I've spent the past couple of weeks immersed in various books with the "YA" label as I search for the perfect ones for a middle school literature circle I'll be teaching. I have tremendously appreciated various suggestions from readers. Please keep them coming.
So far I've read and reviewed:
Stargirl (review here)
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break (review here)
And read (or re-read) but not yet reviewed:
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
And I'm currently re-reading Where the Red Fern Grows. I've already determined that we'll read this one. I'd love to do The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but I am concerned about reading too many sad books. I'm not sure what the balance should be between intensely sad books like these two and more uplifting books. The first two books fall into the "uplifting" category, but they aren't great choices for this class for various reasons.
And so my quest continues. Ideas?