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Bluford Series Boxed Set, Books 1-15 Paperback – December 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2135 pages
  • Publisher: Townsend Press; Box edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591941822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591941828
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most popular new series of adolescent literature is the Bluford Series . . . Students love the books regardless of their background. --Rosemarye T. Taylor, author of Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning for Students in Grades 4-12.<br /><br />The Bluford Series are contemporary texts that engage teachers and students alike. --Dale Moxle, author of Literacy Coaching, a Handbook for School Leaders.

"The second book (used with the class) was The Bully by Paul Langan, and it took the next six periods of eighth-grade classes by storm. I was no more than 2 paragraphs into reading my chosen chapter when I could tell from the absolute silence that the audience was hookedSilence gave way to choral groans and laughter before a tense moment resulted in silence again and finally cheers when the protagonist, a small bullied ninth grader named Darrell, confronted the school bully Tyray, unexpectedly in the school cafeteria and sent him sprawling in a pool of spilled spaghetti. " --James Blasingame from Books That Don't Bore 'Em, Scholastic, New York, NY. 2007

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I have throughly enjoyed reading these books with my students.
VGH
They can't wait for one person to finish so they can pass them on to the next.
MaryAnn Kapacs
These are great books for teens because they're pretty realistic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GA400 on May 18, 2009
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I teach international students English in an Atlanta ex-urb. It is very difficult to get my kids engaged in reading, especially when some of them have only just arrived in this country. Finding texts that interest teens and are accessible to them is a rarity. However, one of my students raved about the Bluford Series. Since this was a child who spent much of his class time trying to listen to his IPod, I was very interested and decided to buy the 15-book boxed set. The first day that I passed the box around the class, the students spent the whole period reading. They did the same thing on the second day! My students--and I--are thrilled. THANKS!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debbie in Lakelands on January 11, 2009
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I bought this boxed set for my daughter's students who are in 8th grade in Harlem. They were so excited to receive these books just before winter break! They called me a left a message on my answering machine thanking me repeatedly for sending the books. My daughter reports that her students devour these books. So, I sent her another set for her students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VGH on March 22, 2010
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I read the entire series myself and then decided that I would share it with my granddaughters. I have throughly enjoyed reading these books with my students. They are able to identify with the content. Very well written for students of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom of struggling reader on March 20, 2010
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I am a reading specialist at the high school level. I have found my students to enjoy reading the books in this collection. They are short books with sentences that are not too long or complex. The subjects seem to be of high interest teenage-type stories. The content is definitely a bit "rough" as you can sense from some of the titles. The subliminal message given though is good prevails over evil. Average reading level around 8 grade.
I'd recommend them as part of a classroom collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Nkenge on May 7, 2012
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My daughter was assigned to read one of the Bluford series books by her 8th grade ELA teacher. She enjoyed the assigned book so much, I decided to surprise her with the 15-book boxed set. When we opened the Amazon box with great anticipation (we always get such great things c/o Amazon), she shouted with glee and promptly ran up to her bedroom to add the series to her library (She thanked me properly much later). That weekend she began reading other books in the series without prompting and hails this as the 'best surprise gift ever'. Clearly a great choice for teens...go Mom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisa A. Mayo on February 24, 2010
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As part of a mentoring program at a public school, I can tell you these books are the best! Our middle school librarian raves about them and has a hard time keeping them in the library. Not only that, but my mentee (a teenaged girl who hated reading at the beginning of our year together) checks these books out and READS them! I can't tell you how this new-found love for reading has changed her! Buy the series! You won't regret it.
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By Mr. S on February 11, 2012
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I'll admit that I'm not very familiar with the book series except that I know it's rich in "drama" and features characters in the teenage range. I have found that girls and some boys really enjoy the series. To me, when a reluctant reader requests a book, I FIND that book; this time I bought the set because our library only has one ore two of them. A nice ripple effect occurred when I bought this set: one student after another started reading them, students that typically say, "Books are dumb; they're boring." For the simple fact that these books keep students engaged and coming back for more, I'd highly recommend it for the teenage reader.
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A Kid's Review on July 15, 2010
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I got these books for my niece and she loves them. I also love the fact that young African American children can read about people who look like them and live in the same type of neighborhoods as they do. I feel they can also relate to the issues. So, please get this for your or any child and help them to start love reading.
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