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-Walter McKenzie

2007 Teacher Summer Reading
Volume 9, Issue 10 - June 2007

presented by
Walter McKenzie
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2007 Student Teacher Summer Reading Lists

Now in its fifth year, I know you'll enjoy our suggested summer reading list for teachers. Thanks to everyone who submitted their recommendations! We've got a nice cross-section of genres and authors. Links are provided for quick online ordering. I recommend Barnes & Noble as they tend to have the fastest turnaround time for getting books in your hands. Of course, you can look up these titles on your favorite book seller's site.

Have a great summer! Remember, you do not need to unsubscribe and then resubscribe in August. The newsletter distribution list will remain quiet until the Back to School issue!

And now 2007 recommended summer reading for teachers:


And Justice There is None
by Deborah Crombie

"Good English detective series (this is the 1st)similar to PD James.  Hard to put down once you have started.  I recommend the whole series (10)! " - Vickie Weber


The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Josh Waitzkin

" Josh Waitzkin shares his remarkable story of learning and accomplishment." - Jim de Rose


Blaze: A Posthumous Novel
by Richard Bachman

"Revised and rewritten through fellow writer Stephen King. If you like the genre this is worth your time." - Rachel Louie


Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

"An interesting study in the power of intuitive reasoning - worth your time this summer!" - Helen Santiago


by Michael Fullan

"Break out of traditional thinking with this challenging collection of ideas on education." - Lisa Levine


The Criminal in the Caymans
by Connie Lee Berry

"This book is highly entertaining and also exposes readers to geography and facts about the Cayman Islands. I read it to my second-grade class and it was a big hit. Before I knew it, the class wanted to study the globe to find where the Cayman Islands was on the map, making it a great tool for reading and geography.  Hats off to this new series for its creative way of making kids want to explore the world and get them excited about reading at the same time. " - Karen McCalister


Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around Them
by Erin Gruwell

"The entries of The Freedom Writers will touch the heart of educators who face their profession's perpetual challenges. This is an excellent read for novice, as well as experienced educators.  It should be required reading for pre-service teachers.  The movie release remains true to the text.  Plan on spending two days doing nothing but wanting to read this book!" - Charlie Pitrolo


The Good Guy
by Dean Koontz

"What happens when you get thrust into the middle of a high-risk criminal act? Koontz fans will love his latest!" - Jen Walsh


In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing
by Lee and Bob Woodruff

"Because I am a survivor of TBI, I was able to identify with Bob Woodruff. THis is a wonderful and inspiring read." - Alice Terner


The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards

"Wonderful read! This is a story of twins separated at birth." - Alice Terner


My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Piccoult -

"Compelling read dealing with family and illness... At times heartwarming. Mostly sad. Couldn't put it down." - Lori Myers


New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life
by Joel Spring

"Evidence and argument for rethinking education globally; intended for forward-thinking educators thinking through how schools will transform themselves in the next 100 years." - Walter


The Overlook
by Michael Connelly

"A murder mystery set in the present day world. It even includes terrorist threats and homeland security!" - Liz McGowan


Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion
by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

"Thanks to my colleagues in Northborugh for turning me on to this meaningful look at how school administrators can mindfully lead and live well - important to read in these stressful times in education." - Walter


Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56
by Rafe Esquith

"Recahrage your batteries this summer reading this story of an inspring LA city teacher!" - Janie Harrod


by Erik Larsen -

"Good nonfiction about Marconi and the wireless along with a murder that took place in England at the same time." - Vickie Weber


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

"A very timely read about how paradigm shifts take place in society. This book is well-written, thought-provoking and full of perspective." - Allison Edwards


Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce
by the National Center on Education and the Economy

"A reality check for educators everywhere." - John Klingenschmidt


Treasure in Tahiti
by Connie Lee Berry

"This is the second book in this new series, and it is equally as well-written and entertaining as the first book." -
Karen McCalister


Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson

"Need a laugh? I laughed out loud at this book about a guy who takes on the Appalachian Trail. His descriptions of people are hysterical." - Barb Frye


Wish You Well
by David Baldacci

"Wish You Well is a coming of age story of a precocious twelve-year-old girl living in 1940 in NYC and then in the mountains of Virginia." - Alice Terner


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