For those of you who don't know know me by my day job, I teach high school English. This is our department's review and revise year which means that we get to test and purchase new books! I'm proposing adding some YA novels into my classroom (so my students aren't just reading the classics).
There are a lot of books I would love to add (especially Looking for Alaska, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian), but YA books often cover content that make it more difficult to be accepted into the classroom.
I've been working with our librarian and right now I will be proposing the adding of Stolen (Lucy Christopher), The Book Thief (Markus Zusak), Marcelo in the Real World (Francisco Stork) and The Things a Brother Knows (Dana Reinhardt).
These books all connect to other "classics" that we read in my class and social issues that we discuss. They are high interest books and will get my students reading and looking at literature that connects to their current world.
What do you think?
Are there any contemporary YA books that I left out that you would recommend?