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Again and again the Common Core Standards state that students must read “proficiently and independently” but how do we achieve this when students are groaning about having to read demanding literature and looking for ways to pass the class without turning pages? The author shows middle and high school teachers how to create English classrooms where students care about living literate lives and develop into proficient independent readers. The book includes YA lit pairings with classic texts to aid comprehension, tips to motivate reluctant readers with immersion, encouragement, and small steps, and a study guide and guidelines for curriculum development.