Book of the Day Archive

February 8, 2019

On the boat we were mostly virgins. We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall. Some of us had eaten nothing but rice gruel as young girls and had slightly bowed legs, and some of us were only fourteen years old and were still young girls ourselves.

Topics: Novel, Family, Historical, Real Life Fiction, Girls, Asian, Immigrants
Grades: 12

February 7, 2019

Dreadlock Man, with his fierce fists and suspect jump shot, sets his stuff ($1.45 sandals, key to bike lock, extra T-shirt) on the bleachers and holds his hands out for the ball.

Topics: Novel, Coming of Age, Family, Real Life Fiction, Sports, Boys, American Experience, Latin / Caribbean
Grades: 7, 8

February 6, 2019

All children, except one, grow up.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 8, 9

February 1, 2019

First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary.

Topics: Novel, Friends or Not?, Family, Humor, Boys, Girls
Grades: 4, 5

January 31, 2019

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction/Dystopia, Girls
Grades: 7, 8, 9

January 30, 2019

It does no good to write autobiographical fiction cause the minute the book hits the stand here comes your mama screamin how could you and sighin death where is thy sting and she snatches you up out your bed to grill you about was was going down back there in Brooklyn when she was working three jobs and trying to improve the quality of your life and come to find on this page that you were messin around with that nasty boy up the block and breaks into sobs and quite naturally your family strolls in all sleepy-eyed to catch the floor show at 5:00 AM but as far as your mama is concerned, it is nineteen-forty-and-something and you ain’t too grown to have your ass whipped.

Topics: Short Stories, Coming of Age, Humor, Real Life Fiction, Girls, African American, American Experience
Grades: 10, 11

January 25, 2019

They took me in my nightgown. Thinking back, the signs were there–the family photographs burned in the fireplace, mother sewing her best silver and jewelry into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work.

Topics: Novel, Coming of Age, Family, Historical, Real Life Fiction, Girls, Europe, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10

January 24, 2019

On a morning in mid-April, 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the Sound to the wide mouth of the Connecticut River and into Saybrook Harbor. Kit Tyler had been on the forecastle deck since daybreak, standing close to the rail, staring hungrily at the first sight of land for five weeks.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Historical, Girls, American Experience
Grades: 5, 6, 7

January 23, 2018

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” and he was sent to bed without any supper.

Topics: Classics, Picture Storybook, Adventure, Arts and Creativity, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Boys
Grades:

January 18, 2019

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

 

Topics: Novel, Family, Real Life Fiction, Boys, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6

January 17, 2019

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the ally behind the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.

Topics: Novel, Family, Real Life Fiction, War and Politics, Boys, American Experience, Immigrants, Middle Eastern
Grades: 10, 11, 12

January 11, 2019

One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night.

Topics: Picture Storybook, Real Life Fiction, African American, No Controversial Bits
Grades:

January 10, 2019

Listen, I was alive once – then I wasn’t.

Topics: Novel, Coming of Age, Humor, Boys
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

January 4, 2019

Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn.

Topics: Classics, Nonfiction, Adventure, Coming of Age, Ecology and Nature, Family, Boys, American Experience
Grades: 10, 11

January 3, 2019

There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Friends or Not?, Family, Science Fiction/Dystopia, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 9, 10

December 27, 2018

I love being fancy. My favorite color is fuchsia. That’s a fancy way of saying purple.

Topics: Picture Storybook, Humor, Girls
Grades:

December 26, 2018

The man who had spoken first asked,”You mean the research done in the late fifties? The plans to build a military base on the moon? I thought that was scrapped.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Science Fiction/Dystopia, Boys, Girls
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

December 21, 2018

One September morning when Kobi was new to kindergarten, her dad, the great Alighieri, came to their classroom and did magic.

Topics: Novel, Friends or Not?, Family, Real Life Fiction, Girls
Grades: 4, 5

December 20, 2018

Uncle Satori says mastery is a well-worn path. (At least, that’s how my cousin Akiko translated it for me, though I rarely take her at her word.) If he’s right, then I am mastering a path of hatred, carving it deeper every day like the scars along my thighs.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Historical, Mystery, Girls, Asian, Immigrants
Grades: 10, 11, 12

December 14, 2018

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Loss, Love, Mystery, Real Life Fiction, Girls, Europe
Grades: 8, 9, 10

December 13, 2018

The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwheliming majority to turn on each other.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Coming of Age, Family, Humor, Boys, Africa, African American, Immigrants
Grades: 10, 11, 12

December 7, 2018

If one’s reputation is a possession, then, of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Sports, African American
Grades: 10, 11, 12

December 6, 2018

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t chubby. Like being Indian, being chubby feels like it is just part of my permanent deal.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Arts and Creativity, Friends or Not?, Humor, Girls, American Experience, Asian, India
Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10

November 30, 2018

In 1978 all the fish I cared about died.

Topics: Nonfiction, Ecology and Nature, Science and Tech, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

November 29, 2018

I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island. At first it seemed like a small shell afloat on the sea. Then it grew larger and was a gull with folded wings.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Coming of Age, Ecology and Nature, Historical, Loss, Real Life Fiction, Girls, Native Peoples, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6, 7

November 23, 2018

What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost. The boy possessed uncommon qualities, the girl was winsome and daring, and the ancient ghost . . . well, let it only be said that his intentions were good.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Love, Scary Stuff, Boys
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9

November 22, 2018

“Somebody must have told them suckers I was coming.” “Who?” I asked. “The Congs, man. Who you think I’m talking ’bout?”

Topics: Novel, Real Life Fiction, War and Politics, Boys, African American
Grades: 9, 10

November 16, 2018

Designing the creatures was only the first step. There was still the monumental task of building them.

Topics: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Storybook, Arts and Creativity, Historical, Science and Tech, Boys, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 3, 4

November 15, 2018

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Boys, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 7, 8, 9

November 9, 2018

They were children themselves, my mother and father, when they started having children in 1967 on the border of South Texas.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Coming of Age, Humor, Boys, American Experience, Latin / Caribbean
Grades: 10, 11, 12