2018-2019 LYRC 6-8 Discussion Guides and Additional Resources


Below is a collection of resources for each of the 2018-2019 6-8 grade nominated titles, including two sites that teachers and librarians can use to promote student participation: 

Book Taco is a free online resource designed to support the administration, assessment, and motivation of student participation in the LYRC program while providing educators a dynamic, interactive platform where they can monitor student reading progress (quiz results, book reviews, surveys), assign activities, and reward effort. Click the logo to access the site and create your free account, https://booktaco.com.



Additionally, Teaching Books has partnered with us to give access to their collection for the 6-8 grade LYRC nominated resources at https://www.teachingbooks.net/ql94f54



1.                The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White, illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        Book trailer: none as of 10/30/17

·        Author website: http://wadealbertwhite.ca/

·        Illustrator website: https://www.behance.net/marianoepelbaum


2.                Booked by Kwame Alexander

·        Educator’s Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-e2daE0hoOBRmhEd2xuLThFNEk/view

·        Discussion Questions from Itsy Bitsy Mom: https://itsybitsymom.wordpress.com/discussion-questions-booked-by-kwame-alexander/

·        Book video of author talking about and reading from the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1SaldV6b4o

·        Author website: http://kwamealexander.com/

·        Publisher website: http://www.hmhbooks.com/kwamealexanderbooks/index.html


3.                Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah

·        Discussion guide: http://www.sourcebooks.com/images/Dara_Palmer_Discussion_GuideFinal.pdf

·        Book trailer: none as of 10/30/17

·        Author reads from Dara Palmer Major Drama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d8bkdCK1i0

·        Author website: https://emmashevah.com/

·        Book website: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/dara-palmers-major-drama.html


4.                Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        Book trailer: none as of 10/30/17 but there is a short book talk video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1M6oI7oPfg

·        Author website (Angleberger): http://origamiyoda.com/

·        Book website: http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/fuzzy_9781419721229/


5.                Ghost by Jason Reynolds

·        Reading group guide: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Ghost/Jason-Reynolds/Track/9781481450157/reading_group_guide#rgg

·        No official book trailer as of 10/30/17

·        Author reads from Ghost:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKpupNR-iqkAuthor website: http://www.jasonwritesbooks.com/ (unavailable as of 7/5/17)

·        Book website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Ghost/Jason-Reynolds/Track/9781481450157


6.                Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

·        Study guide: https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/teachers/lesson-plans/migrated-featured-files/ghosts_classroom_guide.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6f6wFWmAEU

·        Extended video with author:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXQ8NAMoU5Q

·        Author website: http://goraina.com/

·        Book website: http://www.scholastic.com/ghostsraina/


7.                The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

·        Study guide: http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/GWDTM_Readers-Guide_final.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttt0ECofZ_g

·        Author website: https://kellybarnhill.wordpress.com/

·        Book website: http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/the-girl-who-drank-the-moon/


8.                Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

·        Study guide: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/pdfs/once_was_a_time_teacher_guide.pdf

·        Book trailer (unofficial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA0EGgOJ048

·        Book talk video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CpNYorgpMI

·        Author website: http://leilasales.com/


9.                Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        Book trailer (unofficial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGcmfmTmVu0

·        Author website: http://www.alangratz.com/

·        Book website: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/projekt-1065-by-alan-gratz/


10.             Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

·        Study guide: http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/teachers-guides/9781250104212TG.pdf

·        Book trailer (unofficial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o45S9EY_gw

·        Author website: http://wattkey.com/

·        Book website: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374374310


11.             The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne

·        Discussion guide: http://www.ccpayne.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/The-Thing-About-Leftovers.pdf

·        Book trailer: none as of 10/30/17  

·        Author website: http://www.ccpayne.net/

oA nice note about librarians on her site: http://www.ccpayne.net/superstar-librarians/

·        Book website: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316986/the-thing-about-leftovers-by-c-c-payne/9780147514226/


12.             Top Prospect by Paul Volponi

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        Book trailer: none as of 10/30/17

·        Author’s note on early athletic scholarship: http://www.paulvolponibooks.com/images/TopProspect-VOYA_ARTICLE.pdf

·        Author website: http://www.paulvolponibooks.com/

·        Book website: https://www.lernerbooks.com/products/t/20358/9781467794336/top-prospect