2018 - 2019 One Book Theme, "Windows and Mirrors"
The 2018 - 2019 One Book theme is titled, “Windows and Mirrors.” The idea behind the theme is that books serve as windows and mirrors for their readers. Windows are to see into the lives of others and mirrors are to reflect similar qualities in specific characters to reflect on who we are as a person.
For the 2018 - 2019 school year, students and staff can choose from five (5) books which have a common theme of characters facing adversity. The challenge for the reader is to identify which characters, emotions, or moments reflect or give a glimpse into their own lives.
Book Selections and Summaries
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Historical fiction told in alternating voices set during the occupation of France in WWII.
As the Nazis occupy Paris, blind twelve-year-old Marie-Laure escapes with her father to a home on the coast in Saint-Malo. Her father, a master locksmith for the Museum of Natural History, brings with them one of the museums most valuable jewels. Werner, an orphaned German soldier, is assigned as a radio expert to track the German resistance. The characters intertwined lives come together in Saint-Malo as the story unfolds telling the tale of their survival, risk taking, and inherent goodness of people.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman suffering from anxiety. Solving the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett would bring a hundred-thousand-dollar reward, so Aza and her best friend, Daisy, are eager to investigate. They navigate the short distance from their homes in Indianapolis, as well as the broad social divides, that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. But Aza is living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Still hurting from the death of her father years ago, she's crippled by 'thought spirals' and the irrational, obsessive fear she has of microbes and bacteria.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Sixteen-year-old track star, Jessica, lives to run, but loses her leg in a serious bus accident. The tale follows Jessica's initial despair and growing confidence as she struggles to cope with her disability and learns to use a prosthetic running leg. Jessica makes friends with Rosa, a bright girl with cerebral palsy whom she had never noticed before. As she recovers and her friendship with Rosa grows, Jessica decides to push the wheelchair-bound girl through a 10-mile race. This is an inspirational story of overcoming obstacles, anxiety and fear.
Prisoner of Cell 25 by Michael Vey
Fourteen-year-old Michael, who has Tourette’s Syndrome, discovers he also has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them. After Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his wits, powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others.