All day yesterday, a post I read on The LiteraBuss has been going through my brain, thank to Jen Robinson's Friday Visit.
The original post dealt with books that should not be required reading. This has validity. However, I don't think any librarians or teachers are going to remove all Laura Ingalls Wilder from the shelves because of irrelevancy. Much of the discussion I've seen on this topic has to do with personal opinion, and most of the titles could be argued. (The Borrowers? Where the Red Fern Grows? Certainly, students still read these.)
I felt compelled to list young adult books (no fair listing Vanity Fair, the most boring book ever written) that are without question boring and dated, butI found that most of those books are gone from my shelves, and from my memory. Therefore, I will list some books that are disappointing to many students and yet I can't see to take them off my shelves.
Should I? I checked out I Am the Cheese to a student who was bored and asked for a full report.
Babbit, Natalie. The Search for Delicious. Disappointment Factor: Tuck Everlasting was so good.
Byars, Betsy. The Summer of the Swans. DF: Nothing happens. It's not funny.
Cormier, Robert. I am the Cheese. DF: Caused my best friend to never trust her high school librarian.
DeJong, Meindert. The Wheel on the School. DF: Won an award in the '50s. Hmmm.
Duane, Diane. So You Want to be a Wizard. DF: Love the series; first book confusing.
Fox, Paula. Any title. DF: Depressing, dated, ponderous.
Fleming, Ian. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. DF: The movie had Dick van Dyke and was really good.
Hunt, Irene. Up a Road Slowly. DF: Small town relationships and coming of age story doesn't resonate with students.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terebithia. DF: No student in the last five years has liked this.
Voigt, Cynthia. The Tillerman Saga. DF: Really long, really depressing. Students get about halfway through Homecoming and give up.
Zindel, Paul. Books not about monsters. DF: Once these were cutting edge. Now they are just a little odd.