With April beckoning us all in it is time to think about the official selections for Global Read Aloud 2015. While the picture book author has already been selected, (to see who it is, go here!), I now set my sights on the incredible chapter books that will be molding our connections as we kick off October 5th. Please take a moment to read about the choices and then cast your vote. If your favorite book is not on the list, please submit it under other, who know’s, it may just end up being a contender any way!
I think the list of books for our young adults/high school level offer incredible choices this year. So without further ado, here they are in no particular order.
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.
In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.
Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities — and move toward their dreams.
Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories — and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends from talented new author Emma Cameron.
4 thoughts on “Time to Vote for Our Young Adult Choice for Global Read Aloud 2015 #GRA15”
Pernille, my students and I loved GRA14 with One for the Murphys, and I look forward to sharing a text with my students again in the fall. I have not read any of the YA titles. I teach 7th, so the younger books are too young, but the topics in the YA books are a bit edgy for “Bible Belt” East Texas. We Are Liars is behind the librarians desk, and the F bomb in the How it Went Down would get me in hot water, as well as the title of the Meg Medina book. Having dealt with suicide on our campus and my owns son’s attempt, I am not sure I could handle the topic of suicide in All the Bright Places – but it is the one that keeps calling to me. I have not heard of the last contender, Out of This Place, but the reference to drugs would again be questionable in my district. I am hoping to get other teachers in my department to join me this year, but I am not sure there is one title that would work for 6-8. Do you have any suggestions?
Fear not for these are meant to be for high school and up or for those who find their students are ready for these books. The lower and upper middle grade choices, there will be two books like last year, will be published later tonight.
After I looked through some of your other entries, I realized I was in the wrong category. Oops!! I really like the sound of Circus Mirandas – can’t wait until June to read it! Fish in a Tree was incredible; I can’t keep my copies on the shelf. I started Absolutely Almost, but need to find a good chunk of time to finish it. Thanks!