I'm sitting here in my empty classroom. The walls are stripped, there is junk all over the classroom. Our hallways look as if a tornado just went through: every locker is hanging open, and there is an unbelievable tide of notebooks, papers, and clothing on the floor in front of the lockers. Yes, indeed, today was the last day of school. Well, not for me. I still have two more days to clean up, get grades in (done) and check out. So what am I doing? Of course, I'm thinking about next year!
Here's where I really need some help. Event though I teach young adults, I don't know as much as I should about current YA literature. So I need all you YA folks to give me a shout-out (comment) about what I should order (novels, non-fiction) for a group of sophomore repeaters for next year. For some reason that I really can't remember at this moment, I requested a class of "repeat offenders." What high interest books would you recommend for this class? I would expect my class to have more male than female students (in the past the ratio of males to females in such a class was about 10-1) so guy-friendly books are in order. Our school serves a diverse population; most of my students have never left this part of the South in their lives. What else? Give me your best ideas!