claydust (claydust) wrote in bookshelves,

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?
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I'm a teacher and I fight to hold onto my reading time, it keeps me sane.

I read on the train to work and home (10 mins each way) and for a short while before bed, if I'm not too tired. It takes me a long time to read books which is quite alien to me. Occasion ally work overwhelms me and i resort to my mp3 and recordings of classic books I know well like Around the World in 80 Days and The Canterville Ghost.

We are being OFSTEDed shortly and I'll probably loose my reading time then, way too much stress there.
What age are Junior High School students?
I ride my bike to work.
And in my free time I study Japanese in the hopes of passing the proficiency test that I foolishly signed up for.

Junior h.s. students are 12-14... i think.
It's true, when I taught I would get next to no reading done until the holidays and then binge :) And boy did I binge :)

As for book recommendations - Lemony Snickett, Darren Shan, Harry Potter...hmm not very good at this age range :) batswing is probably your best girlie to ask.

I'd never heard of Darren Shan in the States, but he's hugely popular here. And I love Lemony Snickett, but unfortunately I haven't seen a Japanese translation.

I think my best bet is to just hit the school library and choose a book from there.
My 12 year old loves pretty much anything by Jacqueline Wilson.
I'm so out of touch with popular young adult books. I've never even heard of Jacqueline Wilson.
god, there was this book i read in middle school, and for the life of me i can't remember the name of it... it was about a boy in an appalachian town, and he had these two dogs named big dan and little ann, and it made me cry... oh! it was called where the red fern grows. i'm sorry that i don't remember more about it than the effect it had on me. but it was really gripping.

flowers for algernon also made me cry in middle school, sixth grade, i think. and i think i was in seventh grade the first time i read to kill a mockingbird, which remains one of my all-time favorites.

and, sadly, the baby-sitters club series. i started reading them when i was in third grade (i was precocious, don'tcha know?), but i thin i continued to read them well into middle school. hell, i might have even kept reading them into high school. kind of like i read hp fanfic now. that kind of "ooh, candy plots!" compulsion.

good luck, annie sensei!
i think i started reading the baby sitters club books at the same time as you.

i didn't read To Kill a Mockingbird until University.

i remember reading Where the Red Fern grows. All I remember is that it was really sad. I think there's a movie.

I'm leaning towards Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just because I can't think of anything else that I know is translated into Japanese. (and I'm hungover and tired, but that's a whole other story)