I read this article in May’s Real Simple magazine:

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The challenge was to name the book that had the most impact on your life. I asked my 8th grade students to put together their own list. (I have more than 50 students but some titles were repeats.) I found the resulting list interesting. If you haven’t read some of these books, you should check them out.

The only addition I will make to the list is the book that had the most impact on my life, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (I learned to read with Silverstein’s poems).

Here is our list. What book changed your life?

1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
7. Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney
8. Compound by S. A. Bodeen
9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
10. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
12. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
13. Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
14. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
15. A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
16. A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
17. Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
18. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
19. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
20. Slam by Nick Hornby
21. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
22. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
23. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
24. Misery by Stephen King
25. The Long Walk by Stephen King
26. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
27. No More Dead Dogs by Gordan Korman
28. Wolves of the Beyond series by Kathryn Lasky
29. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
30. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
31. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
32. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
33. Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
34. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
35. Game by Walter Dean Myers
36. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
37. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
38. 1984 by George Orwell
39. Animal Farm by George Orwell
40. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
41. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
42. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
43. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
44. The books of Dr. Seuss
45. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
46. No, David! By David Shannon
47. Annie’s Baby by Beatrice Sparks
48. The Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater
49. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
50. Night by Elie Wiesel
51. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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