication thirty years later did this novel receive the recognition it deserves—--and still enjoys. Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide, Call It Sleep is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the "dangerously imaginative" child coming of age in the slums of New York. --From the website at Macmillan

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13 Reasons Why
Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why

By: Jay Asher
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. Need to talk? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime if you are in the United States. It's free and confidential. --From Penguin

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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. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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