From School Library Journal
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
, 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
, Life of Pi
, 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.