Our friend and colleague Katie Johnson, a teacher with the Cedar Shoals Freshman Transition Camp, needs books!

If you have any gently used copies of these books to donate, you can drop them off a Cedar Shoals High School or mail them, ATTN: Katie Johnson. The address is: 1300 Cedar Shoals Dr, Athens, GA 30605. Thanks for your help reaching these students with thought-provoking, high-interest books as they make their move to high school – from Books for Keeps, from Cedar Shoals, and from the students!

Here is the list of what is needed:
Yummy by G. Neri
Playground by 50 Cent
Fist Stick Knife Gun (the graphic novel version) by Geoffrey Canada
Love Don’t Live Here No More: Doggy Tales Vol 1 by Snoop Dogg
Hey Ya; The Unauthorized Biography of Outcast by Chris Nickson
Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexis
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Also needed by in smaller quantities:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez

In summer 2016, Cedar Shoals hosted this summer program to help students transition into high school. Part of this program was handing out lexile-level-appropriate books to students entering 9th grade at feeder middle schools, Hilsman and Coile. Before camp began, students had to read their assigned book. Once at camp, students were organized into groups by what book they were assigned to read, and they then competed in classroom challenges for prizes. Students also blogged about their books.

Over 150 rising ninth graders read below reading level before they enter 9th grade. Some students are reading on a 5th or 6th grade level, and they struggle to succeed in their first year of high school. The team at Cedar Shoals High School hopes to narrow these reading gaps through an engaging summer program. They hope to collect or otherwise purchase engaging graphic novels for students who are reading on a low level, such as the novel Yummy by G. Neri and Playground by 50 Cent. By encouraging competitions surrounding these books, the team helps students develop a love of reading and also see their culture reflected in these texts.

In order to continue the program, CSHS needs our help gathering those books. If you have any gently used copies of these books to donate, you can drop them off a Cedar Shoals High School or mail them, ATTN: Katie Johnson. The address is: 1300 Cedar Shoals Dr, Athens, GA 30605.

Thank you for your consideration and your care for students in our community!