There are very few moments that are more awesome to teachers than when a student who doesn't normally like to read gets drawn into a good book. After a lackluster fall semester, I feel like I've struck gold in choosing books for my 8th grade scholars to use in literature circles this semester. They may get the impression that it makes me grumpy to catch them reading their novels instead of doing assigned work, but it actually delights me.
My students got to choose five of the following nine books to read and they have been really excited about them. I've had kids who have never shown an interest in reading before come find me in between classes to exclaim, "Miss! This is the best book I've ever read!" It's music to my ears!