Kimmel Senior Independent Reading

We are so excited for you to start an independent reading project! This is an amazing opportunity to have CHOICE in what you decide to read. Have fun with this– read more of a favorite author or genre OR mix it up by trying something completely new.

The amount of enjoyment you get out of this experience is DIRECTLY related to how much you are enjoying your book. We want to help you find one that sounds good, not force you to just grab a poor random book off the shelf that you don’t even think sounds interesting.

Below you will find a collection of book suggestions to help you get started! Have questions, want a book recommendation, just want to say hi? Send Ms. Mac an email

Ms. Mac’s Video Book Talks

Listen to me talk about five popular favorites (and laugh at how awkward I am on camera!)

Start with this video book talk introduction!

Each video book talk is followed by a list of five similar titles that you might also enjoy. Clicking on the title link will take you to the online library catalog, Destiny, where you can read more about the book. If you like the book and want to put it on hold simply click the “Login” button in the book description, login using your school username and password, and then press “Hold.” Boom, you’re done!

This is a LONG book talk, but, trust me, it’s WORTH IT!

Read Alikes for Tell No One:

Realistic Suspense Sports
To skip the intro blurb skip ahead to 45 seconds into the video!

Read Alikes for A Heart in a Body in the World:


Read Alikes for All the Missing Girls:

Sports Realistic

Read Alikes for Cracking the Bell:

To skip the intro blurb begin the video at 50 seconds!

Read Alikes for Denton Little’s Death Date

Reading Survey

After you have watched the book talk videos and explored the read alike suggestions, please complete the short survey. We appreciate you!

More sources of book suggestions!

Searching for a book by genre category: written directions

Placing a hold on a book to check it out: written directions

Searching by genre and placing a hold: video directions

Published by Olathe East High School

Olathe East High School Librarian

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