Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Teaching Guide: Beacon Hills High

I admit it: I was a bit cynical when a new novel by Mo'Nique--the actress and comedian--appeared on our list. However, Beacon Hills High is a terrific read for the high school set. Mo'Nique's heroine, Eboni, moves from Baltimore to Los Angeles--and she confronts issues familiar to many teenage girls such as body image, boys, being the "new girl" in school, and adjusting to a new neighborhood.

I liked the book's honest approach and its characters so much that I asked Kate Coxon (a teacher at Rocketship One Public School in San Jose, California) to write a teaching guide.

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