I encounter students on a weekly basis who say "I hate reading" or "I just can't focus on a book" ...times are changing - a great deal - and it's a fact that teenagers are becoming more digitally literate, but unfortunately more BOOK illiterate. I find this to be a necessary part of our digital evolution, however I also see it as a tragic part of a lost era where kids today are finding it hard to focus on a book, or anything else, for a longer period of time.
I still remember the books that I read as a nerdy teenager, the books that became a part of my daily life, the books that still linger with me because I was sucked into them and could never leave them, books that haunted me, books that taught me a valuable lesson or two, books that made me realize that there was a different, mesmerizing, world outside of my own room, books that I need to recommend to anyone reading this. Peek of the week 18 takes a look at GREAT books:
Lord of the flies by William Golding
The Body by Stephen King
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Wave by Todd Strasser
A current favorite for the teenagers who actually ARE reading is this one. I haven't read it myself yet(but I've seen the movie and it's great!)
What's your favorite teenage/young adult book?