Teacher HELPLINE: Best books for troubled teens?

Teacher Sandra writes: “One of my favorite students got in some trouble, and long story short, he’s currently in juvenile detention. I want to get him some books for the holidays, but I need recommendations. I want something that will […]

Teacher Sandra writes:

“One of my favorite students got in some trouble, and long story short, he’s currently in juvenile detention. I want to get him some books for the holidays, but I need recommendations. I want something that will inspire him. Any ideas?”

  • I Am Malala was really good. It made me appreciate that I could get an education. – Katie W.
  • Gifted Hands, by Ben Carson. – Laura F.
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X. – LaTashae B.
  • How to Win Friends and Alienate People, by Dale Carnegie. My husband is 72 years old and swears that book helped him make it through life. – Denise W.
  • The Other Wes Moore. Every teacher that works with at-risk youth should read it, and any kid on the cusp too. It shows how life can take two paths, and the choices are yours. – Marleni L.
  • Freedom Writers. – Cathey H.
  • The Last Lecture. – Sonja L.
  • Native Son. – Kendal T.
  • Anything by Chris Crutcher. – Adriane G.
  • Monster, by Walter Dean Myers. – Emily B.
  • A Hand to Guide Me, by Denzel Washington!! It’s filled with stories of famous people and the people who helped them accomplish their dreams. – Jessica G.
  • How about The Catcher in the Rye? Old school, but still . . . – Vicki L.
  • Unbroken. – Brenda M.
  • A Raisin in the Sun, The Outsiders, or The Giver. – Rachel D.
  • Bad Boy, by Walter Dean Myers. – Jen M.
  • Brave New World. – Sarah H.

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