Yet another list for Reading Groups and National Reading Group Month…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Although the Tiger’s Choice, the PaperTigers’ online reading group, selects books that are written for children but can be enjoyed by adults as well, National Reading Group Month has brought to mind those books written for adults that younger readers might adopt as their own favorites, and that could launch impassioned discussions between parents and children, teachers and students, or older and younger siblings.

The books on this week’s list are books recommended for teenagers, with content that may be beyond the emotional grasp of pre-adolescents. All of them are available in paperback and in libraries.

1) Ricochet River by Robin Cody (Stuck in a small Oregon town, two teenagers find their world becomes larger and more complex when they become friends with Jesse, a Native American high school sports star.)

2) The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle (Alice is twelve, growing up on a modern-day Wyoming ranch with a mother who rarely leaves her bed, a father who is haunted by the memory of Alice’s rebellious and gifted older sister who ran off with a rodeo rider, and an overly active imagination.)

3) Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen (The author of Hatchet tells the true story of how he raced a team of huskies across more than 1000 miles of Arctic Alaska in what Alaskans call The Last Great Race.)

4) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (This autobiography of a young girl growing up in revolutionary Iran and told in the form of a graphic novel is rich, original, and unforgettable.)

5) From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe (An amazing odyssey of a boy from the jungles of Burma who became a political exile and a Cambridge scholar, this Kiriyama Prize winner is a novelistic account of a life filled with adventures and extraordinary accomplishments.)

6) In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (The Mirabal sisters were beautiful, gifted, and valiant women who were murdered by the Dominican Republic government that they were committed to overthrow. Their true story is given gripping and moving life by their compatriot, Julia Alvarez.)

As the weather becomes colder and the days grow shorter, find your favorite teenager, choose a book, and plunge into the grand adventure of reading and sharing!

The Tiger’s Bookshelf: Chatting with Readers

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008


One wonderful and intrepid reader, Evan from Canada’s British Columbia, has sent responses to our fledgling online chat, and has sent me in search of a new (to me) series of books. (Thank you, Evan!)

Jeff Smith’s Bone series of graphic novels, which soon will have an eighth volume, is a collection that Evan highly recommends for anyone eight and older, and is one that he says is popular with both boys and girls whom he knows. I hope he recommends it for readers who are much, much older, because it’s a series that I’m eager to begin reading. “Graphica” is an arena of literature that for me is largely unexplored, although Marjane Satrapi’s two-volume Persepolis has kept me transfixed for hours and has made me realize that illustrated literature has evolved a long way from the days of comic books.

Evan also recommends Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, which he passes on to friends, and singles out Gary Paulson’s Hatchet as a book that was assigned school reading which has become one of his favorites that he’s read more than once. Another assigned classic that he says is “great” is Madeleine L”Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Evan enjoys science fiction and action and adventure novels, avoiding books where girls are the main character, TV tie-ins, and “short books.”

He’s also reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which is our Tiger’s Choice for June, and we’re eager to hear what his thoughts are when he’s finished with it. Because of the very special way in which that book was written, we ask that comments which discuss the ending please be held until the final week in June, so that no reader has the book spoiled for them!

We’re also quite eager to hear from other readers in the 9-12-year -old range. If you missed our post with questions about what you like to read and why, please go to The Tiger’s Bookshelf: Asking the Kids and join the fun! We really want to know what your favorite books are.