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I was in the library the other day when two sophomore high school girls were looking for a book to fit the following assignment: The book had to be from the adult section of the library, at least 350 pages long, and never been made into a movie. It was fun to look through the online catalogue and make suggestions. I came up with books by Carl Haaison, Robertson Davies, Umberto Ecco, and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as Freddy and Fredricka by Mark Helprin, which I read, thanks to a review in Bookmarks.

What would you have suggested? I know the teacher. Maybe I can compile a good list for her to give out to her class next year!


That minimum of 350 pages is a tough one. The clock is ticking on two of the books I suggested in response online: Atonement by...

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