Week 13, Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

  Summary [WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!] In the midst of World War II, America found itself in a perplexing paradox—as historian Stephen Ambrose put it, “soldiers were fighting the world’s worst racist, Adolph Hitler, in the world’s most segregated army (p. i).” Blacks were relegated to service positions, and were passed up for advancement and leadership…

Week 12, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

   Summary [WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!] Colin Singleton is an anagramming, fact-memorizing, multilingual former child prodigy who just went through a breakup with his 19th Katherine (he only dates girls named Katherine—not Katie, not Catherine, p. 15).  His best friend is Hassan, who is sick of watch Colin mope over “Katherine XIX” decides they should go…

Week 11, Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

  Summary [WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!] Jack Hurd lives on a hard-working dairy farm with his parents, who are waiting for a foster child—Joseph Brook—to arrive.  At age 13, Joseph was sent to juvie for getting a girl pregnant (not sure who that lands you in legal trouble?) and has had a lot of trouble since…

Week 11, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

  Summary [WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!] Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have very different lives.  Finch is an eccentric nonconformist—other students at Bartlett High call him “Theodore Freak.”  Deep down he is a tortured soul who, we discover late in the book, is bipolar, but has never been officially diagnosed or treated.  He is tall, handsome,…

Week 10, Taking Aim by Michael Cart (Ed.)

      Summary [WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT!] Taking Aim is a look at American’s gun culture, and includes an essay followed by short stories by several notable young adult authors. A Culture of Guns…With Comments from Sons—Marc Aronson, Will Weaver, Chris Crutcher In this short essay, Aronson and Crutcher go on the attack, discussing in…