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Book Discussion Kits

by Mari H. | Sep 01, 2018

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Book discussion Kits for Teens contain twenty copies of a title for classroom or book group use. Click on the titles to check availability.  Kits for Kids are also available.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Maria Remarque
    The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.
  • The Battle of Jericho -- Sharon Draper
    When he is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the most elite gang in school, Jericho will do anything to become a member until his friend Dana, the only female pledge in the group, is targeted by a vicious Warrior, forcing Jericho to make a difficult decision.
  • Between Shades of Gray -- Ruta Sepetys
    In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.
  • The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
  • Code Talker -- Joseph Bruchac
    After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become code talkers, sending messages in their native tongue during World War II.
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
    Contains the mystery stories featuring the legendary detective.
  • The Diary of a Young Girl -- Anne Frank
    A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
  • The Doomsday Book -- Connie Willis
    Kivrin travels back in time to learn about the middle ages, but slippage on her drop coordinates causes her to land in the wrong year, when the bubonic plague is ravaging England.
  • Esperanza Rising -- Pam Munoz Ryan
    Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
  • Flowers for Algernon -- Daniel Keyes
    Charlie Gordon, a youth with limited mental capabilities, along with a laboratory rat named Algernon become the the joint objects of a scientific alteration to see if Charlie can become "normal."
  • The Freedom Writer's Diary -- Erin Gruwell
    Tells the story of how a teacher and 150 students used writing to change themselves and the world around them.
  • The Giver -- Lois Lowry
    Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
  • The Glory Field -- Walter Dean Myers
    Follows a family's two-hundred-forty-one-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
  • The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Follows the adventures of Jay Gatsby as he tries to win back the woman he loved and lost.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- J. K. Rowling
    Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Hatchet -- Gary Paulsen
    Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
    Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent.
  • The Hobbit -- J. R. R. Tolkien
    Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
  • The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
  • I Am the Messenger -- Markus Zusak
    After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
  • Looking for Alaska -- John Green
    Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
  • Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
    The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
  • Maus: My Father Bleeds History  -- Art Spiegelman
    Depicting himself being told about the Holocaust by his Polish survivor father, Spiegelman not only explores the concentration-camp experience, but also the guilt, love, and anger between father and son.
  • Milkweed -- Jerry Spinelli
    The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wit and courage to survive unimaginable circumstances.
  • The Misfits -- James Howe
    Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.
  • Monster -- Walter Dean Myers
    While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
  • Night -- Elie Wiesel
    Night is an autobiographical narrative, in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.
  • The Number Devil -- Hans Magnus Enzenberger
    Annoyed with his math teacher who assigns word problems and won't let him use a calculator, twelve-year-old Robert finds help from the number devil in his dreams.
  • Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
    In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
  • The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane
    The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civl War experiences.
  • The Rock and the River -- Kekla Magoon
    In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
  • Romeo and Juliet -- William Shakespeare
    Two young lovers defy their feuding families and marry in secret.
  • Salt: a Story of Friendship in a Time of War -- Helen Frost
    A novel in verse about two 12-year-old boys—a Miami tribe member and the son of traders—explores how their early 19th-century friendship was tested by rising tensions between Fort Wayne armies and Native Americans who sought to protect their homeland.
  • Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
    A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why -- Jay Asher
    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
    The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 -- Christopher Paul Curtis
    The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
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