Photo: Cover of On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
03/04/2020
"I really felt the emotions of the character as she struggled to deal with poverty, drugs, racism, and family issues. I also enjoy the theme of staying true to yourself that it promotes.” Charles Rayburn, librarian, East Ridge High
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Photo: Cover of Far From The Tree by Robin Benway
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
02/27/2020
“Students are moved by this heartbreaking yet uplifting story about family, love, loss, and hope.” Jeanne Mochel, a Librarian at Soddy Daisy High School
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Photo: Cover of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
02/26/2020
“This book grabs your attention from word one. Every page takes you deeper into a story that seems unbelievable, is suspenseful, and keeps you thinking until the last page.” Courtney Brown, Red Bank High School
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
11/18/2019
“This is a really motivational book about African Americans overcoming oppression and is a great learning tool for both history and literature! This read is sure to transport you!” Alex Gifford, 11th grader at Hixson High School
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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evermore by Alyson Noel
10/30/2019
“Alyson Noel is a fantastic author who knows how to write a very intriguing story. Wanting to put the pieces of the puzzle together is what kept me reading.”
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One of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
10/02/2019
“Students find this story addictive since it is a murder mystery that weaves together high school drama, secrets, lies, and suspicion.” Jeanne Mochel, Librarian, Soddy Daisy High School
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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons - Recommended for High School
05/20/2019
“Ellen Foster demonstrates that you are never alone and things can always be worse. She found hope through her painting and the homemade dinners at her church. She endured abuse from her parents, but she persevered despite hopelessness and character flaws that only made her human—after all she had to raise herself. Ellen Foster will put you in her shoes and allow you to walk through her story.” - Iciss Wilkerson, a student at Hixson High School.
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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer - Recommended for High Schoolers
05/13/2019
“More Than We Can Tell is an emotional page-turner that focuses on family, friendships, and overcoming traumatic situations. Students love the realistic way the author brings the story to life, and they deeply connect with the characters to empathize with their struggles.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School.
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Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
04/23/2019
“The students like this book because it is realistic fiction, the writer uses very vivid details and descriptions; it involves romance and has an unexpected ending. They also like to compare the book to the movie.” Ann Rox, librarian at Brown Middle School.
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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
04/08/2019
“The students love this clever and funny novel that celebrates being comfortable in your own skin. The book shows the importance of finding yourself, learning what makes you happy, and having supportive friends around you.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School
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Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross by Marie Lu
03/04/2019
“The students love to read this book because the story is colorful and high-tech, yet it’s also completely plausible and realistic. They love the blend of heart-stopping action and the way the author uses what-if factors about technology and the future to portray human nature and moral dilemmas.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School
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Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith
Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith - Recommended for High Schoolers
02/11/2019
“This is an exciting book for young male readers. The protagonist is ‘misplaced’ and has to face many conflicts in a dangerous situation. The plot twists and horror situations appeal to those reluctant readers. It's also a series, so they keep coming back for more!” Jana Clemmons, librarian at Loftis Middle School
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Recommended for High School
01/21/2019
"The students love to read this book because it deals with today's issues in an easily understood format. They also like to compare the book to the movie - the book always wins!” - Courtney Brown, librarian at Red Bank High School
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Splintered by A.G. Howard
Splintered Series by A.G. Howard
01/07/2019
“Splintered takes you on a journey like never before, intertwining the real and the unreal in such a way that you feel like you are in the story.” Mari Salter, librarian at Lookout Valley Middle High
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