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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; annotated edition edition (May 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807032557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807032558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors have selected nearly 400 fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles, all of which have "something that made them extraordinary to readers who love books…." The list follows seven essays contributed by English teachers on their experiences with Bless Me, Ultima, The Things They Carried, Oresteia, Reservation Blues, Song of Solomon, Bastard Out of Carolina and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These anecdotal stories offer lighthearted, "in the trenches" accounts of the teachers' attempts to create meaningful connections between their students and the material. The alphabetical list of books offers brief annotations for classic and modern titles including To Kill a Mockingbird, Dune, Life of Pi, Cut, and Poisonwood Bible. Subject categories range from the usual ("African-American Experience") to the unusual ("Big Fat Books to Take on a Road Trip"). A refreshing bibliography with good instincts about what's "great."–Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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About the Author

Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford both teach English at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mbear on March 17, 2011
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I had really high expectations for this book. Finding things for kids to read is so tough. Teachers are not much help and when I saw this book I thought I had found it. There are great books in here, with good ideas, but it had so much useless stuff. Tell me what boys like, girls like--they have different interests yes! Make the book easier to read. I really did not want to have to read the whole book to figure out one or two good ideas. Plus, for me, I am looking for a guide, not a personal story. Dissapointing overall.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Maran on May 24, 2004
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When I wrote a book about Berkeley High School (Class Dismissed, October 2000), I was captivated and inspired by Rick Ayers' and Amy Crawford's dedicated, innovative and intelligent teaching methods--that's why they were two of the four teachers profiled in the book. This book is the text version of their dedication, innovation, and intelligence, and no high school teacher--or parent--should be without it. Brilliant and necessary!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Lock on October 1, 2007
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Excellent "Great Books" reference for High School Students. You can search alphabetically or by topic. Very useful book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R. Vincent on January 11, 2014
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It is exactly what it sounds like- lists of book by genres, interests, and age-grouping or theme. It was cheap, too. I expected more to the book, but as a reading teacher it is nice to have, as it sticks to good-quality literature (I am a bit of a purist), and will help with organizing my class library.
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