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Ms. DeRousse from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Desperately Seeking High-Interest Books

My students need high interest books like "The Gravel Road Series," "A Child Called It," and "The Autobiography of Lebron James" in order to spark a love of reading.

  • $440 goal

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My Students

"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." -John Green I teach 9th grade reading in a high school in the Bronx. Most of my students do not like to read; however, I've found that if you can find that one book that sparks their interest, they'll be hooked for life!

My school is a Title I high school.

We have a small class library that I add to myself when I am able, but I'd love to bring in this influx of high interest books that can help my students see that books can be fun and engaging, not just an exercise in creative torture. The kids themselves are fantastic. They're eager to learn and to grow, but many of them do not see the purpose of reading.

My Project

My students need high interest books like "The Gravel Road Series," "A Child Called It," and "The Autobiography of Lebron James." One of our big themes this year is "literature as a lens." We want to teach students that books can not only be fun and entertaining, they can also help us know ourselves better. The books we're requesting deal with issues of identity and growing up, in many cases in and through adversity. During independent reading, we want to show our students that books can be applicable and useful in teaching us how to deal with the various issues with face in coming of age today. Students will use these books in our daily independent reading sessions and for their book projects.

By donating, you will be providing my students with an invaluable opportunity to read fun, high-interest books, and to learn a little more about themselves in the process!

We strive to create a life-long love of reading in our students, and these books will help us do that.

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Ms. DeRousse
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
House of Night TP boxed set (books 5-8): Hunted, Tempted, Burned, Awakened (House of Night Novels) • Amazon Business $25.64 1 $25.64
Girl Walking Backwards • Amazon Business $15.06 1 $15.06
Blue Is the Warmest Color • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Michael Jordan: The Life • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Fly Betty (Harlem Girl Lost Novels) • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
The Gravity Between Us • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Teeny Little Grief Machines (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $10.16 1 $10.16
The School for Good and Evil #3: The Last Ever After • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
Screaming Quietly (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
I'm Just Me. (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Falling Out of Place (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Self. Destructed. (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Otherwise (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $9.55 1 $9.55
Kyrie Irving: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Most Versatile Point Guards • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Annie on My Mind • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
The Man in the High Castle • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
The Final Four • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Hoops • Amazon Business $8.56 1 $8.56
Bi-Normal (Gravel Road) • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Daughters of the Moon: Volume One (Trade Edition) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Stephen Curry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Sharpest Shooters • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
True Legend • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fantasy League • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Keeping You a Secret • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
The School for Good and Evil • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
On the Court with...LeBron James (Matt Christopher Sports Biographies) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Go Ask Alice • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
On the Field with...Peyton and Eli Manning (Matt Christopher Sports Biographies) • Amazon Business $5.24 1 $5.24

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