Here is a list of books I highly recommend.

smartestkidsA thought-provoking book, the smartest kids in the world and how they got that way by Amanda Ripley will get your metacognitive juices flowing.

Americas’ most privileged, smart teenagers are being outperformed by other teens from around the world in math. Why? Ripley goes on a quest to find out and what she finds will make all educators rethink EVERYTHING! Excellent choice for a teacher book club read!
subjectsmatterJust as the title says, Subjects Matter by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman is every teacher’s guide to content-area reading. Wonderful research-based strategies are highlighted with examples.

This practical book also includes help in creating book clubs and an impressive list of books to use in the content-areas. Content-area teachers who really want to commit to strengthening their literacy instruction now have a great resource.
bookloveI’m sending a little love Penny Kittle’s way. I really adored Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers. So much so, I highlighted, sticky-noted, and text coded the book to death!

Penny discusses why kids don’t read and what we can do about it. Oodles of practical strategies and advice are poured into this book. As Penny describes, “Book Love is a call to arms for putting every single kid, no exceptions allowed, on a personal reading journey.”
teanreadersMeet Emma Freke. She’s a super intelligent, super tall, red-headed teenager who has awkward down to a science. If you say her name slowly, it sounds like ... am a freak.

In this well-written story by Elizabeth Atkinson, we follow Emma as she goes on a journey of self-discovery and we watch her learn to embrace her uniqueness, with a little humor sprinkled in. Any teen will relate.
ihuntkillersThis creepy thriller by Barry Lyga pulls you in from page one. Reluctant readers, beware! You’ve met your match with I Hunt Killers! Jazz (Jasper) Dent has a monster for a father. Literally. Jazz’s father, Billy Dent is a notorious serial murderer and when bodies start to pile up in Jazz’s hometown, Jazz must prove that he isn’t in the family business. Did I mention that the most reluctant reader won’t be able to put this down? The sequel is just as good.

WARNING: may contain some suggestive language and scenes not appropriate for some students.
codenameverityThe themes of friendship and courage are featured in this historical novel by Elizabeth Wein that takes place in 1943 during the height of World War II.

I adored Code Name Verity, with its complex plot and its strong central characters who both happen to be women. Julie and Maddie, spy and pilot, take you on a whirl-wind adventure of espionage in Nazi-controlled France. So good!