Historical Fiction Literature Circle Seniors – ages 14-18

Class size: 6-10 students

Class times: Friday 9:00am – 9:40am

Fee $50.00

Session 1:

October 19 (4 weeks)

This 20th-century literary circle book club portrays the challenges of being a teenager in a world that is constantly changing and where nothing is certain from one day to the next.  

The literature is geared towards ages 13+ and covers both social studies and language arts competencies.  

Students will spend 4 weeks on each book and discussions will be in the form of literature circles with specific roles assigned to each student. Roles will be rotated each week so everyone has an opportunity to play a different role

  • discussion director
  • vocabulary enricher
  • literary luminary
  • artful artist
  • character connector
  • quiz -maker
  • social studies sleuth 
  • other roles to be decided

Children of the River by Linda Crew



Multiple award-winner. A stunning tale of cultural pressures felt by a Cambodian girl who finds herself a refugee in late 20th Century United States.

Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt’s family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child.

Now, four years later, she struggles to fit in at her Oregon high school and to be “a good Cambodian girl” at home. A good Cambodian girl never dates; she waits for her family to arrange her marriage to a Cambodian boy. Yet Sundara and Jonathan, an extraordinary American boy, are powerfully drawn to each other. Haunted by grief for her lost family and for the life left behind, Sundara longs to be with him. At the same time, she wonders, are her hopes for happiness and new life in America disloyal to her past and her people?


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