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Ms. Gaffey
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Ms. G's 9th Grade Independent Reading Library

My students need over 100 interesting, diverse books to choose from for an independent reading library.

My Students

Imagine walking into a cavernous library, and the sense of possibility and empowerment in being able to choose any story you'd like to read. Unfortunately, my 9th grade students currently do not have this opportunity, as our classroom library is understocked.

My 9th grade students come to Murray Hill Academy from middle schools all across NYC.

Many students are also transfer students, looking for an alternative academic environment and experience after not accumulating enough credits at their former schools. As my students transition to Murray Hill and go through many changes, they can use the experience of independent reading to help them discover and establish their unique identities.

My Project

I am requesting a wide variety of books that respects the diversity of my students' experiences and interests. At our school, we see each student as an individual; having a library full of different stories to reach out to all my students is very important. I am requesting many young adult literature titles that might reflect my students' own personal experiences. I'm also requesting lots of nonfiction books about science, history, ecology, health, and the environment, as well as biographies, autobiographies and graphic novels. I hope to begin a strong independent reading program in which students choose their own books, write and reflect on them, and share their experiences with their peers.

Having an expansive classroom library will better my 9th-graders' experience in English class and in life!

Given the opportunity to make their own choices about what they read will make reading personal, enjoyable, and enriching for them. "There is no friend as loyal as a book." -Ernest Hemingway

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Where Your Donation Goes

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Romeo and Juliet (Illustrated Classics) • Amazon $8.96 5 $44.80
Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution • Amazon $29.94 1 $29.94
The Book Thief • Amazon $7.34 4 $29.36
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us • Amazon $14.48 2 $28.96
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) • Amazon $14.46 2 $28.92
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy • Amazon $14.39 2 $28.78
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis • Amazon $13.28 2 $26.56
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream • Amazon $12.95 2 $25.90
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon $8.48 3 $25.44
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values • Amazon $12.68 1 $12.68
Chasing Lincoln's Killer • Amazon $12.17 2 $24.34
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon $8.09 3 $24.27
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun • Amazon $11.48 2 $22.96
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents • Amazon $10.86 2 $21.72
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) • Amazon $10.86 2 $21.72
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon $7.19 3 $21.57
Crank (Crank Trilogy) • Amazon $10.76 2 $21.52
Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity through Art, Craft and Journaling • Amazon $21.23 1 $21.23
Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life • Amazon $10.28 2 $20.56
Before We Were Free • Amazon $6.29 3 $18.87
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon $9.24 2 $18.48
I Am the Messenger • Amazon $9.08 2 $18.16
Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith • Amazon $17.48 1 $17.48
Speak • Amazon $8.48 2 $16.96
Elsewhere • Amazon $7.88 2 $15.76
The Arrival • Amazon $14.48 1 $14.48
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon $4.79 3 $14.37
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon $6.59 2 $13.18
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) • Amazon $12.68 1 $12.68
On the Fringe: Stories • Amazon $6.16 2 $12.32
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali • Amazon $5.71 2 $11.42
The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 (The Kane Chronicles) (Kane Chronicles, The) • Amazon $10.28 1 $10.28
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary • Amazon $4.89 2 $9.78
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon $9.63 1 $9.63
Not Your Typical Book About the Environment • Amazon $9.06 1 $9.06
Boy Meets Boy • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1) • Amazon $7.86 1 $7.86
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac • Amazon $3.60 2 $7.20
Beastly • Amazon $3.60 2 $7.20

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This project will reach 100 students.

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