UPDATED...because I totally forgot the other book I wanted to talk about!!!
This week (okay, okay, it's been a while since I linked up to the book chat...I know!) we're talking about those beloved/dreaded school-assigned books.
I'm going way back for this one (I spent one year of high school abroad and while I've read most of the books assigned then I didn't read them as assignments and I studied engineering in college so there was no assigned reading that didn't include equations!). One of the school-assigned books that stands out most in my memory is Z for Zacharia by Robert C. O'Brien.
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We read it in about the 8th grade. It stands out for two reasons. One, I think, because it has a very strong, modern, teenage female heroine. I don't remember a character that I could identify with (aside from the post-nuclear-apocalypse setting) so closely. The second reason it stands out to me is that I remember feeling like the only kid who didn't hate/make fun of the book. And it's still (I won't say how many years later because I'm in complete denial about that!) brought up as a joke. I can't say I know why, though. I guess I'll have to ask the next time I hear it mentioned. According to IMDb it is currently being made into a movie.
A book I read somewhat recently was not assigned to me but was assigned to a German colleague in his English class. It's a short book and a fast read called The Wave and is the semi-true story by Todd Strasser
under the pen name Morton Rhue (though modern copies are often under Todd Strasser's real name). It is a novelization of a teleplay by Johnny Dawkins for the movie The Wave, a fictionalized account of the "Third Wave" teaching experiment by Ron Jones that took place in a Ellwood P. Cubberley High School history class in Palo Alto, California. The novel by Strasser won the 1981 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult literature. [Source]
Note: Apparently it's been made into a movie and can be seen on here on YouTube.
What books did you love or hate that you were assigned to read?