October 11th, 2006

I was assigned homework by a 12 year old

I'm absolutely hopeless with this whole book reading thing. But, at least I'm doing better than the other teachers here, most of whom can't even remember the last book that they read.

I'm sitting at lunch last week and this 1st year comes up to me, hands me a piece of poster board with a title on it and says "Annie sensei favorite book. Please write. I come back October 12."

Evidently, here in Japan, Autumn is the best time to read books, because the nights are long. Morning reading time has been extended from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. And I have a book report due tomorrow and I have no idea what book to recommend to junior high school students. Compounded by the fact that I have no idea which of my favorite books are available here.

And then after I find a book I need to decide whether to write my book recommendation in English or Japanese.

What book would you recommend to junior high school students? and why?