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  • $570 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Pignataro
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

High Interest Book for Low Level Teen Readers

My students need 41 high interest, low level books to hook reluctant readers and help them improve their comprehension.

It's difficult to make it through middle school. It's even harder if the odds are stacked against you: you're a "bad" student, you cause trouble in the classroom, and you can barely read, although you've done a great job of pretending you're just not interested. You want to do well, but how would it look if you picked up an easy reader or worse, a picture book (the only type of writing you can almost comprehend)? You're embarrassed. You can't lose face in front of your friends. So you do what you always do. You pick up a novel that you would like to read, and pretend to read. You say loudly, "This book is boring." You throw the book across the room. Everyone laughs. You want to read, but how can you? The interesting books are just too hard.... As a middle school Humanities teacher in Brooklyn, New York, I've seen plenty of students in the situation described above. High-interest, low reading level books for teenagers(referred to as Hi-Lo books) are hard to come by. They're not included in the classroom libraries provided by the city, and they're hard to find in all public libraries. In fact, all of the Hi-Lo books I've come across have been written fairly recently, are not in many school libraries, and therefore are not easily accessible to students. I have spent countless hours in the Teen/Young Adult sections of book stores searching for the perfect books for low level readers in middle school. I search, I buy, I share, and, inevitably, students fight over the books because they are interesting and at their level. While their interest in reading is an amazing stride, I'd love to give those students more options when it comes to choosing their next book. By adding more of these books to the classroom library, they will be able to read and then share their opinions, interpretations, and recommendations with other students. I have found two series of books by Orca Publishing, Currents and Soundings. I've gotten a hold of some of the books and my students love them. It amazes me how much the books appeal to them, almost as if by magic. These books would be extremely beneficial to all my students, increasing interest, comprehension, and most of all, self-esteem.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hit Squad (Orca Soundings Series) James Heneghan • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Responsible Darlene Ryan • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Wave Warrior Lesley Choyce • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Who Owns Kelly Paddik? Beth Goobie • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Zee's Way Kristin Butcher • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Sudden Impact Lesley Choyce • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Swiped Michele Martin Bossley • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Spoiled Rotten Dayle Campbell Gaetz • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Splat! Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
See No Evil Diane Young • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Rebel's Tag K. L. Denman • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Queen of the Toilet Bowl Frieda Wishinsky • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Mirror Image K. L. Denman • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Marked Norah McClintock • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Manga Touch Jacqueline Pearce • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Laggan Lard Butts Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Hypnotized Don Trembath • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Flower Power Ann Walsh • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Daredevil Club Pam Withers • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Cracked Michele Martin Bossley • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Sewer Rats Sigmund Brouwer • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
121 Express Monique Polak • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Dog Walker Karen Spafford-Fitz • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Chat Room Kristin Butcher • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Pain & Wastings Carrie Mac • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
My Time as Caz Hazard Tanya Lloyd Kyi • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
House Party Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Hemingway Tradition Kristin Butcher • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Lockdown Diane Tullson • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Fastback Beach Shirlee Smith Matheson • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Down Norah McClintock • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Chill Colin Frizzell • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Big Guy Robin Stevenson • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Battle of the Bands K. L. Denman • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Crush Carrie Mac • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Home Invasion Monique Polak • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Yellow Line Sylvia Olsen • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
I. D. Vicki Grant • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Snitch Norah McClintock • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
One More Step Sheree Fitch • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Overdrive Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Kicked Out Beth Goobie, B. Goobie, John P. Grace (Editor), Mark S. Phillips (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Saving Grace Darlene Ryan • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
No Problem Dayle Campbell Gaetz • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Exit Point Laura Langston • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Juice Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Truth Tanya Lloyd Kyi • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95

Materials cost

$399.95

Vendor shipping charges

$40.00

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$467.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$102.51

Total project goal

$569.51

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$569.51

4 Donors

-$274.41

Donations toward project cost

-$233.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.16

match offer

-$275.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$225.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.04

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 50 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Wachovia Foundation and 4 other donors.

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