2019 LYRC 6-8 Discussion Guides and Additional Resources


Below is a collection of resources for each of the 2019 6-8th grade nominated titles.

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


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

·        Study guide coming soon

·        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

·        Study guide coming soon

·        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

·        Study guide coming soon

·        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

·        Guide coming soon

·        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