As I mentioned in two previous posts, thanks to a generous parent donation we are setting up a fiction collection in the Middle School (Emily Cherkin’s room). This collection will include fiction classics along with current award-winning fiction.
According to a recent study (To Read or Not to Read) funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, there is no question anymore that we are seeing a decline in reading proficiency among teens. Although the report is quick to point out there is no causal relationship between voluntary reading and overall reading skill, however there is a very strong association between voluntary reading and advanced reading skill. With that in mind we are happy to report that our middle school teens are devouring the new collection. Way to go readers!
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The next batch of books coming the collection include the following titles:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The Big Shuffle
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Brave New World
The Brief History of the Dead
The Bronx Masquerade
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Devil in the White City
The Distance From Normandy
How I Live Now
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents