Having literature circles in your secondary reading or English class this year? Sometimes it is difficult getting started with what books to order, or to recommend for students. What you will find here is a bibliography of some strong, high quality recommended titles, divided by girls choices and boys choices. Although any great book can be equally enjoyed by either gender, sometimes adolescents are seeking main characters who share their thoughts, feelings, and issues.
This list in no way should limit what students read. It should not be an exclusive list that they must read from- that would defeat its purpose, and in fact our goals as literacy educators to create lifelong readers. This list cannot include all good books. Keep in touch with award winner websites, and youth librarians, and knowledgeable colleagues for the stream of great books being written for young readers.