Classroom Novels

I recently submitted a Donors Choose project for a class set of the novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. To be honest I hadn’t read it, but the reviews were outstanding and I needed a new novel to begin in January. Luckily my project was funded within 24 hours, thanks to the Kia and Disney match promotional codes. Now I await the arrival.

I went ahead and read the story this weekend, as I was curious, obviously. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. I mean, it has a great message and is totally relevant to my students’ lives, but I wasn’t left feeling “wowed” like I had after reading some of my faves as a kid.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Giver, and Island of the Blue Dolphins will always be my favorites. Wonder doesn’t even begin to compare. There’s no real climax and everything feels kind of too perfect at the end. Needless to say, I was disappointed. I know my students will love it and I’ll use it for a few years, but I just don’t see it becoming a classic like the others.

So what are your all-time favorite young adult novels? Am I totally wrong about Wonder? Is there something more contemporary that I should be reading in order to share with my students? Enlighten me!

In the meantime, here’s how I’ve been keeping up with the winter weather and bipolar temps in Indiana.

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A great thrifted find on Instagram from @nyc_closetz

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A classic look, thanks to J. Crew Factory

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The amazing herringbone vest I mentioned in the previous post.

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Another thrifted Instagram find from the retail J. Crew. It’s actually 100% cashmere and oh-so-soft.

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3 thoughts on “Classroom Novels

  1. Island of the Blue Dolphins! OMGee you just took me back! Pretty sure I still have my copy of that awesome book!

    YA novels for me include – Divergent series, Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, The Arcana Chronicles, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Soul Screamers (weird and a bit drawn out, but good), Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles… I could go on. If you like weird/creepy/suspenseful, The Southern Reach trilogy is bizarre in a satisfying way (but don’t read it at night or you won’t sleep until it’s done).

    • Hi Cassee, it’s when you shop someone’s closet via Instagram. Search for #shopmycloset and you’ll be shocked at how much comes up! People are always selling gently used or even new clothes on IG!

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