Thank you Mike. This is the story.
Wanted - your old kid's books
I teach at an alternative center in Johnson City, TN. I have a self contained class of 7th and 8th graders who have been kicked out of the regular classroom for a myriad of reasons - apathy, defiance, aggression, neglect, drug charges (180 day suspension; there is really no such thing. They just remove them from the regular classroom to make people feel good). One of the things I find great joy in is connecting these kids to education and making them feel worthy of putting in the effort to become reasonable students. Up until this point in their loves they "hate to read". I try very hard to change that by introducing them to great children's lit - Gary Paulsen (Hatchet, Brian's Winter, The River, Harris and Me, The Car, The Winter Room, etc.) is an EASY way to get them hooked. They tend to find that they actually enjoy free reading time each day. The system does not give me any money to buy these types of books and my collection is old and literally falling apart. If any of you guys have teen lit books laying around the house that you no longer need, I would much appreciate the hand-me-downs.