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Ms. Egawa from Seattle WA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Build It & They Will Come! YA Books in the K-8 Library

My students need 37 engaging book titles including "The Journal of Curious Letters" and "The Scorch Trials" targeted to a young adult audience.

  • $542 goal

This project expired on March 19, 2012.

This project expired on March 19, 2012.

My Students

Adolescence is a unique time in life, and the middle schoolers in our K-8 school have many unique needs. The biggest need for me as a librarian is to connect the not-yet-engaged readers with compelling books so that they increase the amount they read, and as a result grow their skill as readers.

Our K-8 alternative school attracts a diverse group of students.

Families of the 6h-8th graders often choose the K-8 option over middle school so their kids can have more personal, flexible learning experiences. The kids we want to target with this new collection of books also don’t read much, and we want to change that. Sometimes labeled as "struggling” or “non-readers,” more often they lack extensive reading experience or may comprehend in different and more complex ways. Growing the collection of contemporary Young Adult books in our library is an important step toward providing the resources that will draw these kids to reading.

My Project

Imagine you're an 8th grade boy who's been sent to the library to check out a book. Would you be most inspired to read Hatchet, Holes, or Maze Runner; the Harry Potter series, or The Vladimir Tod series? Would an adolescent girl want to explore teen issues in highly rated books like How to Save a Life and Divergent, or American Girl books? The average publication date of our library fiction section is 2000, and while there are classic titles available, contemporary Young Adult titles is what lures teen readers. These books can provide the bridge to the classics, and bridge they'll never cross if they don't pick up books in the first place!

Fifty books may not seem like a lot, but it expands the number of Young Adult fiction titles targeted to our middle school readers by close to 20%.

We'd love you to come on board and make a difference for students. If we "build it," we know they will come!

Ms. Egawa
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hunted • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Marked • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Tempted • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Elsewhere (hardback) • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
Divergent • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Once Was Lost Sara Zarr • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Story Of A Girl • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Sweethearts Sara Zarr • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Gone • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Hunger • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Lies • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Plague • AKJ Books $13.98 1 $13.98
The Chronicle of Vladimir Tod • AKJ Books $22.19 1 $22.19
Awakened • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Betrayed • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Burned (House of Night Series #7) P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Chosen • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Destined • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Burned • AKJ Books $8.13 1 $8.13
Dragon''s Oath • AKJ Books $9.61 1 $9.61
CRANK: Crank and Glass Ellen Hopkins • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Fallout Ellen Hopkins • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Flirtin'' with the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Ho • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
Identical • AKJ Books $8.13 1 $8.13
Impulse • AKJ Books $8.13 1 $8.13
Tricks Ellen Hopkins • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Deadly Little Secret (Touch Series #1) Laurie Faria Stolarz • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Death Sentence • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Lockdown Alexander Gordon Smith • AKJ Books $11.09 1 $11.09
Solitary • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Storm Runners • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
The Surge • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
The Immortals • AKJ Books $22.19 1 $22.19
The Hunt for Dark Infinity • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
The Journal of Curious Letters • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
The Maze Runner • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Scorch Trials • AKJ Books $15.53 1 $15.53

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