Finding a Story: Choice Reading and Representation by McKinsey Crozier

Diversity in text is so important for those of us who have never fitted the norm…..

Nerdy Book Club

I will give you $20 to put me out of my misery. The boy beside me looked away determinedly as the note hit my lap.

You know, I could use $20, I scribbled back. The monotone of an audiobook reader washed over us, and we passed the time with these sarcastic notes, attempting to survive the grind of middle school English.

I’ve been an avid reader for longer than I can remember. Today, I read something like 200 books annually. But until recently, I never truly identified with the books we read in class.

You see, we read whole-class novels, which are exactly like they sound: the whole class reads them at the same time. These are the books-on-tape of my middle school years, the 10-minute read-aloud sessions in elementary school, and the frantic high school SparkNotes summaries. These are the books we passed notes to avoid.


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