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15 Kids Explain How They Identify With Books

15 Kids Explain How They Identify With Books

As a writer and teacher, I have often wondered if my middle school students feel connected to characters in books because of gender, race, or cultural background. Here is what I found out:

1. & 2. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

“I am strong-willed, so I loved Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.”Nick

“I am an introvert, so I loved Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.”Seby


3. & 4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

“I am confident, so I loved Divergent.”Zara

“I am unique, so I loved Divergent.”Swarnika


5. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“I am unique, so I love Counting by 7s.”Chloe


6. Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano

“I am abstract, so I loved Oyasumi Punpun. (Goodnight Punpun in English!)”Nazareth

7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

“I am extroversive, so I love Beautiful Creatures.”Emily


8. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

“I am loyal, so I loved Heroes of Olympus.”Mauricio


9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

“I am adventurous, so I loved Maze Runner.”Riley


10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

“I am adventurous, brave, and helpful so I loved The Lord of the Rings.”Eleanor


11. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

“I am strong, so I loved Okay for Now.”Amar


12. Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

“I am adventurous, so I love Alex Rider.”Demetri


13. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

“I am whimsical, so I loved The Lunar Chronicles.”Ashley

14. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“I am adaptable, so I loved Little Women.”Keren


15. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

“I am a person who does different things, but doesn’t know exactly what my ’thing’ is, so I loved Absolutely Almost. ”Nina

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