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Excited to start a new nonfiction that the wonderful @Addison_Reads gifted me with tonight! Thank you again Cassie - my hippo 🦛 bookmark will surely enjoy lumbering through the pages with his chunky self 😄

tracey38 Wow, sounds like a good read. 3w
Addison_Reads I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ☺ 3w
ScientistSam I 💞 Atul Gawande 1w
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What the hell?
Has anyone ever had this happen to them at their local library?
Experiencing some serious bookish disappointment this morning! ☹️☹️☹️

MelissaSue81 Maybe you just need to renew your card? 4w
Chelseabillups30 @MelissaSue81, I just googled that message on my local library site, guess I am spending some time in the library today! (edited) 4w
CouronneDhiver My card gets shut down every year on my birthday. So not cool 4w
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Chelseabillups30 @CouronneDhiver, that‘s such a sad birthday present! I‘m sorry they do that to you!! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 4w
BBooks I have to renew my library card every 2 years with proof of residency 4w
rretzler I haven‘t had my card expire but I have had the license for the book that I was on hold for expire and the library decided not to renew. Once I was around 10th in line, so it was a fairly popular book and the library didn‘t renew the license so at least 10 people were extremely disappointed 😔 4w
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If you are interested in education, health care, and leave and the problems with those in the U.S., this is a good one from the Nordic perspective. Partanen emigrated from Finland around the time that country was declared the best in the world. She compares Nordic education and health care systems, along with maternity leave, and more with America‘s current system. I loved the analysis and the perspective she offers in this.

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An fascinating look at Bellevue hospital, the stories are bound to pull your heartstrings.

Freespirit This does sound good @Crazeedi . It's something we struggle with here in Australia...end of life decisions! 1mo
Crazeedi @Freespirit dignity is everything. This was important to read, I don't necessarily agree with everything he writes but still worthwhile 1mo
Freespirit I will definitely get hold of it! Thank you 1mo
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Mitch I‘ve just watched the TV mini series that was inspired by these stories and it was good - I shed a tear in many an episode! 1mo
Crazeedi @Mitch I didnt know there was a series! I really dont watch much TV but now I'm going to have to look for it. What is it on? 1mo
Mitch @Crazeedi I watched it on Amazon Prime. It‘s called New Amsterdam and is based on your book. I enjoyed it! 1mo
Crazeedi @Mitch I just saw this and I do have Amazon prime so I'm going to look for it! Thank you!! 1mo
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Bette ❤️👍 1mo
Suet624 That‘s me!!! Exactly my feeling. 1mo
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A former Chief Medical Officer of Bellevue gives a small glimpse into the world of this flagship public hospital through the stories of 12 patients who passed through its doors. These are fascinating and absorbing individual stories, and the insight I to the hospital is also very interesting.

New Amsterdam (the TV show) is very very very loosely based on this book.

My primary criticism is that it can be hard to follow the sequencing👇

ScientistSam When he goes into flashback mode. This might be an issue with the ebook if the physical book offsets the flashbacks from the current narrative. 2mo
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So I got a call Wednesday morning that due to budget cuts our county can not keep the Elementary Gifted Students program in its current form. I am being moved into an open middle school English position in less than a month, for which I have no training and no experience and I am freaking out.

Friends and #TeachersOfLitsy please let me know some quality reads for 8th graders.

Share in the comments or tag me and #8thGradeReads in your posts.

Samplergal I can be of little help with recs but once a list is going, I‘d be happy to donate some copies for you. 2mo
Libby1 I like the Chains/Forge/Ashes series. I didn‘t read them with that age in mind but think they would work. Good luck! 💕 2mo
SenatorMothma I read this one in 8th grade and it is a fave. Not sure how well it's aged though. 2mo
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ElishaLovesBooks I‘ve taught middle school for years (inclusion sped teacher) and would be happy to help you in any way I can. Some beginning suggestions: Maus, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men (7th and 8th), any Kwame Alexander books, The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (can be controversial). I‘m sure I have tons more ideas- these are just off the top of my head. 2mo
ElishaLovesBooks Hey, Kiddo is a great graphic novel. Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman are dystopian/future and really great. The House of the Scorpion is sci-fi. Someday We Will Fly-WWII historical fiction. Flygirls- also historical fiction I think. So much great YA literature right now! I hope this helps! (edited) 2mo
ElishaLovesBooks Oh, and I agree with @Libby1- Chains series is great but really I think anything by Laurie Halse Anderson is phenomenal but she does deal with very serious and emotional topics. 2mo
llwheeler No suggestions from me, just want to say I'm sorry to hear that. Both for the stress and change for you, and that a gifted program is being cut. I was in a gifted program in elementary and I think they're valuable. 2mo
julesG I'm from Germany, hence I'm not sure what exactly 8th grade English level in the US means. Kids here read the following this year, in grade 7 (which is 12/13 year Olds) 2mo
saresmoore Holy crap. That‘s such a whirlwind of a life change and I am so sorry you have to deal with that! 2mo
Billypar Good luck with such an abrupt transition! The tagged book was my favorite from that time (7th or 8th grade). On the plus side, there should be a lot of existing teaching materials for it, but I like the examples you mentioned (unfortunately not a part of my 1990s education). 2mo
Billypar Graphic novels would be great....are Persepolis or Maus age appropriate? (I'm not a teacher, FYI). I had Maus assigned in a college contemporary lit class, but I feel like there could be 8th grade-adapted lessons. 2mo
Jas16 I am so sorry that you being thrust into such a major change. This must be so stressful. 2mo
SW-T Good luck! 2mo
madamereadsalot1 My son's favorites in junior high were Freak the Mighty, Milkweed, and The Watson's go to Birmingham. 2mo
batsy That must be stressful! All the best with the change 🍀 2mo
EyesOnly34 The outsiders 2mo
Alyson_reads Instead of books I'll give you authors: Kwayme Alexander, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, Dan Gemeinhart, Angie Thomas, Laurie Halse Anderson, Alam Gratz... Also. Look up Project Lit - their book list is amazing. 2mo
Alyson_reads Alan* Gratz 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere Eeek, what a change! I'm from the UK, but kids in Y8 typically read Dracula, Frankenstein, Holes, The Jungle Book, Maus, A Christmas Carol (we're mad for Dickens!), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas... 2mo
mabell I‘m sorry - what a change and so little notice. 😕 But I‘m sure your sense of humor will help get you through! 🤪 Best of luck in the transition! 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Samplergal @llwheeler @saresmoore @Jas16 @SW-T @batsy @mabell Thanks very much for the well wishes. Right now I am 25% You can do this! and 75% gut-churning anxiety but that balance is slowly shifting. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Libby1 @Tamra @Alyson_reads @julesG @madamereadsalot1 @EyesOnly34 Thanks so much for the recs! Planning a classroom library is my way to destress right now. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @xicanti Any good coming-of-age manga recs? Or really anything that might suit an early teen? @rretzler Any suggestions of 8th grade appropriate books your boys love/loved? 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @SenatorMothma Good call! I read that one around that age too. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @ElishaLovesBooks Thanks so much for the recs! I pretty much read no YA so this is a totally new area for me. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Billypar @Lucy_Anywhere Thank you for the input! I only have a vague idea of what‘s appropriate for that age. My brother and I have been debating Maus (he thinks it‘s more for older teens). 2mo
xicanti I didn‘t comment before because I mostly read adult stuff when I WAS 14 and I don‘t know if I‘ve got a good grasp on what the Youth Of Today like, but now I‘ve realized SILVER SPOON is probably a good fit! It‘s about a city kid who enters an agricultural high school in northern Japan and experiences culture shock as he learns where food actually comes from. He‘s a bit older than your students, but I think they‘ll still connect with him. 2mo
xicanti Most of my other manga faves skew maybe too young (like YOTSUBA&!, an all-ages story about a 5-year-old who has everyday adventures) or feature older kids dealing with darker topics (A SILENT VOICE, about bullying and suicide; ORANGE, about depression and suicide; SKIP BEAT!, which is cute but also often dark). For western comics, I think Faith Erin Hicks‘s THE NAMELESS CITY could fit, and SQUIRREL GIRL‘s great (but set at university). 2mo
Alyson_reads I teach 7th ELA and have a classroom library of over 2,500 books. It's my favorite thing ever. 2mo
rretzler I can and would love to give you a list of books that my boys have loved - problem is they are both gifted and thus I have no idea what is actually age appropriate for an 8th grader 🤣 (plus the younger is mildly dyslexic and hates to read!). If you would email me: robin@retzlerfamily.com, I would be happy to give you an idea of what books they have loved. I‘m sorry to hear of your change - both for you and the gifted kids who will not be served☹️ 2mo
rretzler Just to get started - Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi are favorite graphic novelists. Kabuishi has the Amulet series which might be a little young, but Keegan loved it. Jeff Smith‘s Bone series is good. Noelle Stevenson‘s Nimona. Gene Leun Yang is another age appropriate graphic novelist. I think Maus would be fine for the advanced 8th grader but you may want to read it through first. Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns (edited) 2mo
rretzler There are tons of classic and recent middle-grade books that have been turned into graphic novels. Jeanne duPrau‘s Ember series, Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children series - both of which are good as books as well. Plenty of others. On the non graphic side, Keegan has read and enjoyed John Green; Beckham loved Rick Riordan. 2mo
rretzler Lots of good dystopian series - Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, Uglies, The Giver (probably on the young side), Ender‘s Game (more SciFi but one of my favorites), Life As We Knew It, The Testing. A couple that we haven‘t read that we‘ve heard good things about - Legend, The Selection, Matched. 2mo
rretzler Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One and Armada - these are probably more high school-ish, but gamers would appreciate them. Code Name Verity series has a female protagonist but is very good. To me, it seems difficult to find good books in that age group with a male protagonist. More female protagonists - When by Victoria Laurie, The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner. 2mo
rretzler I‘ve read The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet and really liked it - it might be a little young, maybe not but she has another called Cloud and Wallfish which is Berlin Wall related. I bought it for Keegan but neither of us has read it yet. Authors we‘ve read and liked that I‘ve not yet mentioned - Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Stephen Chbosky. Perks of Being a Wallflower is a wonderful YA book, but may not be welcome in all classrooms 2mo
Centique My daughter is year 10 but some favourites from 2 years ago include Uglies, It Ain‘t So Awful Falafel, I Am Malala, To All The Boy‘s I‘ve Loved Before, Fangirl, books by Rebecca Stead, Pam Munoz Ryan. Hope that helps! There are some good diverse lists on Common Sense Media and amightygirl.com too 2mo
rretzler I saw several mention The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - it‘s very good - IMO it may be a little young but again, what do I know - my boys read it in elementary school. I don‘t think I saw anyone mention The Book Thief and Markus Zusak has another book out now as well but I don‘t think it was as well received. One of Beckham‘s friends enjoyed Rainbow Rowell‘s books. Once by Morris Gleitzman caught my eye recently 2mo
rretzler @Centique We loved books by Rebecca Stead - When You Reach Me is one of my favorites. (I read it with both boys and once on my own!) 2mo
Aswenson I know my school‘s 8th grade English teacher can‘t keep any Kasie West books on her shelves. Variant is another favorite title, and A Child Called It. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @xicanti Yeah, that‘s my big issue too. I was reading adult novels at that age! Thanks for the ideas. Silver Spoon is the kind of thing I‘m looking for and Faith Erin Hicks seems to have a lot of great stuff I can add to my ever growing list. Squirrel Girl would be great! Went and bought the first Ms. Marvel trade for my classroom today too! 1mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Alyson_reads I‘ve only worked with grades 3-5 students for years so I am freaking out! Hearing from 6-8 teachers that love it makes me feel so much better. 1mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Centique @Aswenson Thanks so much for the recs and I‘ll check out that site. (edited) 1mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @rretzler Thank you for all of the great ideas. I‘m compiling a massive list of suggestion and I‘m planning to chip away at them and build my library as I get to know the kids and what they‘re into. This really gives me an idea of where to start! 1mo
rretzler Glad to help. I do have some other ideas - I compiled a list for Keegan this summer of about 30 books with mostly male protagonists, so if you‘re interested just email me. My 8th grade English teacher was one of my favorites (she was a friend of the family) but we read great books - Macbeth, the play Twelve Angry Men and lots of others. Like you, i had switched to adult books by that time, actually I switched in 4th grade. Good luck and what fun! 1mo
rretzler I forgot that my older son wanted me to mention Counting by 7s - it was a whole school read when he was in 7th grade and he loved it, and both wanted me to mention The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), but I think it might be too young. 1mo
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Wishing everyone in America well today, and hoping we all remember the important parts of our past and present, even when they‘re ugly ♥️🇺🇸

swishandflick ❤️❤️❤️ (we need to do another NYC Meetup soon!) 2mo
kspenmoll Happy 4th to you!!! 2mo
rachelsbrittain ❤❤❤ 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great stack. Happy holiday to you!! 2mo
mrozzz That would be great!! 💜💜💜 @swishandflick 2mo
mrozzz @kspenmoll and to you!! 😄♥️ 2mo
mrozzz @rachelsbrittain 💗💗💗 2mo
mrozzz @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you!! Happy 4th!! 😄💜 2mo
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I read this super fast! I had a hard time putting it down! Even though this is labeled as a book about medicine, it is also a memoir of Dr. Rachel Pearson‘s journey to and time in medical school. She went to medical school in Galveston, Texas, and she presents the city as a microcosm of the medical field in the United States. She shares anecdotes of how her patients (most poor and uninsured) can‘t get the care they need under the current system.⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! Sounds right up my alley! 2mo
tjwill #NforNonfiction I know this was insanely fast, so I won‘t send it yet since I know you didn‘t get the one I sent last week yet, Barbara! @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for sharing this one, Danielle! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you liked it too! 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage You can send whenever it's convenient for you. It's all good. 😎 2mo
tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage I put it in the mail today. ETA Saturday. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill I‘l watch for it! Thanks. 1mo
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This was in my mailbox today, and I‘m loving it so far. #nfornonfiction

BarbaraTheBibliophage Way to jump right on the next book, @tjwill ! 👊🏻 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree with @BarbaraTheBibliophage there! It‘s definitely a different and more personal feeling read. 2mo
tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s excellent so far! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, the personal feel is making it a good transition from The World Without Us, which is necessarily more detached. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea I can't believe we're already at our half way point. Damn, time goes by fast ... 2mo
daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage agreed! We seem to pick great combinations of books, the time just flies (unlike some other book clubs I‘m in, unfortunately) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea I‘ll agree with that too. This group always picks great books that I didn‘t know I needed to read... if you know what I mean. Great books, that usually either weren‘t on my radar, or were so far down my TBR list who knows if I‘d ever actually get to them. But they are always good, and last years group I‘ve recommended a few times and been reminded of a few times too as other things have come up...so they‘ve stuck with me. 2mo
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