Our librarian told me yesterday about a book called A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey, which details the struggles of a black teenager going to a poor high school in Washington DC who makes it to Brown University and succeeds. It's going to be the state of Maryland book for 2008, apparently, a book that will be handed out at festivals and a book around which several events will be planned. She suggested it for 9th grade summer reading, and put a copy in my hands today. I'm only on page 20, but I'm already really emotionally invested in the story, to the point where I'm getting weepy-eyed. This kid could have been my student. Adding to the interst for me is that the subject is the class of 1995, exactly my age. I think I'm going to push for this being the book, along with one international book choice (thanks for the suggestions!) and one book for Social Studies.
With the latter in mind, I've been charged with finding an option to put alongside The Alchemist and Ender's Game that is a little more female-focused - a novel about ideas, spirituality, philosophy or existentialism in some way, but with a female protagonist. And, understand I'm asking this question without ever having read Ender's Game. Any ideas? The last ideas were really good.
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