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Literature Circle: Share a book, a snack and thoughts

Choose a book, meet weekly with classmates, share thoughts. It's Literature Circle day in English I class with teacher Jennifer Sander. Below are the novels students could possibly read.

Novel Choices


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite pieces of Classical Literature.   The reader will be introduced immediately to a young boy named Pip.  His parents have both died, and he is left in the care of his cruel sister and loving, but cowardly husband.  Pip dreams of a better life, a way out.  One day Pip receives good news that potentially could help him fulfill his dream.   In this novel, the reader will follow Pip through many adventures, mostly unfortunate, as we watch Pip try to attain his “Great Expectations.”   This book is full of adventure and suspense! Pay close attention because there are many characters.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the 1940s, as America is suffering through the turmoil of World War II.  It is about a young boy named Henry who is Chinese-American, but lives in a highly-populated Japanese community.  The story begins shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Henry has to deal with being treated differently, even though he is not Japanese.  He does befriend a Japanese-American girl named Keiko and together they battle prejudice, until Keiko is sent away to an internment camp, and they are separated forever, or so it seems.  The story chronicles Henry’s search for Keiko and fully displays the struggles of so many people during war time.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This is a story about an elderly man named Eddie.  Eddie dies saving a young girl from a tragic carnival accident, and in order to get to Heaven, Eddie has to meet five people who have somehow been involved in his life.  Each person has a lesson to teach him.  This is a “feel good” book – If you like stories that will warm your heart, this is a great pick, but you may shed a few tears on the way!

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Taken from JRR Tolkien’s created fantasy world of Middle Earth, a hobbit named Frodo inherits a Ring that will destroy Middle Earth, unless he can destroy it.  Together with some fellow hobbits, a wizard, elves, dwarves, and men, Frodo makes the treacherous journey to Mount Doom, all while being pursued by evil creatures that wish to kill Frodo and take the ring back for themselves!  This is the sequel to The Hobbit and the beginning of the trilogy.
This book is for people who love to read and don’t mind reading extra each week, as this is a hefty book.

Same Kind of Different as Me

This book is more of a memoir.  It is a story of faith, hope and love.  It tells the story of a woman named Deborah who recognizes that wealth does not equal happiness, but helping others does.  She encourages her wealthy art dealer husband to begin volunteering in a soup kitchen.  Her husband, Ron Hall, believes he will greatly impact the lives of these people, only to find out that a certain homeless man named Denver ends up changing his life.  This is a touching story that will make you realize the importance of loving all human beings.

April Morning

This is a historical fiction novel about the Revolutionary War.  It is about a seventeen year old boy named Adam who constantly butts heads with his father, Moses.   As the revolution approaches, Adam must decide what to do – fight for his country, or obey his peacekeeping father.   Those who like action and bit of a challenge in their reading might want to pick this book.

Heart of a Champion

Those who like baseball or sports might enjoy this book.  It is about a high school student named Seth, an average athlete whose father dies.  Seth befriends Jimmy, who is a star athlete but has a horrible home life.  Throughout high school, Seth and Jimmy work to make each other the best athletes they can be, but are forced to make tough decisions when it comes to peer pressure. Unfortunately, they don’t always make the right decisions.   Those who like sports, baseball, or realistic fiction would enjoy this book.

Mississippi Trial

This book is inspired by the story of Emmett Till, a young boy who is visiting his grandfather in Mississippi in 1955.  This chronicles the horrifying story of what happens to Emmett after he whistles at a white girl in the deeply segregated South.  Hiram, the protagonist, wants to investigate and bring justice to the situation, but is afraid of what that might cost him.  This is a highly acclaimed book!  Those who like historical fiction, realistic fiction, and suspense will like this book


Legend is told from the perspective of two leading characters: Day, a renegade from the streets, and June, an elite student at Drake University and the Republic's shining prodigy. Day is a criminal on the run for stealing from the Republic and making the government look foolish. In the beginning, he's watching his family from afar (they think he's dead) and he sees that his house has been marked with a strange cross. This signifies that they have the plague.
At the same time, June is attending Drake University and has completed three years even though she's only 15. Her parents are dead, so her brother, Captain Metias Iparis, raises her.
In a shocking turn of events these two cross paths and uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.
“Doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” –New York Times

Terror At Bottle Creek

When his dad disappears, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane.  Cort’s father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama and has been teaching his son everything he knows.  When a deadly Category 3 storm makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put all his skills –and bravery – to the test.  One catastrophe seems to lead to another, leaving Cort and two neighbor girls to face the storm as best they can.  Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetlands filled with dangerous, desperate wild animals, it’s up to Cort to win—or lose—the fight for their lives.
“A harrowing tale of survival. . . A page turner that will have readers watching where they step and looking into trees, long after the slithering and snorting end.” –School of Library Journal


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