Summer Reading for Teachers

Looking for a great book to read at the beach or for several to recommend to your summer book club? Check out this slideshow of fiction and non-fiction books. It contains summer reading suggestions for teachers who are interested in reading for pleasure or professional development. Each novel has an accompanying literature guide that can be adapted for book groups or classroom instruction. All quoted reviews are from

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Joey Pigza Swalled the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
by Jack Gantos

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Topics: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, special education, emotional abuse, alcoholism

Recommended by educators and librarians, reviewers call this book "an excellent portrayal of life with ADHD" and "a must read for teachers, parents, and children." This "informative and thought-provoking" story told from the perspective of a boy with attention issues is "a real page turner".

From the publisher: "Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it — especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown."

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