Hot Books

Now that the school year is back in full-swing, it’s time for a new edition of “Hot Books in My Middle School Classroom”!  It’s always interesting to start with a new class, because their tastes can be so different than those of my last class.  

These are the books that are making their way from student to student in my room so far this year:

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer- Always a popular choice, the waiting list for this one is huge in my classroom library!

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer- Last year, I could not get my kids to read this. It just didn’t appeal to them for some reason. This year, it is the complete opposite! I have boys and girls reading the book and loaning copies to each other. Could it be related to the movie coming out next month? Who knows, but I’ll take it!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney- While it isn’t a traditional book, I teach Language Arts, so anything that get my students reading and writing is a winner in my eyes! I have quite a few orders for this in our latest Scholastic book clubs order and the word of mouth has been great.

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein- It’s funny, but poetry has never been particularly popular in my room. But this year, I have a few boys who LOVE to read Shel Silverstein. Falling Up is a big favorite this year and I have a small handful of students who read this a few times a week during independent reading. It’s an interesting phenomenon!

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen- A popular book with my students who love survival stories. This one is slowly gaining ground in my afternoon class.

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  1. I can’t resist chiming in with a follow-up suggestion for the kids who are loving Touching Spirit Bear… If you haven’t already read it, Watt Key’s Alabama Moon is a terrific survival story — one that my Spirit Bear fans have been loving! Also try Footprints in Time by Petru Popescu – one that my son read through the Harper FirstLook program and liked a lot, too.

  2. [...] about, stop by  the Reading Zone. In a post earlier this week, Sarah told us about five Hot Books in her classroom. These are middle-grade readers her students are reading and recommending to each [...]

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