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Ms. Howard from Benton AR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Can Be Dangerous...

My students need 39 fiction books that cover relevant issues, topics of interest, and appeal to their appetite for reading.

  • $569 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I teach 10th grade English in a district suffering from a growing drop-out rate and increasing percentage of students in poverty.

When I heard about DonorsChoose, I asked my kids to write about what they wanted. Besides a few off the wall answers about padded, heated desks or iPods for each student, I was shocked to see so much interest in a classroom library. As a class, we only have time to read a limited number of novels each semester. According to the kids, our library is completely unapproachable...and they're right. It is a great place for research, but they're is nothing appealing about the selection of quality young adult fiction. I had no idea the kids had this hunger to read the newest and hottest books on the shelves of bookstores. Since a large of our students do come from a home suffering from economic distress, placing a book on the shopping list is out of the question.

I want to give students that access and surround them in novels that can help them escape their daily lives into the plot of a great book. "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: 'This can save your life." I believe that immersing my students in a world of interesting, accessible, and relevant reading material could change my students from non-readers to avid readers, from drop-outs to high school graduates, from a lackadaisical seat warmer to a motivated, self-driven student.

Your help will ensure that my students have that access to the material they are so hungry for. Knowing now that my students have the appetite for good fiction, I feel like I have to exhaust every outlet for help. Please help me give them this amazing opportunity to discover what the world of literature has to offer.

Ms. Howard
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Life of Pi Yann Martel • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Tricks Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $12.34 1 $12.34
Slam! Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Before I Die Jenny Downham • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Crank Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Go Ask Alice Anonymous • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.00 1 $8.00
Sold Patricia Mccormick • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Hate List Jennifer Brown • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Tangerine Edward Bloor, Danny De Vito (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The Giver Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Peace Like a River Leif Enger • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Crossing the Wire Will Hobbs • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Peak Roland Smith • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two Joseph Bruchac • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Deadline Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie David Lubar • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Abundance of Katherines John Green • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Twilight Saga Collection Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $53.95 1 $53.95
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
The Vampire Diaries #1-2: The Awakening and The Struggle L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
Viola in Reel Life Adriana Trigiani • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $9.59 1 $9.59
The Truth about Forever Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $3.98 1 $3.98
Monster Walter Dean Myers, Christopher A. Myers (Illustrator), Christopher Myers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Lost It Kristen Tracy • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
After Amy Efaw • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Anatomy of a Boyfriend Daria Snadowsky • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1) Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $3.98 1 $3.98
Deadly Little Secrets (Touch Series #1) Laurie Faria Stolarz • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79

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