Notes from An Alien

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Ten Books My Students Recommended to Me by Amy Estersohn

Today’s re-blog shows how much tweens and teens can help their teachers with the task of obtaining books :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I’m the first to admit it: I spend about as much time prowling for new books as I do reading them.  I mine the state awards list of lists when I am looking for crowdpleaser titles for tweens and teens.  I look at the lovingly maintained starred reviews Google Doc to know what the critics are talking about.  Every year I hand-enter titles from Nancie Atwell’s list, which I use to find off-the-beaten path gems.  

But sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones.  Rather than have to bend over backwards all the time to find new books, I should pay more attention to what my students are recommending to me.

Here are books that I would not have discovered were it not for student recommendations:

Off The Page

Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

“I don’t like fantasy, but this one, you should read,” a lover of…

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