What have you been reading in 2019? Has a book ever changed your life? We asked and you responded with all the fiction and non-fiction grabbing your attention. The suggestions include links to Amazon to read the book summaries or make a purchase.
Middle school English teacher Amy Baverso shared her love of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, and the impact the author had on her life. As a teacher struggling to find a job, she was considering a career change when she met Chbosky at a teaching conference.
“He told me that he wrote Perks for students who felt like wallflowers, and it would take a special teacher to share those books, to break away from the traditional canon,” said Baverso. “He said I needed to be in the classroom so I could reach those kids who have nothing.”
As she now enters her tenth year of teaching – and after sharing the book with hundreds of reluctant readers over the past decade – Baverso believes that the book changed her mindset, and the author changed her life.
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