Reader Recommendations

Here are some titles our learners, tutors, and friends have recommended:


The Who-Was Series -recommended by Beth


In the Belly of the Beast, Jack Abbot -recommended by Nathaniel

County of Kings, Lemon Andersen -recommended by Nathaniel

Even Silence Has an End Ingrid Betancourt -recommended by Nathaniel

A Boy Called “It,” Dave Pelzer -recommended by Nathaniel

The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer -recommended by Nathaniel

A Man Named Dave, Dave Pelzer -recommended by Nathaniel

A Place to Stand, Jimmy Santiago Bacca -recommended by Nathaniel


Seedfolks, Paul Fleishman -recommended by Beth

Shed So Many Tears, Roderick Bankston -recommended by Tina

My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George -recommended by Beth

The Great Wide Sea, MH Herlong -recommended by Beth

Far North, Will Hobbs -recommended by Beth

Somewhere in Darkness, Walter Dean Myers -recommended by Kevin

Hatchet Series, Gary Paulsen -recommended by Kevin

Lost in the River of Grass, Ginny Rorby -recommended by Beth

The Great Death, John Smelcer -recommended by Beth

Deathwatch, Robb White -recommended by Kevin

One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams -Garcia-recommended by Megan

Orca Soundings Series -recommended by Beth

Poetry & Songs

Cold Feet, Tracy Chapman -recommended by Nathaniel

Give me One Reason, Tracy Chapman -recommended by Nathaniel

Desert Rose, Sting -recommended by Nathaniel

Short Stories

“Lamb to the Slaughter,” Roald Dahl -recommended by Megan


A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn - recommended by Tina

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander -recommended by Tina

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates -recommended by Tina

Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving -recommended by Tina

Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration, Michael Jacobson -recommended by Tina

Race, Incarceration and American Values, Glen C. Loury -recommended by Tina

Interview about race, incarceration and American values with Glen C. Loury -recommended by Tina

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall Rosenberg -recommended by Megan

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson -recommended by Tina