Since becoming a Teacher Librarian, I think my favorite part is giving book reviews. I didn’t realize that for years all of my reading was actually research for a future job I didn’t know I was going to get. I have always had a love for young adult fiction, and now I get to put that to good use everyday. Plus I think I am getting a reputation for giving good book recommendations, because I get kids standing in line to get help picking a good book! I call that a success.
Now, the biggest problem with this is that my library doesn’t get new books very often. So many books that are coming out that would be beneficial to my students, aren’t available to them on my shelves. Books like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, or even Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
This predicament is making me think outside the box, and recommend books that I DO have. Don’t worry, we have the essentials, like John Green, and Harry Potter. But the books that are really going to make a difference are definitely on my wish list, because I want to add them to my shelves as soon as I can. (if anyone has any ideas on how I can do that, please share!)
What I want to do today, is start a review series on books that I actually have on my shelves, in hopes that some of my students may actually start reading this blog to help them choose a book.
I’m calling it No New Titles, so you should read this!
And I am going to start with one of the most popular books of my students right now, easily on the top ten most checked out. The book I want to review for this purpose is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
I wont be going too in depth about this one, because I really don’t want to give anything away, but I think a teaser review would be good for everyone to get interested in this book.
Hannah Baker kills herself. She is gone, but she left something behind. Well, 14 somethings, in a box. Hannah has left 14 tapes telling the story of her life, and she wants the 13 people who are the reason she decided to do what she did to know it. They all play their part, and we get to relive that story. Why did Hannah kill herself? Who is on the tapes? Who is going to get them next, and who got them first. What did these 13 people do or not do to take Hannah Baker for granted?
This book will change the way you see the world, your interactions with your peers, and how your actions or non actions can make a person feel. Bullies have more power than they realize. And Hannah is going to show them exactly what they have done.
You can check out the recordings of Hannah’s tapes here! (this is a huge spoiler, so click on it at your own risk)
If you want to search for this book in our library its under FIC Ash.
Check it out 😉
If you are feeling generous and wish to donate books to my school’s library please contact me. 🙂