During a visit to The Center, 10th graders from The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem were asked to tell us about any book special to them - either one they just read and loved, or a favorite book from when they were younger that made them love reading. Here are two great recommendations:



Jeimy Ruiz recommends The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown) ...BUY THE BOOK


The HostJeimy says, "I recommend The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown) because it is much better than Twilight. I was really drawn in by this book because it portrays my ideal human world. It has the perfect mixture of romance and action while not being overbearing. This is the only book that I am able to reread!"


Jeimy RuizPublishers Weekly says: "In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a "soul" called Wanderer. The straightforward narrative . . . shines with romantic intrigue."




Areej Haroon recommends To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ...BUY THE BOOK


Areej says, "This book takes place in a historical setting, and allows its readers to understand that there are many perspectives in life and in situations . . . I recommend it to people, because it's not only educational, but really interesting."


This classic of American literature won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century. At the time of its release, the Chicago Tribune called it, “A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance.”







Chelsea Rohrer-Dann, 10th Grade Teacher, recommends a book for younger readers


The Clay Marble

by Minfong Ho (FSG)

(recommended for

Grades 5-9)



Chelsea says, "I would recommend this book to all readers looking for a tale of friendship and family as a young Cambodian girl perserveres through her war-torn country. It is a story of hope and survival that will be sure to appeal to the emotions of all readers."


Kirkus Review says,"Drawing on her experience with a relief organization on the Thai border, Ho tells the story of a Cambodian family, fleeing the rival factions of the 80's while hoping to gather resources to return to farming in their homeland. Narrator Dara, 12, and the remnants of her family have arrived at a refugee camp soon after her father's summary execution...Ho skillfully shapes her story to dramatize political and humanitarian issues. Dara's growing courage and assertiveness are especially convincing and admirable. Touching, authentic, carefully wrought..."