Hard to believe the school buses are on the streets running prep routes, the teachers are supplying their classrooms and students are mourning (while parents celebrate) the “end of summer.” I swear, I don’t think we ever went back to school before the final week of August, and of course, it was uphill, both ways, in the snow.
If your student was supposed to read a book over the summer and didn’t because he/she couldn’t get too excited about it, or for future reference, here are links to some classics I’ve reviewed.
Adapt the book club theme to a family meal and VOILA! Instant Excitement! Or perhaps a public “Oh mom that’s so stupid” with a private, “My mom is the coolest.” Fix a family feast based on the book club menu included in the review and play the music list to generate a little excitement about the book. Ask your student who they would cast in some of these characters’ roles, too.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/coming-through-the-mad-catcher-in-the-rye/
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/adventures-with-huckleberries/
The Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/the-great/
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/everybody-have-you-heard-to-kill-a-mockingbird-by-harper-lee/
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/thankful-for-pride-prejudice-by-jane-austen/
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/plain-jane-jane-eyre-by-charlotte-bronte/
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/god-bless-us-everyone-a-christmas-carol-by-charles-dickens/
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/love-in-the-time-of-cholera-war-peace-parrots/
And if you are just wanting to engage a teenager with the written word, here are some wonderful young adult books, again with menus and music suggestions.
Breakfast Served Anytime, by Sarah Combs: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/with-a-side-of-warm-southern-wit-please-breakfast-served-anytime-by-sarah-combs/
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/okay-the-fault-in-our-stars-by-john-green/
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell: https://daeandwrite.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/first-love-eleanor-park/
Happy Reading & Eating!
*Images are vintage cards and Archie Comics.