I really love this post. I agree with Ariel that the delivery of books in school is a huge part of school, and it does affect how you would like the book. I hated reading the book that we read in school because of the paper that we had to write. I still do not see the point in writing the paper after we read the book. And the excuse that it was to prove that we read the book does not work for some of the book, because we still had to write papers for books we read in class.
I also agree with Ariel’s point of view of putting YA books in with the reading list. I believe these books are easier to connect with, and should be used if you are trying to teach a theme for the year. I believe that more kids would love reading as well as enjoying the books that they are reading.