Democracy in action

At the November meetings of the 5th, 6th, and Teen Book Groups, the kids in each group nominated and voted for the books that we’ll be reading for the remainder of this school year (through May).  Here are the winning titles:

5th Grade Choices

  • Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  • Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter
  • Hoot by Carl Hiassen
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

6th Grade Choices

  • 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
  • The Glitch in Sleep by John Hulme and Michael Wexler
  • The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar
  • Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Nick of Time by Ted Bell

Teen (Grades 7 to 9) Choices

  • Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
  • The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
  • Demons of the Ocean (book one in the Vampirates series) by Justin Somper
  • Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  • Terrier by Tamora Pierce
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

It’s a great line-up of books, and I’m psyched.  The only thing I’d change about these suggestions?  The books are primarily fantasy: I do like to mix in other genres, especially mystery and historical fiction.  But I’m very happy that the kids are so happy with the book choices; the democratic choosing of the books has been good for the groups’ dynamics and morale.