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If we lived in a fantasy world where I could set any books I wanted for middle school/high school English class curricula, these are some of the titles I would pick.
1. All the Answers by Kate Messner
Such a great look at anxiety for younger readers.
2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
How to expertly weave fairytales and folklore.
Both her YA titles are A+ reads.
4. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
So heartbreaking and beautiful.
5. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Another great pick for middle grade classrooms.
6. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Might not be the best because it has a lot of trigger warnings, but it was nominated for the Morris Award for a reason.
7. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Every class needs some quality historical fiction.
Cause sometimes magical realism can be unfamiliar and tough for younger readers, so why not give it to them in the form of teenage characters?
What books would you make required reading in schools if you had a say?