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5 books that African American boys want to read

favicon I’ve updated the Kindle Classroom Library Wishlist on Amazon to reflect some recent requests that I’ve received from African American boys.

Here they are:

Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago
by Lealan Jones
$14.44 (paper), not available on Kindle

The Beast
by Walter Dean Myers
$5.46 (paper), not available on Kindle

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
by Ron Suskind
$10.87 (paper), $11.99 (Kindle)

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
by Sampson Davis
$10.88 (paper), $12.99 (Kindle)

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
by Alex Kotlowitz
$10.88 (paper), $11.99 (Kindle)

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Pretty good titles, don’t you think? It’s not a surprise to me that most are nonfiction (in general, boys prefer true stories). I’ve read all the books and am impressed by how they’ve remained important over time (especially There Are No Children Here, which was featured in last month’s This American Life).

I’m hoping that you, Faithful Iserotope Readers, will get the word out so some of these books can reach my students’ hands. (Hey, that’s in color!)

You’ll note that I’ve listed both physical and electronic formats if available in case donors want to help me achieve my quest for classroom library mirroring. The Amazon wishlist makes things easy: The ebooks go straight to my email, and the physical books get shipped to my address. (And yes, Kindle books are now becoming more expensive than their physical counterparts. Oh my. I don’t know what to think of that.)

If you don’t want to buy those books but still want to make a donation to reading, you can check out the other books on the wishlist or go to the Contribute page or click the green “Promote reading!” button on the top right.

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