Book of the Day Archive

August 16, 2018

We shot dogs. Not by accident. We did it on purpose, and we called it Operation Scooby.

Topics: Classics, Short Stories, Humor, Loss, War, American Experience, Middle Eastern
Grades: College Plus

August 10, 2018

Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle, and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because men, groping in the Arctic Darkness, had found a yellow metal.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Real Life Fiction, Boys, American Experience, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 9, 10

August 9, 2018

It was a dark and stormy night.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Family Matters, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 6

August 3, 2018

My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Family Matters, Friends or Not?, Real Life Fiction, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 4

August 2, 2018

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Historical, Humor, Europe, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 8, 9, 10

July 27, 2018

The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Science Fiction/Dystopia
Grades: 10, 11

July 26, 2018

First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Historical, Loss, Real Life Fiction, War, Boys, American Experience, Asian
Grades: 11, 12, College Plus

July 19, 2018

A mouse was looking at Mario. The mouse’s name was Tucker, and he was sitting in the opening of an abandoned drainpipe in the subway station in Times Square.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Friends or Not?, Boys, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 4, 5

July 13, 2018

I was not there, yet I was there.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Coming of Age, Family Matters, God and Religion, Historical, Real Life Fiction, Boys, African American, American Experience, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12, College Plus