Titles that Reach
the Students you Teach
most impt. 1st
|Gr.Lv||Rating||Synopsis -- approx 100 wds||What makes this title rich?|
phrases are good.
|Datisman, Eve||Deyoung, Andrew||The Exo Project||9781629796109||F, SF||7+||AD+||Debut novel is Star Trek original and Abrams’ reboot worthy. Take an ecological disaster on earth – no clean air, no clean water, dying crops and a dystopian split between the super-rich and the 99%; add a corporate cryogenic project that will send volunteers on a one-way 100 light year voyage from launch to explore new habitable worlds, mix in first contact, fear of newcomers, old biases from Earth, power struggles yielding disruption of the old order on Earth as well as on Gle’ah, cool with some telepathy, peacemaking, and planetary discoveries; frost with a love story between the boy from earth and the girl from Gle’ah, sprinkle nanites liberally.||ties to STEM and Social studies discussions on ethics|
pair with Andy Wier's The Martian or Mary Roach's Packing for Mars
|Datisman, Eve||Freedman, Russell||Vietnam: A history of a war||9780823436583||NF, US history, Vietnam War||7+||Freedman has presented an exercise in concision in explaining one America's most controversial wars. No small feat. He begins with how the US involvement in the 1950s cold war politics enmeshed us in a war 8000 miles away. Then then explains how 20 years later it was so difficult to exit. He focuses on North Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh and his bid for power, switches to U.S. involvement in the region and how President Kennedy and subsequent presidents were caught in the cross fire of opposing opinions on Vietnam and the idea it was the first line of defense against Communist expansion. Freedman covers President Lyndon B. Johnsonâ's escalation of the war after the Gulf of Tonkin incident (which probably never happened), the growth of the American anti-war movement, the My Lai massacre, the shootings at Kent State, Martin Luther King Jr.'s anti-war speeches, the Watergate scandal, and the unraveling of the Nixon presidency. Early chapters detail Vietnam’s long road to revolution, and the volume concludes with its moral lessons, including U.S. Ambassador Peter Petersons reflection that the “war could have been averted had we made the effort to understand the politics of the place.”||particually handy for CWP |
concise -- makes a complicated period in history easier to understand
allows for discussion about wht influences US foreign policy
primary documents links and lists
pair with Steve Sheinkin's Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War.
|Datisman, Eve||Bailey, Em||The special ones||9780544912298||F, psych. horror, realistic||7+||R||Esther, is one of the Special Ones, four spiritual guides who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are-- all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther is working hard to play her part. If he finds out she's not really Special, he'll renew her. No one knows what happens, but it can’t be good. As daily survival becomes more challenging, the pressure mounts for Esther to keep up the ruse or face the uncertainty of judgment and renewal.||Complex story |
viscerally reveals the quiet terrors of captivity and brainwashing
|Datisman, Eve||Creedle, Laura||The love letters of Abelard and Lili||9780544932050||F, Realistic Fiction||YA||AD+||Debut novel. Lily Michaels-Ryan, a 10th grader in Austin, TX, craves normalcy and peace; instead, she breaks things, runs away from unpleasant situations, invades people's personal space, and arrives chronically late for everything. She is a slow, avid, reader living with ADHD and dyslexia. One of her impulses leads her to Abelard, a classmate with Asperger’s syndrome. They’re probably the only teens at their school who have read The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise; they begin a text correspondence in which they quote the book heavily. In fact, the text sessions seem better than some of their real-life encounters. When Lily thinks she is going to lose Abelard, she goes into full destructive mode, which, ironically, heads her in the right direction||Entertaining, thought-provoking, and unsettling -- in a good way|
Lily, the first-person narrator, is feisty, funny, and introspective
Abelard’s portrayal dispels the erroneous notion that people with autism lack emotion
Based on the author’s experience coping with ADHD
|Datisman, Eve||Hartfield, Claire||A few red drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919||9780544785137||NF, US history, race relations,|
|6-12||R*||Chicago has had an uneasy inheritance of race relations since the first of the great migrations of freed blacks after the civil war. Mix the influx of immigrants from Europe and the tycoons of the stockyards and packing plants and real estate pitting the groups against each other in the name of profit. Add the politicians and police who made no attempt to defuse the tension and it’s easy to see why a riot could occur and have lasting effects for a century. Hatfield explores the beginning of this legacy -- a white man throwing a stone that killed a teenage black boy out for a day at the beach during a heat wave on July 27, 1919.||Quotes, statistics, and period photos help build background. |
Epilogue describes the partly successful results of a commission charged with instigating change and mentions other unhappy events of the “Red Summer” of 1919: 25 additional race riots across the U.S.
Augmented account of conflict with profiles of various Chicagoans, including abolitionists, meatpacking barons, union leaders, journalists, and politicians.
Photos, editorial cartoons, and advertisements further immerse readers in this vivid history.
Makes connections to contemporary news
|Datisman, Eve||Lee, Sungju||Every falling star: The true story of how I survived and escaped North Korea||9781419727610||NF, memoir||6-12+||R||Lee, an only child, lived comfortably in the nation's capital of Pyongyang because his father was a well-respected member of the military. With no warning, the 11-year-old boy and his parents were deported to the countryside. Lee, sheltered in Pyongyang, was horrified by life in Gyeong-seong; mass hunger, public executions, and unemployment are rampant. Abandoned by both of his parents during the famine, Lee is forced into the gang-life of street boys. They travel the country--stealing in markets; fighting other gangs for territory; smoking, drinking, and using opium; getting arrested and imprisoned; finding clients for a madam's "nightflowers," and losing two of their friends in brutal attacks||Lee provides a summary of the history of Korea and the politics of the famine in North Korea, achieving a balance between historical context and storytelling.|
Harrowing account evokes the dystopian futures imagined in contemporary YA novels. It’s a chilling reminder that such places exist right now in reality
Written from a young child’s POV - some of the horrific details are glossed over because of that.
taking responsibility for oneself
excelent for disucsiion of contemporary issues
|Datisman, Eve||Levinson, Cynthia & Sanford||Fault lines in the Constitution: The framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today||9781561459452||NF, Civics||6-12||AD+||The United States Constitution has been amended 27 times since its 1788 ratification; but the Levinsons make the reasonable and compelling case that further revision will make it even more efficient and just. They explain how many of the political issues we struggle with today are rooted in flaws in the U.S. Constitution.||Provides readers with a broad context of constitutional law. Helpful illustrations resemble infographics, pulling out startling facts from the text and repackaging them visually. Concludes with the authors debating the pros and cons of a second Constitutional Convention. |
Useful for class discussions, debate teams, and reports Caveat: textbook 2-column layout may put students off.
|Datisman, Eve||Nardo, Don||Edward S. Curtis chronicles native nations||9781532110153||NF, Native Americans, |
|4+||AD+||Nardo examines how Curtis images helped inform our understanding of Native cultures, as well as the impact the images had at the time & today. He portrays Curtis as a well-meaning man, who genuinely believed he was chronicling dying cultures and made great personal sacrifices in completing his project, the 20 volume Indians of North America as well as his movie The Land of the Head Hunters. The contemporary perspective is illuminating, addressing what Curtis got wrong; the hypocritical attitudes of Curtis’ contemporaries, who idealized Native culture while simultaneously enacting policies that laid waste to Native lands and traditions; and how Curtis’ stunning but highly romanticized images have continued to produce misrepresentations of Native American groups||Sidebars and caption are particularly helpful |
well-balanced, highly informative analysis on a lesser-known American icon.
Especially useful in the Northwest.
Includes glossary, selected bib. for further readings, website list bibliographical references source notes and index.
|Datisman, Eve||Blakemore, M.T.||White Privilege – Race in America Series||9781532110399||NF, Race Relations,|
|7+||Racial inequality is entrenched in America. At times racism is unmistakable, as when white settlers forced Native Americans from their land or African Americans were denied service in public places. Other times it is less obvious. Race in America examines the bias, discrimination, and privilege that is ensconced in the American way of life. Provides a closer look at race and racism in America today and throughout US history, allowing readers to form their own opinions on the subject. Blakemore illustrates white privilege through analogy and explores what it means to be white, the implicit biases, and the privileges that it confers at the expense of people of color. She gives a brief history of white supremacy and covers the issues of white privilege in the media, politics, and education. She also provides an overview of the critiques white privilege (includes Macklemore’s rap)||Provides a roadmap for moving to change race relations|
Sidebars in each section highlight important information or provide questions.
Includes Essential facts, Key players, Impact on Society, Quotes, Glossary, Source notes by chapter, Bib. and further reading, websites, For more information, index.
Very readable, more approachable than most books of this type.