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Books you've read for school
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I think there was another thread like this in the past, but IDK who started it. Anyway, this is for any discussion of boos you've had to read for school, and whether you liked, dislied them, whatever. Personally, some of the best ones I've had to read are: The Outsiders (7th grade, I'm reading it right now and it's so good. It just feels so real and has a lot of good messages, and its amazing that it was written by someone in high school), Number the Stars (5th grade, I don't remember it too well but it's set in Denmark during the Holocaust, and I remember really liking it), and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif (6th grade, a lot of people have probably read this one, but it's really funny, and I love the characters and idea, and it's what got me into myths and the rest of Rick Riordan's books).

submitted by DoodleGirl, age 13, Earth
(May 12, 2020 - 8:20 am)

My family does "Poetry Tea Time" as a part of our homeschooling and we read "Applesauce Weather" which is a book told in poem. I love it so much! It is very good and a page-turner!

submitted by Cynthia M, age 11, USofA
(May 12, 2020 - 8:46 am)
submitted by TOP!, age 13, Earth
(May 12, 2020 - 4:11 pm)

Oh, yeah, I read the Outsiders earlier this year. It was really good, especially for a book you read in school. I'm pretty sure it's practically a law that everyone has to read it in middle school, and I see why.

submitted by PygmyOwl
(May 12, 2020 - 4:58 pm)

This year we've read Esperanza Rising and Blood on the River.

Last year we read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and On My Honor. There was another but I can't remember...

Third grade we read How to Steal a Dog and somthing else I can't remember.

submitted by Luminescence, age XI, California
(May 18, 2020 - 6:01 pm)

In the past few years, I've read the following in school:

- The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I really enjoyed and would highly recommend! Most of my classmates found this to be dystopian, but I consider it utopian... I'd love to have a debate about it if anyone's interested!

- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which I didn't enjoy, per se, but found meaningful. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read it for school, to be honest.

- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which I loved and highly, highly recommend! It's really well-written and often infuriating, and it taught me a ton about the criminal justice system and injustice in America. This was the book that first made me want to be a lawyer. (Note that there's a YA version and an adult version; either, but especially the adult version, might not be appropriate for everyone on the CB, so check with your parents before reading it.)

- Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K LeGuin, which I actually enjoyed more reading in school than I would have otherwise! It has some really meaningful and relevant quotes, like "In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music."

- Maus by Art Spiegelman, which is a graphic novel, and which I didn't particularly enjoy, but that might have been because we were forced to read it really s l o w l y and look for the effects of shading and layout and other boring, pointless things.

submitted by Kitten, she/her/hers
(May 19, 2020 - 8:46 pm)

Maus is amazing! I can understand why you didn't like it, though, as I've always really hated anything that anyone tries to make me read. I was reading my school's copy and was halfway through when the pandemic hit :-( but I am asking for my own copy for my birthday so I will hopefully finally be able to finish it! 

submitted by Ailerua, age 12, Somewhere or Nowhere
(May 26, 2020 - 1:04 am)

Just Mercy is one of the greatest and most important books I've read in my entire life. It's phenomenal.

submitted by September
(May 29, 2020 - 7:36 pm)

I'm rather old, so I've read a lot of books for school. Please note that these may not be appropriate for younger CBers. I've denoted those ones with a *. 

6th grade: The Giver by Lois Lowry. I'm sure I read another book— but I can't remember it right now. 

7th grade: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Climbing the Stairs by T.V. Padma, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (please note that there is content in this one that some may find scandalous.) 

8th grade: Lord of the Flies by William Golding*, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley*, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare*

9th grade: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*, Othello by William Shakespeare*

10th grade: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi **, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*, Master Harold. . . and the boys by Athol Fugard **, A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid **, The Tempest by William Shakespeare *, A Tempest by Aime Cesaire **

submitted by September
(May 29, 2020 - 7:35 pm)