Joseph and Michael, students at the charter school, were looking at a book about tanks and discussing military hardware, various battles, our policy in Iraq . . . I was impressed by their knowledge. Joseph told me about a book about a young soldier sent into combat in France in 1944. It was The Beardless Warriors. I’d picked it up at a book store, read it and then donated it to the school. I told them it was my copy. “Oh, thank you!” Joe said. “I love that book! It saved my life in SSR!” (He meant Sustained Silent Reading, a daily period in which students must read a book of their choice.) Michael said he loved the book, too.
I’ve donated dozens of books to the school. And someone’s reading them! Neither boy has read All Quiet on the Western Front. I going to buy a copy and give it to Joseph.