Thursday, July 14, 2011

From My Students to Yours

Recently my students compiled a list of their favorite books they’d read to share with friends and family. I posted last year’s list and it was viewed many times by relatives wanting gift ideas for teens, librarians, and other teachers. Please feel free to post on FB and spread the news on Twitter. My students would love if you linked here from other blogs, too! Please help us keep track by utilizing this link:

Now, without further ado or delay….drum roll, please….

2011 Trailblazer Book Suggestions

Zack’s Lie and Jack’s Run by Roland Smith
Alex Rider – a series by Anthony Horowitz
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikkelson

Bone Chiller by Graham McNamee
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (and sequels)
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zeven
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympians by Rick Riordan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper
Heads or Tails and Jack’s Black Book by Jack Gantos
Joey Pigza Swallowed a Key and others by Jack Gantos
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne and Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies

I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funk. (Higher-level readers)
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Treton Lee Stewart
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser


Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
A Mango Shaped Space AND Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard. Full of drama
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Carter’s Big Break
by Brent Crawford

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Two sequels:
    Catching Fire & Mockingjay
Matched by Ally Condie
The Enemy by Carles Higson

A Child Called It by David Pelzer About child abuse.
Kids Cook by Betty Krofer. Cookbook for kids: tasty/easy

Bone by Jeff Smith.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

Authors with many popular books:
P.B. Kerr: The Children of the Lamp - a series
Sara Dessen: Along for the Ride, Lullaby, Someone Like You, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key
Laurie Halse Anderson: Fever, Chains, Speak, & more
Meg Cabot: Run Away, Airhead, Being Niki, Princess Diaries.
Ellen Hopkins: Novels in verse. Glass, Crank, Burned
Margaret Peterson Haddix: The Shadow Children Series, Double Identity, The Missing, Running Out of Time, & more
Mike Lupica: Bat Boy, Safe at Home, The Big Field, Heat, Travel Team, Miracle on 49th Street, Summer Ball, and others
Darren Shan: The Cirque du Freak series
Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl, Airman, & Supernaturalist
Carl Haissen: Flush, Scat, and Hoot
Gary Paulsen: Hatchet, NightJohn, Brian’s Winter, The Haymeadow, Lawn Boy, Soldier’s Heart, and Woods Runner
Ben Mikaelsen: Petey, Touching Spirit Bear, Rescue Josh McGuire, Countdown, and Sparrow Hawk Red
Jerry Spinelli: Milkweed, Crash, Maniac Magee, & Loser



  1. Great list, Marjorie. Your students have been reading many of my students favourites. I do something similar each year end with my 7th and 8th graders. What grade(s) do you teach?

  2. Mardie - I teach 7th grade and just love their enthusiasm and joy. Many books did not make the list due to space issues. Each student was asked to list ten and then rank the top three. Some even refused, saying I had given them too small of a number and turned in more!! haha

    One student had read 64 books this year!! ("Some twice," he pointed out to me.)

    One of my favorite years ever.