Middle School students will be reading one of the Morning Calm books for the Spring Read & Roar during Advisory in January. Students will need to purchase a copy of the book but do NOT read it over break. You can order books from What the Book or Amazon. If you have forgotten what book you are reading please check the Advisory page in Edmodo.
I am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Teenage boy assassin begins to question whether he is working for the good guys or the bad guys during an intense assignment when he gets too close to his mark and the target. Very James Bondish--especially the most recent "Spectre" Bond who is questioning his desire to continue to be a spy. MS 8+/ HS
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Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Willa is the new girl in town. After years moving with her artist mother, it looks like they have really hit the big time. But the new house and fancy school are not all they are cracked up to be. Willa doesn't like how some of the less wealthy students at her new school are being treated and she wants to help. So she becomes a modern day Robin Hood. When things start to get dangerous, Willa has to figure out who she can trust. MS8+/HS
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I read two fantastic books recently that both happened to deal with mental health issues. Both were thoughtful and realistic portrayals of the challenges people with mental illness face.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People
The novel explores the experience of 15-year-old, Caden Bosch, as he experiences a psychotic episode and is sent to a mental hospital for treatment. The author does a fantastic job intertwining the two worlds of Caden as he struggles with what is real and what is a delusion. Realistic and heartrending the reader feels as confused and lost as Caden at times. MS/HS Schizophrenia, Mental Illness, Family
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Mikey and his friends are not Indie kids; they are the background characters in the fantasy "chosen one to save the world" stories. While random weird stuff is going on in their town; they are just trying to graduate high school and figure out the whole life thing. But Mikey and his friends are pretty extraordinary in their own ordinary way. I liked the conceit of the story: the story of the ordinary background people usually found in the fantasy stories. I liked how the mental health issues (OCD and anorexia) were a part of the characters' lives but not their whole lives. I liked how there was conflict but also conversation. They talked to each other and were multifaceted characters. HS Fantasy, High School, Coming of Age, Relationships, Diverse, Mental Illness, GLBT
If you liked these books you might try some of the following books. Also check out the 616 section in nonfiction for some great informational books on mental illnesses.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
When super villain, Ballister Blackheart gets a new sidekick, Nimona he gets more than he bargained for. Nimona is a young, but powerful shapeshifter who relishes wreaking havoc on their enemies. Blackheart sets out to prove that his nemesis, Ambrosius Goldenloin, and his bosses at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are the ones who are up to no good. This graphic novel is funny, full of adventure and has plenty of heart. MS/HS Magic, Science, Heroes & Villains, Friendship, Love, Shape-shifters, Humor
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol 3 by Svetlana Chmakova
The Hunters are betrayed and battle with the werewolves. The search for the Weirn continues. MS/HS Shapeshifters, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol 4 by Svetlana Chmakova
The final episode includes an epic battle with the Sohrem who are trying to destroy the world.MS/HS Shapeshifters, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
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