John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is one of those rare books that can make you laugh while it’s breaking your heart into teeny, tiny pieces. If you’re a fan of realistic fiction featuring loveable characters trying to live a normal lives in the face of abuse, disability, and death, then you need to check out these books.
Before I Die by Jenny Downham (2007)
Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints
of “normal” life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.
Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, are all painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out. (Source: Chapters.ca)
Deadline by Chris Crutcher (2007)
How can a pint-sized eighteen-year-old make his mark on the world from Nowheresville, Idaho-especially when he only has one year left to do it? When Ben Wolf learns his senior year of high school will be his last year, period, he is determined to go out in a blaze of glory.
That means not letting anyone know about his diagnosis. It means trying out for the football team. It means giving his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine. It means going for the amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki.
But living with a secret isn’t easy . . . What will Ben do when he realizes he isn’t the only person who’s keeping one? (Source: Chapters.ca)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2009)
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. (Source: Chapters.ca)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. (Source: Chapters.ca)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2012)
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid-but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. (Source: Chapters.ca)
In the 30-second trailer for The Fault in Our Stars Hazel and Augustus are hanging out on the swings, looking happy and in love, while quotes from the from the book appear onscreen. The only hint that Hazel has cancer is the use of the heart monitor line throughout the trailer. Do you think this is a good representation of the book? If you haven’t read it, does it make you want to?
The second CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award kicks off this week! If you are a CCRSB student in grades 7-12, you are invited to read from this year’s list of 10 amazing nominated books and vote for your favourite to be the winner of the CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award. Last year, The Hunger Games won with almost 600 votes.
The 2013 Top 10 books have been carefully selected by CCRSB Library Services staff. They represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction published between January, 2011 and January, 2012. They are (in alphabetical order):
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Blood Red Road by Moira Young
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
Participating is easy! Just follow these three steps:
1) Read at least one of the Top 10 titles between February 4 and May 3. All 10 nominees are available from your school library. If you’ve already read one of the nominated titles, read another! You never know – you may find your new favourite book.
2) During the reading period, discuss the books with other CCRSB students on the pages linked at the top of this website. Please remember these rules when submitting comments:
- Don’t include any identifying information (last name, school, location, etc.).
- Be respectful of other students’ comments.
- Use school appropriate language.
3) Vote for your favourite book online or in your school library between April 22 and May 3. The book with the most votes will be announced as the winner on Tuesday, May 14.
Head to your school library, grab a Top 10 book, and let’s start reading!
Welcome back, everyone! There are only two weeks left to nominate your favourite book, so make sure you submit a ballot by the end of the day Friday, January 13.
- Constant suspense!
- Full of action!
Only four books received more than one nomination, and they are all tied for second place with two nominations each. There appear to be some shared reading interests among students at both NRHS and South Colchester Academy, as two of the following books were also nominated by students at SCA. Second place includes the following books:
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Belly has spent every summer at the beach hoping Conrad and Jeremiah would notice her. During her sixteenth year, things finally change – but not like Belly had hoped.
Reason for nomination:
It’s Great! Romance, sad and funny.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles starts boarding school in Arizona, where he becomes friends with a group brilliant and prank-loving misfits. When tragedy strikes, Miles seeks answers about life and death.
Reason for nomination:
It’s just awesome!
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Reason for nomination:
Intricate storyline, spectacular imagery.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Any thoughts on the nominated book at NRHS?