Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Posted on 04/29/2020
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"Flowers for Algernon is a compelling story that grips readers' hearts."

Melanie Collins, librarian, Center for Creative Arts

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts. Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?

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"A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching."--The New York Times

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023