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

We need books kids WANT to read!!!

The cost of 37 book titles for young adults such as Shattered Mirror, purchased at, is $523, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $540 goal

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I teach 7th grade literacy at a middle school in Brooklyn where over 80% of the students receive free lunch. 7th grade is a crucial year for students in deteremining how successful they will be on the 8th grade ELA exam. Numberous studies have shown that the more kids read, the better they perform in ALL subject areas. The trouble is, my classroom library is filled with books that do not interest my 7th grade students. The happiest moments for me as a first year teacher have been sharing an engaging conversation with kids about books. It is even more rewarding to see kids talk to each other about literature in an eager and intelligent way. However, at this point in the year, most of my students have read all of the engaging titles in my library and complain that they cannot choose from my selection of "baby" books. As a result, a shocking portion of my class simply isn't reading. My classroom library is in desperate need of a makeover. My students need high interest, young adult books in a variety of genres to choose from in order to revive their interest in reading. It is my goal to foster a love of reading in my students. This is impossible without age approriate, engaging texts. Throughout the year, I have used books as reward for students who are showing improvement in behavior, classwork or who have met reading goals they have set for themselves. I have spent my own money purchasing books they have requested. Kids KNOW what they like and my kids like to read. Please help us replenish our library with titles kids are excited about.

Ms. Liles
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
History of Rap Music • $18.75 1 $18.75
the rose that grew from concrete • $14.28 1 $14.28
tears for water: songbook of poems and lyrics • $13.57 1 $13.57
the battle of jericho • $11.87 2 $23.74
senioritis • $11.47 1 $11.47
the first part last • $11.17 2 $22.34
olive's ocean • $10.97 1 $10.97
double dutch • $10.88 2 $21.76
no laughter here • $10.87 1 $10.87
begging for change • $10.87 1 $10.87
who am I without him • $10.87 2 $21.74
locomotion • $10.87 1 $10.87
the earth my butt and other big round things • $10.87 1 $10.87
Vampire Mountain (Cirque du Freak, Book 4) • $10.85 1 $10.85
Starting With "I" : Personal Essays by Teenagers • $10.46 2 $20.92
Snakecharm: The Kiesha'ra: Volume II • $10.17 1 $10.17
Hawksong : The Kiesha'ra: Volume One • $8.96 1 $8.96
Gossip Girl #1 • $8.09 1 $8.09
Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writings by Teenage Girls • $8.09 1 $8.09
The Coldest Winter Ever • $7.19 1 $7.19
Paint Me Like I Am : Teen Poems from WritersCorps • $6.99 1 $6.99
everytime a rainbow dies • $6.99 1 $6.99
The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak, Book 2) • $6.29 1 $6.29
Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood • $6.29 1 $6.29
Shattering Glass • $6.29 1 $6.29
A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak, Book 1) • $6.29 1 $6.29
You Hear Me: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys • $6.29 1 $6.29
whale talk • $5.99 1 $5.99
ain't it all for nothing • $5.99 1 $5.99
the skin i'm in • $5.39 1 $5.39
Shattered Mirror • $5.39 1 $5.39
fever • $5.39 1 $5.39
like sisters on the homefront • $5.39 1 $5.39
money hungry • $5.39 1 $5.39
darkness before dawn • $5.39 1 $5.39
Day of the Iguana (Hank Zipzer) • $5.29 1 $5.29
Zippety Zinger (Hank Zipzer, 4) • $4.99 1 $4.99

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