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by Deej Sharp

Recommended Reading List – High School

You might notice that my summer reading lists are thin on the classics side, and favor more contemporary books. Here is my reasoning: Summer reading lists should help cultivate a love of reading – we want students to look forward to cracking open a good book. There will be plenty of opportunities to read and analyze classics when school is in. Let’s use the summer to pour over some the contemporary classics that have been written in the last century.

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The Family Get Right — Update

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Photo Source: jokeroo.com

So, ugh…the Family Get Right isn’t all that I had hoped it would be. There. I said it out loud.

We haven’t walked. Or hiked. And I’m still not working out. You know what? Change is hard! Don’t be judgmental (say I to my internal voice)!

But, all is not lost.

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Recommended Summer Reading List – Grades 6-8

by Deej Sharp 

Next week, I’ll have my high school list. Which I am insanely excited about.

  1. The Giver by Louis Lowry – Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
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Photo source: childrensbookalmanac.com

  1. The Diary of Anne Franke – Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
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  1. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinielli - Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run–and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.
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Photo source: scholastic.com

  1. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz – Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.

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    Photo source: scholastic.com

  2. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Thomas A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny’s 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble,  they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma’s church is blown up.
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Photo source: npr.org

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Help Me Help You: Five Things You Can Do To Support Teachers and Your Child’s Learning
By Deej Sharp

  • Donate school supplies as much as possible. This recent post (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/carla-friesen/bc-classrooms-photos-teachers-strike_b_5490243.html) on the Huffington Post British Columbia, accurately sums up the effort teachers put into their classroom every summer. So whenever you can drop off a box of pencils, Kleenex, hand sanitizer – whatever is on sale at Target! – to your child’s classroom (even at the High School level) it is greatly appreciated! You will get the Gold Star in the Awesome Parent category if you do!

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Dear Lovely Readers,

Please note that this is the last day of The Sharp Point’s Q&A. Look for more installments of this summer series each Thursday. Thank you for reading!

~Ro

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The Sharp Point Q&A

by Deej Sharp

Parent Question

My 8th grader loves to read, but struggles when it comes to reading comprehension. How can I help?

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