17 Replies Latest reply: Aug 6, 2012 10:08 AM by mariank RSS

What book would you recommend to your high school students for summer reading?

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Rather students read using a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or the printer page, what book would you recommend for summer reading to keep your students' minds stimulated.  Sure, let's include that it might encourage creativity and innovation, allow for higher-order thinking. and most of all encourage students to keep reading.



I'll start this list with one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult, and suggest her book, House Rules.  The focus of this book is on what it means to be different in our society, It gives insight into Asperger's and others who are on the Autism Spectrum.


Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He is hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob  has an obsessive focus on one subject - in his case, forensic analysis. He is always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do - and he is usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.



Your turn, what book would you recommend to your students for summer reading?

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