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Writers Against Racism: Reading Lists For Grades 9-12

In an effort to get these W.A.R. Reading Lists into more schools, the title of my posts will have to be searchable by using effective keywords, so I will strategize different variations. Also, this is a work in progress so pardon me on formatting and number of books. 

W.A.R. writer, and author, George Stanley commented recently.

"I think the first step is to get the public schools in this country to revise their reading lists so that the books students are required to read truly represent the diverse student population of this country. Once that is accomplished, once publishers see that schools are wanting more and more books that speak to all groups that make up this great nations, instead of just to a few, then I think publishers will start buying more titles such as the ones written the fantastic W.A.R. writers."

W.A.R.: 9-12 Reading List#1

I LOVE this blurb about Rebound (Marshall Cavendish, PE 2009) by Bob Krech.

" It looked like every black kid in the school was going out for the team. And then me. Pale skin, long nose, sandy brown hair,and a cowlick that won’t stay down. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t being the only white guy. I changed pretty quick and…"

This is certainly a great book for teens to learn that racism has many levels, and that is not an exclusively black and white issue. 


I was elated to see the following W.A.R. writer, Francisco Stork’s book mentioned in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

“Marchelo in the Real World,” by Francisco X. Stork (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99) — Marchelo is a high-functioning autistic boy who doesn’t want his life to change. But his father pushes him to become part of “the real world.” “Marchelo’s voice is superb,” Rutan said. (comes via Linda S. Mah | Kalamazoo Gazette >Consider school librarians’ picks for best teen books of the year<)

Marcelo in the Real World, (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, March, 2009) is about a seventeen-year-old with a “developmental disability” similar to Aspergers syndrome who is forced to spend a summer working at his father’s law firm where he discovers the joys and pains of being fully human.


W.A.R. Author, Neesha Meminger’s newly released, Shine, Coconut Moon (Margaret K. McElderry, March 2009)  Author, Marina Budhos writes,"An important book for young people about coming to terms with identity, prejudice, and family in a post-9/11 world. A touching portrait of a strong-willed daughter and her rebellious mother." — Marina Budhos, author of Ask Me No Questions and Tell Us We’re HomeFor teachers and educators: discussions and writing exercises are available, HERE

Teachers are sponges for good resources to coincide with a novel.


  1. George Edward Stanley says:

    Great idea, Amy! I loved the blurb, too, and it was great revisiting these earlier titles from the veterans! This will succeed!! The already incredible books out there by the W.A.R. veterans will surely prove to everyone that these reading lists need to be revised.

  2. We are having the students do book trailers which will be posted on our district web site. The books vary as much as our students do. Getting students to help promote books will widen the number of selections which become more familiar to teachers, parents and other students. I am finding out more about different titles every time one of my students turns in a book trailer, and it helps me promote these books to other teachers. The more people working to spread the word about ALL authors, the faster change will come. Thanks for highlighting more books for me to recommend.
    And George, we are eager to skype with you, too. Laredo thanks you.

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