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Mrs. Martyn from Jupiter FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Best Books for Middle Schoolers

My students need high-interest fiction to read for pleasure. Last year was my first year teaching middle school since 1990, and my classroom library is very small right now.

  • $175 goal

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My Students

My students are bright and love to read and learn! Many of the students come from lower income homes and do not have the resources to purchase novels to use at home.

I love the energy in the room when they get excited about what we are reading or discussing.

For the first time in some of their lives, they like Language Arts class! I want to keep the momentum going all year.

Our school is one of the top performing schools in the district. 68% of 8th graders passed the state assessment in reading last year, over 15% higher than the state average.

My Project

"The books we read as middle schoolers change the course of our identity" according to the We Are Teachers website. Last year I taught two of the books on their "Best Books for Middle Schoolers" list: The Outsiders and The Giver.

My students fell in love with the characters and learned empathy, perseverance, and pride when reading about Jonas' struggle for identity in The Giver and Ponyboy's loss and ultimate acceptance of his best friend's death in The Outsiders.

I would love to have the other books on the list available for students to check out of my classroom library. Some of my students read a new book every couple of days. One student checked out a new book every day she could. I was amazed and proud of how so many of them still love reading for pleasure. I very much want to encourage this in all of my 7th graders.

Mrs. Martyn
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 125 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Middle School Box Set • Amazon Business $31.40 1 $31.40
The Giver Quartet boxed set • Amazon Business $26.18 1 $26.18
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
Paperboy • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Wringer (Trophy Newbery) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Walk Two Moons • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
George (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31

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