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Ms. Rice's current reading list:
Anne of Green Gables
The story of an orphan girl who finds a family on Prince Edward Island, this character quickly became a kindred spirit of mine. Anne is far from perfect, and it’s that imperfection that makes her so relatable! I love the entire series.
The Westing Game
This mystery is a favorite of mine to introduce to new readers. It’s a treat and a clever whodunit to solve right along with the characters!
The Blue Castle
A quick novel about an “old maid” of 29 who runs away from her stuffy family. Along the way, she discovers what living really means. This is my favorite book, and I re-read it regularly.
This series takes Greek mythology and puts it into modern times. Discover all the secrets of Olympus with Percy. If you are a fan of mythology, this is one not to miss!!
Mrs. Constantino's current reading list:
One of the first stories I ever fell in love with was The Giver series. Each of the four books follows a different character, but they all come from the same futuristic, dystopian world. When it all comes together in Son, it shows just what an amazing writer Lois Lowry is. It's one of the few series that I've read again and again, and I can't recommend it enough.
Holes is a fantastic story. I love that the book is filled with all these kids who were labeled as "bad," but when you really get to know them, they are just regular kids. I think it teaches a good lesson about not judging people based on the circumstances of their lives and how they may have had to adapt and survive.
My Sister's Keeper
I thoroughly enjoyed My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It brings up some excellent moral ambiguities that can lead to some interesting debates, and the ending has such a good twist. I never saw it coming! (And if you like this author, I also recommend House Rules.)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This is an amazing story that helps you see the world from a unique point of view. I think that, to truly grow as people, we need to see the world from others' perspectives, and what better way to do that than to step into a book where the narrator is someone very different from ourselves? The narrator of this story happens to be an autistic boy who tries to keep his world in a logical, predictable order. But, things happen that disrupt his life and push him further outside his comfort zone that he's ever been.
Ms. Davis' current reading list:
Howl's Moving Castle
A whimsical adventure about a young lady named Sophie who is put under a spell that turns her into an old woman and subsequently falls in love with a wizard named Howl. Disclaimer: I did watch the Studio Ghibli movie first, but (as usual) the book gave me a deeper appreciation the characters and the world in which they live.
In Once Upon a Time fashion, this is a creative take on the backstory of Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts. Meyer has a way of making you see familiar characters in a whole new light, and cruel villains are no exception.
A coming-of-age story about a girl named Sydney who is grappling with the messiness of family dynamics. I've read most of Sarah Dessen's books and they're perfect for when you're craving a fluffy read about young love, but this ranks near the top for me due to its emphasis on friend/family relationships as well as its handling of more serious elements.
We Were Liars
A mystery about what happened between four teenagers one fateful summer. Let's just say the twist left me in tears.
Mrs. Paisley's current reading list:
A Wrinkle in Time
I never liked science fiction, so I protested when I had to read this in 5th grade, but it turned out to be my favorite young adult book ever! It perfectly blends science and fantasy, has beautifully written characters, and has life lessons that can make you cry. I still re-read it regularly.
The Westing Game
The perfect Whodunit mystery, The Westing Game was such an exciting read. The basic premise is that 16 heirs of a massive fortune coincidentally (or not) end up living or working in the same apartment complex. They are broken into teams and given clues to solve the mystery of who killed Samuel Westing, but nothing is as it seems. Even better, you as the reader have all the clues, so you can figure it out as you go!
This beautiful story is about the unlikely friendship of an American girl and a Hungarian refugee one summer at Rockaway beach during World War 2. The journey they took together has stayed with me for years.
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