The National Book Foundation’s 2012 Best of BookUp Selections

For the first time ever, we present the Best of BookUp Selections, a summer reading list straight from the source: our BookUp students! We asked the students at all six sites in New York City and Texas to vote on their top two favorite books read in BookUp during the 2011-2012 year. One site had a unanimous favorite, and others couldn’t limit their choices to just two. University Settlement students ranked all of the books read and then averaged each book’s individual score by rating them in the following categories: Relatability, Readability, Likability, Attractiveness, Universality, and Importance.


Texas WinnersBookUp Texas in Brazos Valley, TX:

Poetry Speaks Who I Am, edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Honorable Mentions:

The Stranger Within Sarah Stein by Thane Rosenbaum

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon

The Moths & Other Stories by Helena María Viramontes

I.S. 318, Brooklyn BooksBookUp at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Honorable Mention:

By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

CAMBA Kids BooksBookUp at CAMBA Kids at PS/MS 25, Brooklyn:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes


Children's Aid Society, Washington HeightsBookUp at Children’s Aid Society, Washington Heights:

Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx, BooksBookUp at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Bronx:

The Fat Girl by Marilyn Sachs



University/STRIDE booksBookUp at University Settlement/STRIDE Program, Lower East Side:

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, 4.79 out of 5

Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2012, 4.15 out of 5

The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Michael Vey, 4.06 out of 5

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 4.04 out of 5

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 4.03 out of 5