11-12 English Book Choices (NOT AP)

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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

To learn more about the book:

Interview with author Liz Murray

New York Times review

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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 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

To learn more about the book:

Book review of Zeitoun

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