Last weekend I took a trip to Texas with my family. With close to 26 hours in the car round trip and most of the time spent in the passenger seat, I had plenty of time to read. The four books I got through (one I started in the car and finished on Tuesday) were:
I adore my Original Book Buddy. The conversations we have about the things that either one of us reads are phenomenal. And he's in sixth grade. We're going back to Tuesday book-dates, which makes me all sorts of happy.
Readers who struggle with the balance between their Mexican and American identities (see also: Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang) will understand Danny's internal conflict. For my students who requested books about baseball and I had nothing to recommend... here ya go.
this list, which includes authors like Walter Dean Myers, Jodi Piccoult and Todd Strasser.
The rest of the books in my Christmas present book order were
Maze Runner by James Dashner <-- Currently Reading...
Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena
13: Thirteen Stories that Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of being Thirteen edited by James Howe
Mindtwisters: Stories to Shread Your Head by Neal Shusterman
Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
No Easy Answers: Stories about Teenagers Making Tough Choices edited by Donald R. Gallo