Friday, January 22, 2010
This year's One School, One Book title is Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. This is the story of Hannah Baker, the events leading to her suicide, and Clay, a boy she left behind. Two weeks after Hannah's suicide, Clay comes home to find a box at his door, addressed to him. In the box are cassette tapes, recorded by Hannah before her death. On the tapes she tells her story to thirteen people, each of whom played some role in her decision to end her life. Like Rachel's challenge, Hannah's story reminds us that the little things we do, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to us, can have a profound impact on someone else.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Three titles are currently being considered for the One Book, One School selection. They are Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, Peak, by Roland Smith, and Notes from the Midnight Driver, by Jordan Sonnenblick. All three are young adult novels with teens as main characters and all can be tied, in some way, to Rachel's Challenge. Several students are reading these titles now and will soon be giving feedback to the teachers on the committee to assist in making the final decision. If you would like to get involved, see me in the library.