Can anyone suggest your favorite free time book?What is the book about? Do you think a 15 year old would like it?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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So many great books, so little time to read them all. I just finished rereading Jack London's "Call of the Wild." It's a great boy's book and adults will find it terrific as well. I thoroughly enjoy reading the early S. E. Hinton teen novels--"The Outsiders," "That Was Then, This Is Now," "Rumble Fish," etc. And for a futuristic look at a controlled world, you might give "The Giver" a try.

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My absolute favorite leisure book is Lamb, by Christopher Moore. It's the gospel according to "Biff", Christ's childhood pal. Many people are turned off by the title, as they feel it is sacrilegious in some way. However, it is used as a text in seminary schools, and many congregations read it together as a community. It combines humor & critical thinking about the Bible and Christianity, but mostly it explores Jesus in his incarnation as a man. His relationship to Biff (who's the ultimate archetype of a trickster) is incredibly moving. It's really quite fascinating, & easily one of the funniest books I've ever read. I think that, if actually read, it would appeal to anyone, no matter what culture, religion, or creed.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree on the choice of Speak, as I think it is very powerful.  Carl Hiassen's Hoot is another good read in terms of combining adolescent concerns with social issues, in particular environmental awareness.  It is also a quick read and one that can be read for leisure.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, which follows a young African-American through the Vietnam War is entertaining, funny, and meaningful.  Most 15-year-old males whom I know really enjoy it.  For girls, Speak is one of my favorites.  It's interesting, socially important, and has an interesting style.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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My favorite fre time book is Johnny Tremain.  I think any 15-year-old student would like it and it has something that a student can relate to. There are so many things that happen in it, it reminds me of a small Dickens novel in a lite version.