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Book Author Grade Levels Lesson Plans
“The Summer of Ice Cream” and “Miracle” Tope Folarin 9+ Lesson plans focused on symbolism, the immigrant experience, and character development.
’ Til the Well Runs Dry Lauren Francis-Sharma 9+
A Curious Land Susan Muaddi Darraj 9+
A Place Between Stations Stephanie Allen 9+
A Student of Living Things Susan Richards Shreve 9+ Lessons on culture and history, figurative language, and character
A Year and a Day Leslie Pietrzyk 9+ Lessons on character, point of view, and symbolism
Aerogrammes Tania James 9+
After Marita Golden 9+ Lessons on theme (forgiveness and redemption), character development and literary devices (metaphor, simile, personification and figurative language).
Aliens & Other Stories Kathleen Wheaton 9+
All Our Yesterdays Cristin Terrill 7+
All Over Roy Kesey 9+
All Souls Rising Madison Smartt Bell 9+
Annie’s Ghosts Steve Luxenberg 9+
Any Deadly Thing Roy Kesey 9+
Arcadia Lauren Groff 9+ Lessons on character development, point of view, and culture and history
Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair Carolivia Herron 9+
Atlas of Unknowns Tania James 9+
Balm Dolen Perkins-Valdez 9+
Beautiful. And Ugly Too M.K. Asante 9+
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Danielle Evans 9+ Lessons on character development, point of view, and symbolism
Between Camelots David Ebenbach 9+
Black Elvis Geoffrey Becker 9+ Lessons on culture, history, character development and theme.
Born Wicked Jessica Spotswood 7+
Breaking Her Fall Stephen Goodwin 9+ Lessons on character development, voice, and point of view
Breaking Point Karyn Langhorne Folan 9+
Breathing Room Patricia Elam 9+ Lessons on point of view, character development, symbolism, and close text analysis.
Buck M.K. Asante 9+
Candor Pam Bachorz 7+ Lessons on character development, close text analysis, and dialogue.
Capital Girls Ella Monroe (Amy Reingold & Maz Rauber) 9+
Castro’s Curveball Tim Wendel 9+
Cologne Sarah Pleydell 9+
Could You Be with Her Now Jen Michalski 9+
D.C. Noir (edited by George Pelecanos) James Grady 9+
Dangerous Men Geoffrey Becker 9+
Daughter of Deaths: The Scythe Wielder’s Secret (Volume 3) Christopher Mannino 6+
District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC Matt Dembicki 9+
Doctor Sleep Madison Smartt Bell 11+
Dodgers: A Novel Bill Beverly 9+
Drastic Maud Casey 9+ Lessons on plot development, character development and point of view.
Drift Alan King 9+
Drowned Moon Glenn Blake 9+ Lessons on imagery, elements of short fiction (theme, setting, characterization) and close reading.
Dusk James Salter 9+ Lessons on figurative language, character development, and voice
Ever Is a Long Time Ralph Eubanks 9+ Lessons on symbolism, culture, and history.
Faith for Beginners Aaron Hamburger 9+
Fathering Words E. Ethelbert Miller 9+
Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City David Nicholson 9+
Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade Rachel Louise Snyder 9+
Fun With Problems Robert Stone 9+ Lessons on figurative language, character development, and point of view
Genealogy Maud Casey 11+
Halfway House Katharine Noel 9+
Harmony: A Novel Carolyn Parkhurst 9+
Here Lies Daniel Tate Cristin Terrill 6+
Hole in My Life Jack Gantos 9+ Lessons on foreshadowing, symbolism, and history and culture
How To Grow Up Like Me: The Ballou Story Project (Volume 1) Shout Mouse Press 6+
How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love E. Ethelbert Miller 9+
If You Come Softly Jacqueline Woodson 6+ Lessons on point of view, the theme of love and the cultural and historical context(s) of race in Jacqueline Woodson's "If You Come Softly".
In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. Wil Haygood 9+
Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother Barbara Morrison 9+
Into the Wilderness David Ebenbach 9+
It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful Lia Purpura 6+
It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation M.K. Asante 9+
King Baby Lia Purpura 9+
King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Wil Haygood 9+
Law of Attraction Allison Leotta 9+
Limber Angela Pelster 9+
Little X: Growing Up In The Nation Of Islam Sonsyrea Tate 9+
Loosing My Espanish H.G. Carrillo 10+ Lessons on character development, identity, language and plot development.
Lost and Found Carolyn Parkhurst 9+
Lost in the City Edward P. Jones 9+ Lessons on point of view, symbolism, and setting
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army Kayla Williams 9+
Lucky Strikes Louis Bayard 6+
Man Alive! Mary Kay Zuravleff 9+
March Geraldine Brooks 9+ Lessons on culture and history, point of view, and symbolism
Master of the Crossroads Madison Smartt Bell 9+
Migrations of the Heart: An Autobiography Marita Golden 9+
Model Home Eric Puchner 9+
Montana Noir James Grady 9+
Moonface Angela Balcita 9+ Lessons on point of view, character development, and figurative language.
Mother of Sorrows Richard McCann 9+
Mr. Timothy Louis Bayard 9+ Lessons on history, character development, and symbolism.
Music Through the Floor: Stories Eric Puchner 9+
My Life as a Mermaid Jen Grow 7+
Nerd Camp Elissa Brent Weissman 5+
Nerd Camp 2.0 Elissa Brent Weissman 5+
Nine Years Under Sheri Booker 9+
No Marble Angels Joanne Leedom-Ackerman 9+
Ocean State Jean McGarry 9+ Lessons on character development, point of view, and symbolism
On Looking Lia Purpura 9+
On Our Way to Beautiful: A Family Memoir Yolanda Young 9+
Operation Oleander Valerie Patterson 9+
Our Lives Matter: The Ballou Story Project (Volume 2) Shout Mouse Press 6+
Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind Sarah Wildman 10+
Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery Winifred Conkling 5+
Patterson Heights Felicia Pride 9+
Pears on a Willow Tree Leslie Pietrzyk 9+ Lessons on character development, culture and history, and point of view
Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War Kayla Williams 9+
Plum and Jaggers Susan Richards Shreve 9+ Lessons on close reading, composition, and character development
Point Blank: Poems Alan King 9+
Pretty Ugly Karyn Langhorne Folan 9+
Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World Winifred Conkling 5+
Return Fire Glenn Blake 9+
Right of Way Andrew Wingfield 9+ Lessons on character development, narrative point of view, motif and theme.
Roosevelt’s Beast Louis Bayard 11+
Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town Deborah Rudacille 9+
Rules for the Unruly Marion Winik 9+
Salvaged Pages Alexandra Zapruder 9+ Lessons on character development and point of view
Say So Dora Malech 9+
School of Deaths Christopher Mannino 6+
Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years Ron Capps 9+
Shelter Jung Yun 9+
Shore Ordered Ocean Dora Malech 9+
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America Wil Haygood 9+
Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories Katherine Heiny 9+
Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration Tony Lewis Jr. 9+
Snow in May: Stories Kseniya Melnik 9+
Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America David Taylor 9+
Speak of the Devil Allison Leotta 9+
Stay God, Sweet Angel Nik Korpon 11+
Strivers and Other Stories Robert Williams 9+
Success: Stories David Taylor 9+
Swamplandia! Karen Russell 9+ Lessons on character development, narrative structure, and the hero's journey
Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson Wil Haygood 9+
Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret Book 2) Christopher Mannino 6+
Sylvia & Aki Winifred Conkling 6+
Tales from the Holy Land Rafael Alvarez 7+
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach 9+ Lessons on character development, point of view, and symbolism
The Beast Side D. Watkins 9+ Lesson plans focused on the political essay as a form; the importance of literacy; and artistic responsibility.
The Bowl Is Already Broken Mary Kay Zuravleff 11+
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka 9+ Lessons on point of view, poetic language, and culture history
The Butler: A Witness to History Wil Haygood 9+
The Calligrapher’s Daughter Eugenia Kim 10+ Lessons on culture, history, character development and close reading.
The Children Bob Moses Led: A Novel of Freedom Summer William Heath 9+
The Civilized World Susi Wyss 9+ Lessons on literary devices, textual themes and character development.
The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller E. Ethelbert Miller 9+
The Color of My Soul Melanie Hatter 9+ Lessons on identity formation, oral history, and symbolism
The Color of Night Madison Smartt Bell 11+
The Cook Up D. Watkins 9+
The Dark Path to the River Joanne Leedom-Ackerman 11+
The Day Tajon Got Shot Shout Mouse Press 6+
The Dogs of Babel Carolyn Parkhurst 10+
The Fifth Inning E. Ethelbert Miller 9+ Lessons on symbolism, point of view, and tone
The Frequency of Souls Mary Kay Zuravleff 9+ Lessons on symbolism, character development, and point of view
The Glen Rock Book of the Dead Marion Winik 9+
The Greatest Show Michael Downs 9+
The Hopefuls Jennifer Close 9+
The House at the End of the Road Ralph Eubanks 9+ Lessons on figurative language, culture, and history.
The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly Susan Muaddi Darraj 9+
The Known World Edward P. Jones 9+ Lessons on character development, symbolism, and setting
The Last Good Girl: A Novel (Anna Curtis Series) Allison Leotta 9+
The Last Summer of the World: A Novel Emily Mitchell 9+
The Man Who Walked Away Maud Casey 9+
The Nobodies Album Carolyn Parkhurst 9+ Lessons on symbolism, figurative language, and point of view
The Other Side of Blue Valerie Patterson 9+
The Postmistress Sarah Blake 11+
The Riddle of Gender Deborah Rudacille 11+
The Shape of Things to Come Maud Casey 9+ Lessons on point of view, character development, culture, and history
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties Jessica Anya Blau 9+
The Tide King Jen Michalski 9+
The Tusk That Did the Damage Tania James 10+
The Untold Story of the Real Me: Young Voices From Prison Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop 6+
The View from Stalin’s Head Aaron Hamburger 9+
The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides 9+ Lessons on culture, history, point of view, and close text analysis.
The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel Marita Golden 9+
Thereafter Johnnie Carolivia Herron 11+
They Call Me 299-359: Writings by the Incarcerated Youth of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop 6+
Things Shaped in Passing: More ‘Poets for Life” Writing from the AIDS Pandemic Richard McCann 9+
Think of the Danger Thea Brown 9+
Time of the Locust Morowa Yejide 9+
Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Matt Dembicki 6+
Twelve Years a Slave (by Solomon Northup) Dolen Perkins-Valdez 9+
Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film Alexandra Zapruder 9+
Viral: Stories Emily Mitchell 9+
Warm Springs Susan Richards Shreve 9+ Lessons on culture and history and narrative craft and structure.
Washing the Dead Michelle Brafman 9+
Wench Dolen Perkins-Valdez 9+ Lessons on characterization, culture and history, and close text analysis
Westerly Will Schutt 9+
What We’ve Lost is Nothing Rachel Louise Snyder 9+
When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne Louise Levathes 10+
Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures Matt Dembicki 6+
Wisdom Teeth Derrick Weston Brown 9+ Lessons on close text analysis, symbolism, and culture and history.
You Are One of Them Elliott Holt 9+
You Are the Love of My Life Susan Richards Shreve 9+
You May See a Stranger: Stories Paula Whyman 9+

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