11-12 English Book Choices (NOT AP) 2020

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Born on a Blue Day

by Daniel Tammet
Year Published: 2006

“He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.” Barnes and Noble

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Author Daniel Tammet shares his story

 

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Breaking Night

by Liz Murray
Year Published: 2010 

"Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard...an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.” Barnes and Noble 


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Interview with the author

New York Times Review

   
 
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Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers
Year Published: 2010

“The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.” Barnes and Noble

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 Book Review

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