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Literature Circle Book Preview
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Boy In The Striped Pajamas
By John Boyne
Preview: Main character Bruno is a 9-year-old boy growing up during World War II in Berlin. He lives in a huge house with his loving parents, his twelve-year-old sister Gretel, and maidservants. His father is a high-ranking SS officer who, after a visit from Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, is promoted to Commandant, and to Bruno's dismay, the family has to move away to a place called "Out-With," an Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
Genre: Historical/ Post Modern
Blood On The River
By Elisa Carbone
Preview: Samuel Collier, a rough-and-tumble young orphan, becomes Captain John Smith's page on his journey to the New World. Brought up in poor conditions, Samuel is street-smart but also quick-tempered. He has to learn to control his anger and to use his head instead of his fists. During the journey on the ship the Susan Constant, Samuel begins to learn how to determine right from wrong. Through his interactions with other boys his age and with key figures such as Captain John Smith, Reverend Hunt, and Master Wingfield, Samuel discovers ways to avoid conflict.
Genre: Historical fiction
By Neal Shusterman
Preview: It takes place in the United States, somewhere in the near future. After a civil war—known as the Second Civil War or the Heartland War—is fought over abortion, a compromise was reached, allowing parents to sign an order for their children between the ages of 13 and 18 years old to be unwound—taken to "harvest camps" and having their body parts harvested for later use. The story centers around three youths who have been scheduled to be unwound; Connor, a sixteen-year-old whose family believes he'd gotten into too many fights, Risa, a ward of the state who doesn't make it in the continuing program because of budget cuts, and Lev, a tithe whose rich parents had him specifically to be unwound, as he is the tenth child. Lev and his family believe 10% of everything they have should be given to God, including Lev.
Genre: Science fiction
The House of The Scorpion
By Nancy Farmer
Preview: The House of The Scorpion is a story about a young man who discovers he is a clone and must struggle to learn what this means. Matteo Alacran, a clone harvested from the DNA of El Patron, the Master of Opium, is treated poorly by the Alacran family and servants, despite his superior education and his attempts to fit in. After escaping death by fleeing to the neighboring nation of Atzlan, Matt faces isolation for reasons he never imagined.
Genre: Science fiction
Life As We Knew It
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Preview: Everything was normal until the moon was knocked out of orbit. Asteroids hit the moon all the time, but the one scheduled to hit at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 is one of the largest ones yet. To Miranda, the impending asteroid can only mean one thing: more homework. More homework on top of her best friends fighting, her dad's newly pregnant wife, and the fight with her mother over whether or not she can return to ice skating after a serious injury. With all of this on her mind, Miranda goes outside with her family to watch the asteroid hit the moon. This was the end of life as she knew it.
Genre: Science fiction
By Lois Lowry
Preview: For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.
Genre: Science fiction and fantasy