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Perfect discussion starters for young adult book clubs, high school classrooms, community reads, and beyond. These guides are prepared by educators. Browse below by title, author, grade, or theme—or use the search box on the right for a general guide search.

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The Weight of Zero Discussion Guide

By: Guide prepared by Colleen Carroll

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine's bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide...

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Holding Up the Universe Discussion Guide

By: Guide Prepared by Dr. Rose Brock

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen." But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death, she's...

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Girl in Pieces Discussion Guide

By: Guide prepared by Laura Schick

Girl in Pieces is a Girl, Interrupted for a new generation. Kathleen Glasgow is a brilliant new talent who has written a story readers won't be able to look away from.
Charlotte Davis is in pieces....

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Being Jazz Discussion Guide

By: Guide prepared by Lynn Evarts

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At age 5, with the support of her parents, Jazz began living as a girl. As she frequently...

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This is the Part Where You Laugh Discussion Guide

By: Guide prepared by Gregory Lum

High school sophomore, Travis, plans to spend the summer as follows:
-Practicing basketball with his best friend, Creature.
-Reading excerpts of Creature's novel-in-progress: The Pervert's Guide...

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The Incident on the Bridge Discussion Guide

By: Guide prepared by Laura Schick

The police refer to it as an Incident on the Bridge. When it comes to jumpers, it's better to be discrete.
So when Thisbe Locke is last seen standing on the edge of the Coronado Bridge, from the looks...

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The Book Thief Library and Retail Kit

By: Markus Zusak

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Goodbye Stranger School Counselors’ Guide

By: Rebecca Stead
Guide prepare by: Laura Barbour

“Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love.” —The New York Times Book Review
2016 Honor Book in Fiction, Boston Globe Horn Book Award

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Finding Audrey Book Club Discussion Guide

By: Sophie Kinsella
Guide Prepared by: Rose Brock, an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

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NEA’s Read Across America 2015 Classroom Activity Guide

By: Dr. Seuss
Guide prepared by: Rachael Worthington Walker, Children's Literacy Consultant

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing...

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Unbroken Family and Educator Discussion Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Laura Hillenbrand
Guide Prepared by: Judith Turner

In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude...

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Jennifer L. Holm Author Study Kit

By: Jenni Holm;

Believe in the possible . . . with this "warm, witty, and wise" New York Times bestselling novel from three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.

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The Here and Now Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Ann Brashares

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the...

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Exploring Multiple Perspectives in Young Adult Literature (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Random House

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And We Stay Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Jenny Hubbard

When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden...

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The Living Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Matt De La Pena
Prepared by: Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD, Texas

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's The Living is "a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.” [Entertainment Weekly, A-]


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Flipped: Read the Book, See the Movie

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

Celebrating 15 years of Flipped—a classic he-said-she-said romantic comedy!  This updated anniversary edition offers story-behind-the-story revelations from author Wendelin Van Draanen.

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His Dark Materials Trilogy

By: Philip Pullman

The unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy that began with The Golden Compass—the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top...

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