Jason Recommends:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I would recommend this book because to me, it’s the epitome of young adult books. the choices that the characters have to face are real and timely and the book has a wonderful message about individuality and the dangers of “sameness.”

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

This book is told by the main character in journal form as he sits in jail awaiting trial for a crime. It is timely and frank and real in the issues facing lots of inner city children.


Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

This is an autobiography of Monster Kody Scott’s life growing up and joining a gang. It is written while he is in jail and reflecting on his life growing up. He eventually leaves the game and becomes a role model to his children. Again, a powerful story that doesn’t sugarcoat the ills often faced by children in the inner city.


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